During menopause, many factors can decrease sex drive. Whether it's depression from mood swings, vaginal dryness, or lack of intimacy with your partner, it can be troubling. Understanding the underlying reasons for loss of libido can help you fix it.
Possibly the largest cause for loss of libido during menopause can be poor communication between partners. This can lead to feelings of isolation, and even anger at lack of understanding. Vocalizing how you feel sexually and talking to each other about how you're feeling can help you regain balance in your relationship.
If your mind is in a million other places, it's likely to put a strain on your sex life. During menopause, as certain hormones levels are being depleted, your brain functioning can become abnormal. In addition, an increase in stress hormones such as cortisol can bring on anxiety. This imbalance will have you focusing on anything but intercourse.
Unhealthy Eating Habits
Getting well-balanced meals full of complex carbohydrates, vitamin-dense vegetables, and phytoestrogen-rich herbs is a positive way to increase your energy levels and make you feel revitalized. Loss of libido can be in part caused by unhealthy food choices like excessive intake of sugar, caffeine, and fatty foods. Poor nutritional choices can do more harm than you realize.
If you sit around all day and never see the light of day, then it's no wonder your body isn't operating at full capacity. Taking brisk walks beneath the sun and deep breathing yoga sessions get your blood flowing. These activities can stimulate the release of serotonin and dopamine, which are associated with feelings of happiness. Instead of sitting down and watching TV, it might be a better idea to go to the park.
Among other sexual dysfunctions, vaginal dryness is a common symptom of menopause and can contribute to loss of libido. When there is less blood flow to the vagina caused by irregular hormone levels, fluid production is disrupted. This can result in painful penetration that may make you avoid having sex.
Because night sweats are such a problem for women going through menopause, many women feel tired. The countless nights of disrupted sleep due to excessive heat and sweating can mean you don't have enough energy to make love. When all you can think about is a good night's sleep, the last thing you want to do is raise your body temperature through intercourse.
Sometimes, mood swings can be so drastic that they lead to depression. This can result in feelings of hopelessness that last for several weeks. Depression is often associated with and made worse by poor eating habits and a lack of physical activity, because there is less motivation to do anything.
Menopause is a difficult transition, made worse by symptoms like loss of libido. However, loss of libido is not permanent. There are many positive life choices that can reactivate your sexual side.
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