As women progress through midlife, the essential hormone production of estrogen and progestin is reduced due to the onset of menopause. The physical and psychological changes of menopause and perimenopause can also put stress on sexual health, reducing libido, and causing physical and emotional changes.
Common Menopausal Symptoms
- Hot flashes – an abrupt feeling of body heat, usually accompanied by profuse sweating
- Sleep disturbances – autonomic nervous system activity during menopause may cause women to wake often during the night, making it difficult to get adequate rest
- Vaginal dryness – as estrogen levels decrease, the natural lubrication and thinner walls of the vagina can cause dryness and discomfort
- Mood swings – hormonal changes and physical symptoms can lead to low mood, irritability, and depression
- Low libido – the decrease of estrogen levels not only affects vaginal health and lubrication but also reduces sex drive
Tips to Manage Sexual Health During Menopause
Fortunately, there are ways to help ease the transition and support sexual health during menopause.
- Talk to your doctor. Your doctor can provide medical advice on how to manage menopausal symptoms and treatments to improve sexual health.
- Exercise. Regular exercise can reduce the intensity and frequency of hot flashes and improve mood.
- Eat healthy. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains along with healthy fats can help reduce menopausal symptoms and support sexual health.
- Try a lubricant. Lubricants can help reduce the discomfort associated with vaginal dryness and improve sexual pleasure.
- Prioritize intimacy. Make time to spend with your partner or practice self-pleasure. Focusing on your pleasure can help to reduce stress and lift your spirits.
- Stay informed. Knowing what to expect during menopause and perimenopause can help you better manage the transition.
Menopause can be a challenging time for women, but there are a number of steps that can be taken to manage menopausal symptoms and sexual health. By talking to your doctor, exercising regularly, eating healthy, trying a lubricant, prioritizing intimacy, and staying informed, you can help make this transition a little easier.
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