The cap of life, menopause is far from sounding the death knell for sexuality. On the other hand, it is necessary to consider certain diseases that can sometimes disturb libido.
In XVIIIand century, nearly one-third of women have reached menopausal age. Today, with an average woman’s life expectancy of 85 years, 90% of them have gone through this transition… Most of them have a peace of mind. “Menopause does not mean the end of sexuality, but the end of childbirth, determines Dr. André Corman, physician sexologist and director of sexology teaching at the Toulouse faculty.
But the path is not always easy, as it can be accompanied by a decrease in automatic sexual appetite. During ovulation, a hormonal peak gives a woman more intense sexual desire, which disappears at the end of the cycles. Nearly 40% of women complain during this time of sexual problems, according to the National College of French Gynecologists and Obstetricians (CNGOF).
So menopause sometimes rhymes with slow libido. The explanation is physiological, as explained by Drs. Corman: “Lack of local hormonal impregnation in tissues often causes vaginal dryness with dryness and reduced lubrication.” While a 20-year-old girl has full lubrication in less than thirty seconds, it takes more than two minutes to achieve this after menopause. But these diseases can be treated and resolved through hormone replacement therapy, as well as the prescription of lubricants.
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Orgasms are irrelevant
Intrinsic aging associated with menopause is often associated with sensory decline with less intense sexual arousal. Feelings of touch can be slower and harder to get. But this time of slow intercourse is also an opportunity for more complicity and tenderness. Unlike men, who are threatened with erectile dysfunction over time, sexual aging does not affect the quality of female orgasms.
Many psychological factors play a role, as Drs. Catherine Solano, a sexologist and andrologist. “Studies have shown that a woman who changes partners after menopause has as much desire as a woman before menopause.” In fact, menopause is a revelation. It is common to see sexual difficulties worsen when the situation is already tense, and sex is less frequent. Associated with “empty nest syndrome”, a feeling of abandonment that often affects women when children leave the family home, or with a midlife crisis, this hormonal transition can lead to separation, then favor a new romantic encounter.
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In contrast, menopause sometimes causes a second honeymoon within the couple, Catherine Solano determines. “The couple, who moved in with the kids, found themselves together, starting to be attentive again and to make love if they wanted to. Not to mention that the best contraceptive is still menopause, a relief for many women.
To improve your sexuality, it is important to “restore your body image, advises Dr. Corman. A woman can never forget her femininity and be proud of it. Desire is associated with this state and the desire for happiness ”. Another recipe for a long life of pleasure and desire: physical activity. “Training for thirty minutes a day can limit hot flashes, have better morale and increase libido,” suggests Drs. Solano.