Menopause Potential Effects on Sexual Intimacy

Menopause: Sex After Menopause

Menopause is seen as a huge villain by most people who believe that sex will no longer remain an important part of their life after they, or their partner, have gone through menopause. Both men and women believe that sex after menopause normally involves a reduction of sexual desire, and that can make sex much more difficult, if not impossible.


However, the fact is that sex after menopause is not only possible, it can be as enjoyable as, or more enjoyable than, before menopause. There is much less mental tension involved, since the threat of pregnancy is absent, and grown up children leave more time for you and your partner to finally get some quality time, alone.


The only major difference would be that since you are both older now, feeling sexually aroused may take a little longer, and you might experience a decrease in sexual desire, or some vaginal dryness, that is often associated with sex after menopause are all symptoms of menopause. However, always remember that being older, or post menopausal, does not mean the end of a healthy sex life.


What can cause similar symptoms of menopause?

Apart from menopause, there might be other contributing factors to a loss of desire, which you might want to take into account. For example medication for hypertension, tranquilizers and antidepressants, and many other prescription meds can affect your libido. In addition, heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis, combined with the stress of your daily life can also take a toll. Seek alternatives for these, or examine underlying causes, to rejuvenate your sex life.


Vaginal Dryness: A common symptom of menopause

Vaginal dryness is one of the most common symptoms of menopause, and can lead to difficulties for a health sexual lifestyle. It is common in a cross section of women in the perimenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal stages, affecting as many as 50 to 80% menopausal women. Vaginal dryness can take a serious toll on your sexual relationships and can lead to feelings of inadequacy. There is no cause to despair however, since it is easily helped.


Vaginal dryness in menopausal women is caused by the reduction in estrogen levels in the body. Normally, the vagina is lubricated by the mucus membranes at the mouth of the uterus, with estrogen playing a major role in aiding these membranes. The lubrication that is produced is of a slight acidic PH, protecting against bacterial infection. As the estrogen levels fall during the menopause process, these membranes begin to produce less and less lubrication, causing the vagina to become dry and thin. The vaginal walls also become progressively weaker and take on an increased sensitivity. As the acidity level falls, yeast and urinary tract infections become more of a danger.


This whole process, leads to itching, and the dryness makes sexual intercourse painful. Spotting or bleeding may be seen after sex because the vagina is too dry to handle the penetration. The itching caused by the dryness can add a painful and stressful factor. However, the good news is that vaginal dryness can be easily relieved with an increasing variety of treatments now available. Increased sexual activity is often recommended, to stimulate the mucus glands with the use of additional lubricants. Many over the counter lubricants can help to relieve vaginal dryness and make sexual intercourse less painful and a lot more enjoyable. Oil or water based lubricants, the former if latex condoms are to be used, are often best. Some of these lubricants can be quite effective when applied as long as a couple of hours before intercourse. A number of the thicker moisturizers can also give relief.   »


Fun Facts

34% of Americans use vibrators and more than half (54%) use lubricants as part of their sex lives

Did you know?

Women (16%)are more likely to associate lubricants with the menopause than men (9%)