It is quite common to associate menopause with the natural reduction of libido, and this is still one of the factors that deserve more attention in attending to women’s health.
According to the Ministry of Health, most problems that are related to sexual changes in the climacteric are caused by changes in the functionality of the intimate anatomy.
That is, many women have symptoms due to hormonal reduction, resulting in dryness of the mucous membranes, atrophy of the genital system and slower response to sexual stimuli.
Therefore, it is worth mentioning that women in menopause do not necessarily have less sexual desire or needs. Often, there is only a reduction in the speed of the body’s responses.
This factor, added to the discomfort caused by sluggish vaginal lubrication and the reduction in self-esteem, may lead to a departure from sexual activities.
Often, sex causes pain or discomfort, and due to lack of information or fear, women do not resort to available therapies and care.
The result is a compromising health cycle, as there is a tendency for self-esteem to be further undermined, personal relationships (marriage, dating, friendship and family) are also impaired and mental health is worsened.
It is necessary to reinforce that it is necessary and healthy for the woman to maintain a sexual routine similar to the one before the perimenopause and that, when changes occur, the psychological and medication treatment can help to keep the routines balanced.
Some tips to better deal with the menopause period and changes in sexual routine are:
Respect your body
Menopause is a period of change and, just like any new phase, there needs to be an adaptation and acceptance of the changes that can occur. As it is not possible to avoid or revert, it is necessary to look for the best way to deal with the phase.
Understanding the limitations of the body and mind – whether by age or menopause itself – is essential. Therefore, it is often necessary to face changes as belonging to life.
If there is persistent or prolonged disinterest in activities that used to be pleasurable – whether walking, working or having sex – professional help is needed.
Do not hesitate to seek help
Any discomfort or doubt regarding the health and well-being involved in menopause should be discussed with a professional, as there are a number of alternatives to help women maintain a healthy sexual routine.
Often, women see the reduction of libido as inevitable or irremediable, accepting to live with a problem that, many times, is simple to be solved.
It is worth remembering that not every treatment works the same way in all organisms. So it is important that the monitoring is done looking for the best methods for the well-being of each woman.
If you are not satisfied with the sexual routine, feeling discomfort or disinterest, talk to your doctor. Together, you can start or change your medications, add secondary therapies, and probably find a solution.
It is important to remember that menopause, in general, should not negatively affect women’s life and health, and medicinal and therapeutic resources can be combined with routine to maintain quality of life.
In addition to hormonal or medication treatments, there are several lubricants that can help during sex to reduce the discomfort and pain caused by vaginal dryness. Talk to your doctor and visit stores specializing in intimate products.
It is worth remembering that the female body may take longer to become aroused if the emotional state is anxious or tense. Therefore, it is necessary to invest in the intimacy and relaxation of the moment, seeking activities, products or routines that stimulate both.
Seek support from people close to you
If the woman is in a marriage or stable relationship, it is important that there is an understanding of the partner about the changes that can occur in this period of perimenopause.
It is important to remember that often, disinterest in sex begins with conflicts or problems in the relationship. The erectile dysfunction and problems affecting erection quality may be triggering factors.
Feeling welcomed is essential even for the health of the relationship.
In addition, it is important that the symptoms and desires are respected. For example, if a woman experiences pain during sex or disinterest, it is critical that the other person is aware and respectful.
It is also essential that relationships that escape the sexual sphere participate in this phase of menopause. Family and friends can compose networks of affection, welcoming and making symptoms easier to deal with.
Take care of health in general
It is not possible to attribute only a lack of sexual interest to menopause, since the whole organism must be working properly.
With age, in general, a decrease in libido is expected in most people – including men. But in addition to the passing of the years, some pathologies can be the cause of the lack of libido.
For example, a patient with uncontrolled diabetes may experience problems with circulation or anemia and the lack of physical activities can cause extreme tiredness , making it difficult for women to stimulate themselves and to excite themselves.
So it’s important to keep your health up to date and take care of your body.
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