Loss of libido, vaginal dryness, and uncomfortable sex are some of the most common menopause symptoms that affect sexual function. These symptoms can be caused by the hormone changes that occur during menopause and the stress that comes with it. Fortunately, there are ways to alleviate these symptoms so you can experience enjoyable sex after menopause.

Will I lose my sex drive?

Every woman has her own unique experience with menopause, and not all women have the same degree of severity of menopause symptoms. While menopause may cause a decrease in sex drive in some women, others may find that their sex life is more enjoyable without the worry of an unplanned pregnancy.

Throughout your menopause journey, you may experience physical changes as a result of declining estrogen levels. Body changes that can affect sexual function include:

  • Vaginal discomfort — Vaginal walls become thinner, dryer, and less lubricated, making sex uncomfortable.
  • Slowed sexual response — A woman may experience a loss of sensitivity to touch, making it more challenging to get aroused and reach orgasm, and she may find her orgasms have become less intense.
  • Discomfort from physical symptoms — Bothersome symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia can make a woman feel emotionally and physically exhausted, resulting in a reduced interest in sex.
  • Weight gain — Your metabolism may slow down, resulting in extra weight that can have a negative impact on a woman’s self-image, making her feel less sexually attractive.

What about emotional changes?

Enjoyable sex requires a mind-body connection, which is why paying attention to your mental health throughout menopause is crucial. Emotional and psychological changes that can negatively impact sexual interest and function include:

  • Mood swings
  • Stress
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lowered self-image and feeling of being undesirable

Making healthy lifestyle changes can help boost your libido and overall sense of happiness. Some examples include finding ways to relax through meditation and exercise, fueling your body with healthy foods, eliminating sugar and alcohol, and talking to a therapist.

There’s no right or wrong number of times you should be having sex during or after menopause. Although, if your lower sex drive is causing you or your partner distress, it may be beneficial to explore ways that can help boost sexual desire with or without a partner. If you are in a relationship, it’s essential to be open to your partner about how you’re feeling. Talking to a couples counselor can help you and your partner work through any intimacy worries and help ease the pressure and anxiety you may be experiencing from loss of libido.

How do I get my sex drive back?

It is possible to live a healthier life and naturally increase your desire for sex after menopause with these helpful tips:

  • Eat a balanced and healthy diet
  • Get regular exercise
  • Find ways to strengthen your mental health and self-confidence
  • Manage stress through talk therapy, meditation, or yoga
  • Explore bioidentical hormone replacement therapy

Loss of libido, vaginal dryness, and uncomfortable sex is not simply a part of aging. It’s possible to continue having a healthy and fulfilling sex life during and after menopause. Always consult with your physician to find out the best support for you.

How To Get Help

ReVital offers free consultations where you can speak to one of our clinicians about ReVital’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. At ReVital, we can conduct simple blood tests to evaluate the levels of these hormones in your system and prescribe supplements or therapies to treat and control the majority of hormonal imbalances. We also encourage that you connect with your regular doctor about any changes in your health and moods. Talking to your doctor and discussing the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy can help you understand your options and what’s best for you and your health.