Changing levels of hormones are part of menopause, and they can causes changes in your level of libido. However, it is normal for a woman's libido to fluctuate throughout her life, and decreased libido is only a problem if it is bothering you. Decreased libido can have a range of causes outside of libido, which can include: underlying medical conditions, stress, anxiety, relationship problems, or certain prescription drugs.
How Can I Boost My Libido?
Having a healthy and satisfying sex life is essential for a woman's overall health and well-being. Ways to boost libido include:
If vaginal dryness is causing your libido loss it is important to treat this. Lubricants can help lessen friction during sex, moisturizers can be used regularly to add moisture, and estrogen therapy can be applied to the vagina to treat the hormone imbalance that causes vaginal dryness.
Healthy diet and exercise
Making lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on the amount of energy that you. Eating healthy and finding a way to work out that makes you happy can boost your overall mood and give you more confidence, which can help boost sex drive.
Drugs and alcohol in moderation
It's not necessary to completely cut these substances out of your life but if they are becoming a problem or addiction, they can negatively impact your sex life.
Foreplay is an important part of sex. Arousal causes blood to flow to the genitals, which can improve vaginal health. It is also important to try things outside of penis sex, such as stimulation through oral sex or touching, which can also boost arousal.
Factors that Decrease Libido
Some women feel sexually empowered and enjoy sex more after menopause, so a poorer sex life does not have to be a part of menopause. However, many factors can lower libido, such as:
Stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety can consume you, impact your hormones, and make you feel uninterested in sex.
Vaginal dryness. Vaginal dryness commonly plagues menopausal women and can make sex painful and uncomfortable, leading to decreased libido.
Prescription drugs. Prescription drugs such as hormonal birth control, antidepressants and medication to lower blood pressure, prevent seizures, and treat psychosis, can decrease sex drive.
Underlying health conditions. Heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other chronic diseases can negatively impact sex drive.
Aging. A person's sex drive tends to change and decrease as they age. Older people are also more likely to experience other factors that can decrease sex drive.
Relationship problems are the most common cause of loss of libido. If you are not happy in your relationship or do not find your partner sexually attractive, your libido can decline.
It's your life and you should be spending your time doing what you want. Sexual health is an important part of overall health and well-being. If you are experiencing chronic loss of libido, talk to your doctor about what treatments are available to help you. Follow this link to read more about handling loss of libido during menopause.
- National Health Service. (2015). Loss of Libido. Retrieved September 23, 2015, from http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/loss-of-libido/Pages/Introduction.aspx.
- Mayo Clinic Staff. (Date of publication). Low sex drive in women. Retrieved September 23, 2015, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/low-sex-drive-in-women/basics/causes/con-20033229.