Menopause is a normal part of the aging process, and it occurs about 12 months after a woman has her last period. At this time, the ovaries stop releasing eggs and no longer produce as much of the hormones estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone.
Many women experience menopausal symptoms, many of which are related to sexual intercourse. By learning more about sex after menopause, you can continue to have a fulfilling intimate life in your later years.
Sexual Changes After Menopause
Since estrogen levels are depleted before and during menopause, libido generally plummets as well. Many women experience significantly lower sexual drive after menopause, and it’s often more difficult to get aroused. With less sensitivity to touching and reduced blood flow to the vagina, it can take more direct physical contact for a longer time for women to get aroused.
No Risk of Pregnancy
While hormonal changes in menopause can reduce sex drive in many women, others experience greater libido because they don’t have the fear of getting pregnant. Without the risk of unwanted pregnancy, sex can be less anxiety-inducing for many women after menopause.
The natural drop in estrogen levels with menopause can lead to vaginal dryness. The vaginal tissues can become thinner and more prone to irritation. This, along with reduced production of the vagina’s natural lubricant, can make sex painful for some women after menopause. While lubricants and vaginal moisturizers can help with vaginal dryness, many women choose to undergo hormone therapy instead.
Hormone Therapy For Better Sex After Menopause
Hormone therapy, such as BioTE® pellet therapy, can improve vaginal dryness and other symptoms of menopause by optimizing estrogen and testosterone levels in the body. By bringing the hormones back into balance using all-natural estrogen and testosterone, BioTE® enables women to maintain a satisfying intimate life after menopause.
Dr. Hayes at the Visionary Centre for Women provides BioTE® hormone pellet therapy to help women overcome symptoms of menopause. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.