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As you go through perimenopause or menopause, you may notice your libido or sex drive changing as levels of hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone begin to fluctuate.
Research suggests that a good portion of women (up to 50%) feel less sexual desire and lose the desire to be intimate with their partner. For others (around 20 to 30%) the opposite happens, and they find that at this stage their sexual drive increases, sometimes excessively. The truth is that there is a lack of control that is sometimes difficult to understand and manage.
Yes, it is true that low hormone levels can cause physical symptoms such as vaginal dryness, loss of vaginal lubrication and elasticity, and pain during intercourse... but did you know that the causes of these sexual imbalances are not only physical? There are other psychological and emotional factors that can play an equal or even more relevant role than hormone levels.
Mood swings, depression, anxiety, weight gain and dissatisfaction with body changes, fear of urinary incontinence, insecurity due to middle age, are all psychological and emotional factors that can affect a woman's perception of herself and contribute to the loss of sexual desire.
In any case, there is no need to give up regarding this issue because there are many things you can do to regain control and have a full and satisfying sex life.
Talk to your partner: Communication is key when it comes to sexual health. If you’re confused and overwhelmed, imagine how your partner feels if he doesn't know or understand what you're going through. Let him know about any concerns or discomfort you may be experiencing, and work together to find ways to improve your sexual relationship. Also, you can seek the help of a couples’ therapist or a sex therapist.
Experiment with different positions and toys: If you have discomfort or pain during intercourse, try different positions and techniques that may be more comfortable for you. Also, you can use vaginal lubricants to reduce dryness during intercourse. Another thing you can try is sexuality-enhancing toys like intimate massagers. On a physical level, these devices increase circulation to the vaginal tissues and on an emotional level, they add some mischief and variety to your life as a couple. Don't be shy, say what you like and what you don't like.
Consult your doctor: If you feel that you are losing the sexual drive, it is important that you speak with your doctor. He or she can help identify any underlying health conditions that may be contributing to your symptoms and recommend treatments or therapies to help manage them.
Stay active: Regular exercise has been shown to improve mood, reduce stress, and increase libido, in part by increasing testosterone, the sex drive hormone. Exercise also helps maintain muscle mass, which is important for sexual health. Try to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, such as walking, jogging, or yoga.
Consider some treatments: Before beginning any treatment, it is important to discuss its risks and benefits with your doctor. There is hormone replacement therapy, although its use is becoming more controversial. There are also innovative techniques such as the application of lasers and hyaluronic acid in the intimate area. These techniques allow you to recover the elasticity, hydration and appearance of the vaginal area. Remember to go to prestigious and accredited centers for this type of treatment. Within my line of natural supplements there are two products that were created specifically to increase sexual desire during perimenopause and menopause. There's Fuego, a natural female sexuality enhancer formulated with 15 ingredients scientifically backed for their aphrodisiac properties. And Love Potion, a progesterone that is applied topically to relieve vaginal dryness and hot flashes, increase libido, fight fatigue, improve mood, sleep, and more.
In conclusion, sexual imbalances are a common symptom of perimenopause and menopause that can affect many women. But if you practice the five tips mentioned above, it is very possible that you can rekindle the flame in your life as a couple. With the right support and resources, women can maintain healthy and fulfilling sex lives during and after menopause.