Many women who have reached the age of menopause, believe that it is time to say goodbye to sex, that sexual relations are only for young people. But sex during menopause can be much better than in fertile years, because a woman is experienced, she feels and understands her partner perfectly. During menopause, sex maintains a normal emotional state, inhibits the aging of the body. Therefore, it is not necessary to give up sex during menopause, and if the libido has decreased, then you should consult a medical specialist.
Compatibility of menopause and sex
Climax - a period of changes in the hormonal and reproductive system, sooner or later coming in the life of every woman. This life phase is characterized by the appearance of specific symptoms, emotional instability, depressive mood, sleep disorders, exacerbation of chronic pathologies. Menstruation is completed, signs of aging appear in the exterior, which is why emotional and mental problems are aggravated. But in old age, the desire for love and male attention does not disappear.
Most often, the low quality of sexual life is observed in women of post-Soviet countries. European and American women are more advanced in the issue of sex during menopause. And the problem of our women lies in the upbringing: mothers and grandmothers considered intimate relationships in old age as shameful, instilled this opinion in their daughters and granddaughters.
The opinion that menopause and sex are incompatible phenomena has long been recognized as outdated and incorrect. During all climacteric periods, having sex is not just permissible, but important for maintaining the woman's health and well-being.
Another reason for the decrease in sexual activity during menopause is the deterioration of the physical condition of the body. In older years, when a body is worn out, it is problematic to have sex passionately and actively.
Sexual relations with menopause
Modern women who have reached menopause, for the most part, continue to have the same intense sex life as in fertile years. There are no obstacles to regular sexual relations: children have grown and become independent, life is stable and measured, there is a lot of sexual experience, after the completion of menstruation there is no possibility of getting pregnant, so you can refuse to use contraceptives.
Some women believe that sex after menopause is completely unnecessary. In fact, intimate relationships in old age with a regular and beloved partner bring great benefits to the female body:
- toning the muscles of the pelvic area, which is important for preventing the vagina and bladder from dropping,
- stimulate blood circulation in the genitals
- contribute to maintaining a warm and happy relationship with your loved one,
- weaken the tides during menopause, normalize sleep,
- improve mental and emotional state, eliminate depression.
Sex with menopause is important for women from both the physical and mental side. The degree of sexual desire in a woman is determined by the emotional state, the attitude to a man and sexual acts with him, an adequate perception of himself and his body.
Features of sex in the menopausal period
- The opinion that with the advent of menopause, libido is weakened, the need for sex disappears, wrong. The libido of women with menopause remains the same as during fertile years, and the rejection of sexual relations is a matter of a purely psychological nature. The main cause of the problem is a complex about a fading and losing body attractiveness. A woman needs to understand that in the eyes of a loving person she is always beautiful and desirable.
- Due to hormonal imbalance, dystrophic changes in the vaginal walls are noted. Dried mucous membranes of the vagina are irritated and itchy, a woman feels discomfort during intercourse. You can get rid of the problem, either by prolonging the prelude to sex, so that the vagina can be moistened, or by using lubricants - lubricants.
- With the advent of menopause in women, the environment in the genital tract becomes alkaline, which increases the likelihood of infection. The problem is eliminated through hormone therapy or the use of condoms for intimate acts. If you do not fight the infection, pathogenic microorganisms can enter the uterus, symptoms of inflammation of the endometrium appear, and the treatment of endometritis in menopause is not easy.
Changes occurring in the female body during menopause are normal and unavoidable, with proper organization of sex life do not interfere with enjoying sex. There is no reason to interrupt or end an intimate relationship. Moreover, a pause in sex for more than two months can cause dryness of the vaginal mucosa. The tone of the vaginal covers remains normal only in women who regularly have sex.
Sexual desire during menopause
The hormones estrogen are responsible for the degree of sexual attraction. With a decrease in estrogen synthesis, due to the oppression of the functioning of the ovaries, the degree of sexual desire decreases, during intercourse, it is difficult for a woman to achieve arousal. The sensitivity of the erogenous zones is weakened. Reaching orgasm during sex is problematic, perhaps only with certain poses. In this situation, the classic “missionary” position is considered optimal.
The end of intercourse is delayed, it is difficult for a man to arouse his partner and bring her to the peak of pleasure. Many men in general doubt whether a woman experiences orgasm after menopause. The weakening of a woman’s ability to achieve orgasm is largely due to psychological problems. During premenopause, a woman is worried that she may become pregnant due to instability of the menstrual cycle and the inability to calculate the days of ovulation, health problems occur during postmenopause, because of which sexual desire disappears, after menopause, depression and emotional disorders affect libido.
How to return sexual desire?
Do not think that climax and orgasm are incompatible phenomena. With a decrease in sexual desire you need to go to the doctor. The medical specialist, based on the results of the tests, will prescribe the best drugs that enhance libido. Usually, estrogen-based medications are prescribed, but not only them. In postmenopausal hormone treatment is useless, doctors recommend homeopathic remedies and herbal remedies to patients.
Effective are folk remedies. Women restore sexual desire through a red brush, red clover, boron uterus and other plants containing hormone-like compounds.
To relieve pain and discomfort during intimate contact, lubricants that effectively moisturize the vaginal walls are used. It is useful to take vitamin complexes designed for older women. They not only increase libido, but also return the normal state of the vaginal walls, tone up the body, eliminate emotional problems.
If pregnancy with menopause is undesirable, then in premenopause, when the period is not over, but unstable, it is necessary to use contraception.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
Hormonal drugs can affect the mental, vasomotor, urological and sexual manifestations of menopause, and the weakening of menopausal syndrome has a positive effect on sex. In women who take hormones, the likelihood of atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, hypertension, metabolic disorders decreases, orgasm is easier to achieve after menopause.
Women need medical support at the age of 60 years (for menopause up to 10 years). Hormones are taken for 2–3 years to relieve vegetovascular, mental and vasomotor disorders, for 5–7 years to prevent the complications of menopause.
Prescribe estrogen replacement drugs. The dosage is selected taking into account the effectiveness of the tool and the minimum effect on the body, gradually decreases from premenopause to postmenopause. In the period of receiving hormone replacement women should undergo a cytological and breast screening periodically.
Treatment of menopause with synthetic hormones is contraindicated in:
- * intolerance to hormonal drugs,
- * hormone-dependent malignant tumors of the uterus and mammary glands,
- * endometrial hyperplasia,
- * uterine bleeding,
- * severe liver pathologies,
- * severe arterial hypertension,
- * propensity for thrombosis and thromboembolism,
- * ischemia, heart attack, stroke,
- * porphyrin disease.
In premenopause, they take biphasic hormonal drugs (based on estrogens and progestins): Divina, Femoston, Klimene.
Women who have undergone removal of the uterus, prescribed drugs containing only estrogen. Such medicines are available in different dosage forms:
- tablets - Estrofem, Estrimax,
- gels - Divigel, Estrozhel,
- plasters - Dermestril, Klimara.
Monophasic drugs are used in postmenopausal women. Also during this period, medications with a weak androgenic effect will not interfere: Tibolon, Livial. They support libido.
Replacement hormonal drugs with timely treatment not only weaken menopausal syndrome, but also have a positive effect on the skin condition, inhibit skin aging, prevent the occurrence of age-related pathologies, which are a remote result of hormonal failure.
In addition to hormone replacement, topical medications are used to get rid of disorders of the genitourinary system. These drugs include:
- Creams based on estrogen: Ovipol, Ovestin. Rubbed into the integument of the genital area and vaginal walls once a day. The therapeutic course lasts 3 weeks, after which the drug is used 2 to 3 times a week to save the obtained positive result. Hormonal creams effectively moisturize the vaginal walls, so they can be used as intimate lubricants.
- Triozhinal capsules for insertion into the vagina. Based on estrogen, progestin and non-pathogenic microorganisms - eubiotics. The drug prevents atrophy of the vaginal walls, maintains moisture of the genital tract, creates a healthy microflora in the vagina.
Hormonal treatment is not shown for every woman. If hormonal therapy is contraindicated, then phytohormones can be used - herbal preparations based on hormone-like compounds harvested from certain plants. These compounds are rich in red clover, soybeans, red brush, tsimitsifuga, alfalfa. On the basis of these plants, drugs (Klimadinon, Chi-Klim) are created that can alleviate menopausal symptoms and normalize the emotional state. Phytohormones almost no side effects, do not affect the endometrium and mammary glands.
If the vaginal walls do not dry out much, then you can use not hormonal, but water lubricants. The choice of pharmaceutical lubricants is huge, they are applied just before sexual intercourse. Lubricants from some manufacturers contain stimulants that accelerate blood circulation in the genital area. But keep in mind that water lubricants - not drugs, but only moisturizers. With their help, it is impossible to prevent atrophic changes of the vagina.
Kegel Intimate Gymnastics is used to tone the muscles of the pelvic area. With the help of exercise, the muscular tissues of the genital organs are strengthened, the genital area becomes more sensitive, the woman easily experiences an orgasm during menopause.
The results of kegel exercises are:
- control of pelvic muscle contractions during an intimate act,
- increasing pleasure during sex, orgasm after menopause becomes more intense,
- new and more pronounced sensations in women that have sex after menopause,
- urinary incontinence,
- reducing the likelihood of omission of the vagina.
The method of gymnastics is based on attempts to retain an imaginary stream of urine. A woman squeezes the genital muscles as if she wanted to stop urination. At the first stage of training, the muscles are compressed 5 times for 2 to 3 seconds. At the next stage, the time increases to 5 seconds, then to 10, and the number of muscle contractions increases to 10. You can do the exercise as many times as you like every day.
There is no doubt that the intimate life is important for an elderly woman. Definitely important, especially in emotional terms. Libido can disappear because of strained relationships with a man, quarrels and offenses. In this situation, the couple should visit a psychotherapist. The specialist will find out which factor has caused the weakening of the desire, will advise ways to eliminate the problem.
Without a warm and trusting relationship with a spouse, a woman in the menopausal period is hard to maintain an interest in sex life. Experts recommend partners to travel together, to spend their leisure time, to find a joint hobby, to spare no time for each other. In old age there is enough time that can be spent on communication with your loved one.
Lifestyle with menopause
A modern woman in her old years is full of energy and attractive, so she shouldn’t even think about whether you can have sex during menopause. But in order to have an active sex life, you need to pay a lot of attention to health: to play sports, to eat right. Feasible physical training helps to maintain an attractive figure, improves mood.
From the diet should be excluded fatty and seasoned food. The consumption of red meat is limited. In the diet in sufficient quantities should include vegetable dishes, legumes, dairy products, greens, fruits.
How does a woman feel during menopause: myths and reality
The word "menopause" comes from the Greek klimax - "ladder", expressing symbolic steps leading from the flourishing of specific female functions to their gradual extinction. There are a lot of rumors around this period of life.
There is an opinion that during premenopausal women become angry, irritable, she develops severe sweating (hot flashes), appearance deteriorates, wrinkles form very quickly, obesity begins and the figure is deformed. Of course, these rumors are exaggerated in many ways, but there is some truth in them.
Here are the real medical facts about changes in a woman’s life after menopause:
- uterus size decreases,
- breast size decreases,
- changes in the hormonal system can actually affect the emotional background,
- hormonal imbalance can lead to hair loss, dry skin (and as a result, the formation of wrinkles in places where they did not exist before),
- hot flashes can trigger hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating),
- menopause and sex, sex life and orgasm are not mutually exclusive concepts, and they are possible after menopause,
- some endocrine disorders
- problems with the functioning of the cardiovascular system.
Due to endocrine disorders and an imbalance of sex hormones, fat can begin to be deposited where it was not before. For example, abdominal obesity most often begins in women over the age of forty years. To combat this problem, it is necessary to examine and engage in the treatment of endocrine disorders.
Periods and stages of menopause
There are three stages of the process:
- Premenopause is the period from the appearance of the first symptoms of menopause to the complete cessation of menstruation. Depending on the individual characteristics of the organism and the state of health, the duration of premenopause can be from one to ten years. During this period, the symptoms of menopause subside, then begin with a new force. Most often, the process takes about three to four years.
- Menopause is the absence of menstruation for a certain amount of time. True menopause is considered if after the last menstruation during the year there are no more. Some experts consider it more correct to calculate menopause after two years.
- Postmenopause takes from two to four years. At this stage, the ovaries completely stop the production of sex hormones. This fact is reflected in the size of the genital organs (the uterus, vagina, breast, labia are reduced by one and a half to two times) and the sexual life of a woman with menopause. It is during the postmenopausal period that complete indifference to sex most often appears.
Causes of menopause
Is it possible to delay menopause and for what reasons does it develop? For most women, the age of about forty-five years is taken as the starting point of the climacteric period. Most often it coincides with the appearance of the first clinical manifestations of menopause.
Как правило, к достижению женщиной пятидесятилетнего возраста менструальная функция окончательно завершается, а клиника климакса становится более яркой.
Медицине известны случаи развития раннего климакса. Such is the cessation of menstruation to forty years.
The reasons for this phenomenon include:
- Shereshevsky-Turner syndrome,
- strong nervous shock
- hereditary factor
- some endocrine diseases
- gynecological diseases of infectious nature,
- disruption of the ovaries under the influence of the X chromosome.
The same reasons often become decisive for the onset of menopause at the age of forty-five to fifty years. Many women want to postpone the onset of menopause and for this purpose they start taking hormone replacement therapy. In some cases, it helps delay the onset of menopause for about ten to fifteen years and allows you to continue enjoying the joys of sex life.
Do women want sex after menopause?
Studies have shown that changes in estrogen levels often have a detrimental effect on libido. In the premenopausal period, desire still persists. Menopause presents women with new health problems and, as a result, even if the libido is there, then there is no way to satisfy it.
In the postmenopausal period, estrogens reach the lower threshold of reference values and the libido disappears almost completely. The exception is the admission of a woman hormone replacement therapy.
Features of sex life during menopause
During menopause, the vaginal lubricant almost completely dries out, stops to stand out. This becomes the main difficulty for full sexual intercourse.
Pharmaceutical lubricants can be used, more attention can be paid to partner's preliminary caresses for a more abundant release of lubricant. But in any case it will be small, so you have to stock up on auxiliary creams, gels and lubricants.
Sex life with menopause can be as bright as before. For this, the emotional component is very important. It’s a mistake to think that men do not expect so serious hormonal changes with age. The crisis of middle age in the representatives of the stronger sex often leads to even greater consequences for the libido and psyche than menopause in women. Sex life with menopause can be of high quality and bright. It depends on the sensitivity and involvement in the process of the partner, his desire and ability to make his woman happy.
Means of protection during sexual intercourse after menopause
Sex life during menopause does not provide any means of protection if the question is about unwanted pregnancy. Low levels of progesterone and estrogen, as well as decreased organs of the reproductive system simply will not allow pregnancy to develop.
Protection is necessary if there is sexual intercourse with an unfamiliar partner. A condom should be used to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted infections.
Can a woman experience orgasm after menopause?
The onset of menopause does not alter the sensitivity of the nerve endings of the clitoris. The sexual life of a woman after menopause can be intense and bright, she can get as many orgasms as she sees fit.
In some cases, a decrease in the level of oxytocin can lead to less pronounced sensations during the peak of pleasure. However, menopause leads to a permanent decrease in progesterone and estrogen, and the level of oxytocin often returns to reference values (although it is possible that it will now be lower than before). After that, the intensity of the orgasm will be the same.
Sex life in the premenopausal period
This is the first stage of menopause. It is characterized by a moderate decrease in hormonal levels. If a woman takes HRT (hormone replacement drugs) at this stage, then you can delay the onset of true menopause for a decade.
Even without taking drugs, sex life with menopause during the premenopausal period is almost the same as usual. Vaginal lubrication is released as intensely as before, the uterus has not decreased in size, and in some cases it is possible to conceive.
Sexual life during and after menopause
With the onset of menopause itself, that is, menopause, problems are growing. Vaginal lubrication almost completely stops to stand out, it makes sexual intercourse painful for both partners and difficult. However, using gels and lubricants, this problem can be avoided.
How does menopause affect sexuality? Much depends on the partner: if he is not satisfied with the changes that have occurred to the body of the spouse, he has every right to leave the family or begin to satisfy his sexual needs with another partner. Often, such difficulties exacerbate the already precarious psychological state of the woman during menopause.
If the partner is sensitive and ready to put up with the changes that have occurred in the body of a woman, further sexual life is possible. Of course, she will undergo some changes.
The influence of menopause on the psychological state of women
There is an opinion that already at the premenopausal stage a woman gets annoyed over any trifle, her character becomes unbearable, it is simply impossible to communicate with her. This is an exaggeration. Here are the real facts about how strongly the imbalance of sex hormones can affect the psycho-emotional background:
- irritability (but when taking sedatives it can be avoided),
- chronic fatigue,
- constant desire to lie down to rest
- low vitality.
Thus, the sagging of estrogen and progesterone does not make a woman aggressive or vicious. Rather, it becomes weak, vulnerable and sensitive. This has an impact on sex life with menopause - in some cases, a woman simply does not have the strength to be active.
Sex after menopause: is it possible?
It so happened that the information about many changes in the body that women face with the onset of menopause, slightly embellished not for the better. It is not surprising that menopause seems to many to be a kind of border, after which life will never be as colorful as before.
In fact, many of the allegations regarding menopause that concern women are so common, are a common misconception. Without a clear answer is the question of whether you can have sex after menopause.
Having sex after menopause: is it possible?
Climax refers to a natural age-related processes, accompanied by certain changes in the body. As for the sexual area of life, many of the fears are greatly exaggerated. As medical statistics show, less want sex after menopause, only a small part of the female population, which is not more than 20%. But in some cases, there is an increase in sexual desire.
As a rule, the decrease in sexual desire and the deterioration of the quality of sexual life is associated with changes in hormonal levels. So, some women do notice that after menopause they have sex with less desire, the excitement is not so bright, and there is also a decrease in sensitivity to caressing.
Often, with a decrease in the level of estrogen in the body, there is a deterioration in the blood supply to the vagina, with the result that vaginal lubrication is not released in the required amounts. This is one of the most significant causes of discomfort during sexual intercourse and the rejection of it in the future.
The decrease in sexual desire and the deterioration of the sexual aspect of life may be associated not only with a sharp decline in the production of estrogens, but also with secondary factors represented by:
- depressive state
- stressful situations
- drug treatment,
- diseases of the cardiovascular system.
Ways to improve the quality of sex life
Leading experts insist that after menopause, you can have sex and even need it, because intimacy still has an important impact on the quality of life of a woman. And to eliminate unwanted changes of a sexual nature, you can use the following recommendations:
- Intimacy should not be taken as a commitment. Relationship with a loved one should not be reduced only to sex, because you can get pleasure from just being together. To establish a closer relationship is recommended to arrange romantic walks, trips, dinners. Under the conditions of such an approach, a correct attitude towards sexual relations is developed.
- It is necessary to devote more time to self-development, involving the study of anatomy, sexual functions, as well as the characteristics of sexual behavior that women experience after menopause. This will help to cope with overcoming anxiety.
- It is recommended to engage in artificial enhancement of arousal. Do not hesitate to use for this purpose erotic materials, presented videos and books for adults.
- Equally important is the practice of relationships, eliminating physical proximity. Such methods include carrying out erotic massage, which will contribute to creating a favorable environment and improving communication with a partner.
- It is also important to take care of the elimination of painful sensations resulting from the release of an insufficient amount of vaginal lubrication. Getting rid of these unpleasant attributes of intimacy will be helped by taking warm baths, as well as the use of vaginal lubricants.
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In the most desperate situations, women seek qualified help if they no longer care about sex. The woman after menopause is faced with a sharp decrease in sex hormones in the body, so one of the methods of treating insufficient sexual desire is estrogen therapy.
Often positive changes can be achieved by consulting with a psychologist, in which the second partner can participate. Sometimes only in such conditions it turns out to get rid of many women's fears and discuss the existing problems between a man and a woman.
In any case, a loving couple is always able to overcome such difficulties on their own. To do this, you do not need to avoid frank discussions of your own feelings with a partner, and it is also recommended to devote more time to each other, putting domestic issues in the background.
The answer to the exciting question of whether having sex after menopause is obvious. Everything is in the hands of the women themselves and their lovers.
Sex after menopause - features of sexual relations during menopause
For many women, the extinction of the reproductive system does not mean the cessation of intimate life. Doctors themselves speak about its positive effect on the general well-being of women during this age period. Consider in detail the situation, tell about sex after menopause, its features, rules, possible problems.
Is there sex after menopause?
It should be said that a decrease in the concentration of sex hormones in a woman’s blood leads to a decrease in sexual activity, which directly affects libido. In menopause and postmenopause, many women note that they are not so easily sexually aroused, they react differently to intimate affection. In view of these facts, they are repeatedly visited by the question of whether sex is necessary after menopause. Doctors do not give him a definite answer.
Modern gynecologists are of the opinion that sex after menopause has a positive effect on the general well-being of a woman. During intercourse, blood flow to the pelvic organs occurs, which has a positive effect on their functioning. This significantly reduces congestion, which often provoke the development of inflammatory and infectious processes in the reproductive system. In general, a woman who occasionally has sex after menopause faces a smaller number of problems from the psychological aspect, self-esteem.
Can I have sex after menopause?
Doctors give a positive answer to this question. It has been established that sex after menopause in women supports the vaginal muscles in the necessary tone. This fact has a positive effect on the state of the reproductive system. For example, such a violation as a prolapse of the uterus, in these women will be much less common. In addition, periodic intercourse contributes to the development of lubricant in a larger volume, which reduces pain during intercourse.
Does a woman want sex after menopause?
Some women have a craving for sex after menopause. Ovulatory processes, in which sexual desire increases, are not observed in menopause, but women periodically need intimate connections. Answering the question about whether you want sex after menopause, gynecologists note that this phenomenon may occur. At the same time, they indicate that each organism is individual; therefore, some women feel fine even in the absence of sexual contact. Others, on the contrary, activate sex life due to the disappearance of the fear of pregnancy.
Anal sex after menopause
This kind of sex is the choice of the married couple. Often there is also this sex during menopause. This is due to the woman's concern about the occurrence of pregnancy. During this period, single ovulations may occur. This type of sexual contact reduces the risk of its occurrence. Doctors recommend using anal sex as a way to protect against pregnancy, use contraceptives, as it is impossible to exclude the possibility of semen entering the vagina.
Climax - pain during intercourse
In women who have menopause, sexual intercourse has its own characteristics. Many ladies complain of pain during contact. This fact is connected with the dryness of the vagina. Due to the decrease in the concentration of estrogen in the bloodstream, the amount of lubricant released is reduced. It is produced by glands that are on the threshold of the vagina. In addition, pain may be associated with:
- reduced tissue elasticity,
- thinning of the vaginal walls.
It is not necessary to exclude the possibility of pain due to causes not related to age-related changes in the genitals. These include:
- Vaginitis Inflammatory processes are noted as a consequence of a decrease in local immunity, which is caused by changes in the functioning of the hormonal system. With such a violation are observed: burning, itching, swelling of the tissues of the vagina, pain during urination. Treatment is prescribed by a gynecologist on the basis of the obtained research results.
- Vaginismus A condition characterized by involuntary, short contractions of the muscles of the pelvic floor and vagina. As a result, during sexual intercourse, the partner has difficulty introducing the penis, which causes pain in the lady. To solve the problem you need to seek medical help.
How to protect yourself with menopause?
It is worth remembering that menopause may be accompanied by periodic ovulation. Given this fact, the doctors answer the question regarding whether you need to be protected during menopause, respond positively. At the same time, both the IUD and oral contraceptives are used. When choosing the latter, doctors give preference to progestin drugs. They eliminate the impact on the work of the liver, the blood coagulation system, do not disrupt the metabolic processes in the body. Many women prefer barrier means - spermicides, which do not require the selection, appointment of a doctor, are available.
How to protect against menopause, if not monthly?
The absence of menstruation is not a confirmation of the termination of ovulatory processes. Because of this, doctors strongly recommend the use of contraceptives during menopause. The decision on how to protect themselves during menopause, a woman takes on their own. More often, preference is given to barrier methods because of their availability, low cost, high reliability.
When can you not protect yourself with menopause?
Pregnancy in the period of extinction of reproductive function may occur. Большая вероятность гестации на протяжении 1-2 лет с момента последней менструации. Связан данный факт с постепенным, медленным угасанием функционирования яичников. Уже через 5 лет с момента вступления организма в менопаузу, беременность отмечаются в исключительных случаях.Because of these factors, contraception during menopause is imperative. Some women carry out sterilization, which completely eliminates the chance of conception and the need to use drugs, contraceptives, disappears.
Signs of menopause is easy to notice, if you know exactly what changes in the body need to pay attention. Read about the specific symptoms of menopause and the mechanisms of their occurrence. Remember effective ways to normalize well-being.
Early menopause becomes a frequent reason for women to go to a gynecologist. When this occurs, premature extinction of the reproductive system, accompanied by special symptoms. Familiarize yourself with the causes, manifestations, and ways to prevent this condition.
Using drugs for menopause, a woman can reduce the manifestations of this period. Hormonal drugs stabilize the work of the endocrine system, facilitating well-being. However, it should be borne in mind that the selection of drugs should be carried out by a gynecologist.
Sex with menopause: is it possible, features, problems
Sexual life and menopause are not incompatible concepts. It is important to understand that menopause is a natural, normal process, and its undesirable consequences can and should be fought. Changes in the intimate sphere occur as a result of the extinction of the functions of the sex glands, so many women think that having climax is something impossible. However, intimacy during this period is especially necessary.
Sexual activity during menopause
When menopause occurs, the woman's body goes through a chain of changes. First of all, the amount of estrogen falls. These are sex hormones. This imbalance leads to dryness in the vagina, so intimacy with a partner does not bring as much pleasure as before. According to statistics, women tend to blame themselves all over, and this leads to a depressed psychological state, can undermine self-confidence, and also cause depression. The latter requires psychotherapeutic intervention.
Fortunately, all changes can be explained from a medical point of view, and it is important for a woman to know some of the nuances. Below are the changes that can be encountered during menopause:
- lack of orgasm
- the level of sexual attraction has decreased significantly,
- During intercourse, discomfort and pain in the vaginal area are felt.
But there is good news. Each of these problems is common among the majority of women who have entered the so-called menopause, so they are quite simple to solve.
Menopause and sexual desire in women
In some women, the sexual desire in the period of menopause only increases, while in others there is a significant decrease in interest in the opposite sex. The reason for this is several factors.
Thus, a decrease in sexual desire can be caused by hormonal changes. Psychological factors also contribute. As a rule, during this period a woman feels a certain depression. Such changes in the psychoemotional state are associated with a possible set of additional kilograms, deterioration of the appearance, condition of the skin, the consequences of a wrong lifestyle.
The big advantage is that such changes do not occur suddenly. They move gradually and occasionally make themselves felt in certain situations. This is a great opportunity to notice such processes in time and eliminate undesirable consequences.
On the way to a healthy sexual desire, the loss of the sexual attractiveness of a partner can also arise. The fact is that by nature men find it harder to hide the disadvantages of aging, therefore, in many cases, women’s interest in them is significantly reduced.
An additional cause of reduced desire may be some medical problems. Most often, they cause a feeling of shame in women, and are forced to abandon intimate intimacy with their partner. These problems include prolapse of the uterus or vagina, as well as urinary incontinence. In such situations, you must go to the doctor.
Problems during intercourse during menopause
The menopause period greatly affects the female body. Many patients go to the doctor with complaints of feeling unwell, constant fatigue, lethargy, nausea, dizziness, and headaches. Often, pain and discomfort can cause a lot of inconvenience during intercourse.
The unpleasant feeling provokes a low level of natural lubrication, which should provide a comfortable slip in intimate proximity.
The lubricant is produced in the vagina. Its deficiency caused by hormonal imbalances can provoke a feeling of discomfort, and in some cases a feeling of pain or burning.
In such circumstances, special attention should be paid to intimate hygiene. Women are advised to stop using soap during washing and apply special gels or oils for this purpose. It is also advisable to wash underwear only with products that can not cause an allergic reaction.
Sex should be regular. The more often sexual intercourse occurs, the more actively the mucous membranes of the vagina work. Consistency in intimacy will help maintain the same elasticity, and the necessary lubricant will continue to stand out.
Today, there are artificial lubricants or lubricants that can be purchased at any specialty store. Such tools will provide a worthy replacement for natural vaginal secretions.
Decreased sex drive
Many women find it harder to reach orgasm during menopause, they have some difficulty in getting pleasure from intimacy. Several factors contribute to this.
Against the background of a decrease in the concentration of estrogen in the body, the clitoris, which is a key center in enjoying pleasure, may lose its former sensitivity. Often, pleasure is hindered by psycho-emotional factors: depressed mood, anxiety, depression. Hormonal imbalances can also affect the frequency of orgasms, making them more rare.
Solve this problem can and should be. There are several ways. Initially, you need to assess your condition during intimacy. So, if during intercourse does not leave a feeling of anxiety, a feeling of discomfort, it is better not to ignore this problem. If the reason lies in the psychological factor, you must visit a specialist who will prompt the right decision. When intimacy causes discomfort, you should use lubricants.
It will also be very useful to diversify the sex life. And age in this case is not a hindrance. You can talk with your partner, go to a sex shop together to get exactly what will help to increase craving and arousal. Such an approach should ultimately lead to pleasure.
Till how old can a woman have intercourse?
Sexual activity never drops to zero. With age, it decreases, but still remains relevant for many couples. To fade away sexual desire and, accordingly, intimacy in most cases begin at the age of sixty-five years.
Until this time, the desire may be somewhat reduced, and sexual contact will become much less. However, during menopause, women should not encounter any obstacles to intimate intimacy.
If the above factors that prevent a healthy intimate life are present, you should solve the problem yourself or visit a psychoanalyst. When the reason lies in medical factors, you need to contact your doctor. Do not neglect regular consultations and examinations at the gynecologist.
Sex during menopause
Sooner or later, the period of menopause occurs in absolutely all women. It is accompanied by symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, changeable mood, irritability, depression, and headaches. And most importantly - the gradual withering of female beauty and the cessation of menstruation. But after the onset of menopause, the woman remains a woman and still needs love and sex. Contrary to popular belief, menopause and sex are incompatible concepts, sex after menopause is not only possible, but necessary! Let's get this straight.
Sex life during menopause
For most women, sex life during menopause almost does not change. The question is whether there is sex after menopause, they are not worth it. Sex takes up a large part of their life — sexual desire during this period increases rather than vice versa. A change in the level of hormones does not affect the desire or ability to reach orgasm, if there are no unpleasant sensations. On the contrary, it is during this period that you should relax and get a taste - sex after menopause in women does not cause problems associated with unwanted pregnancy. Contrary to popular belief, with menopause, you can have sex as often as the woman wants.
Features of sex during menopause
Let's consider the moments concerning certain features of sex during menopause and ways to solve them:
- Some women think that menopause affects sex in a negative way, and their sexual desire during menopause has decreased. Most often this has a psychological reason: women believe that the inability to fertilize reduces their attractiveness in the eyes of a partner. In this case, it is worth considering the question from the other side: she is older and more experienced, she knows her body, knows how to relax in sex, she is more skillful, which is unreasonable, is a huge advantage. In addition, you should take into account the positive impact of sex on menopause. Due to changes in the hormonal level, a woman experiences periods of bad mood or gets depressed, and sex is an excellent antidepressant.
- Due to the decrease in hormone levels during menopause, the elasticity and shape of the vagina changes. dryness, irritation. With sex during menopause, women may feel a burning sensation or pain. In this case, it is necessary to extend the prelude so that the vagina is moistened and prepared for intercourse. If this does not help, use lubricants.
- With the onset of menopause in the vaginal environment increases the level of alkali. which makes him susceptible to a variety of infections. This problem has two solutions: use a condom during intercourse or undergo a course of hormonal therapy.
Sex and Menopause
How menopause affects libido?
The loss of the hormone estrogen, which occurs after menopause, can lead to changes in the sexual desire and sexual functioning of women. Women in menopause and after menopause may notice that now they are not so easily excited, they may decrease their sensitivity to touch and stroking, which may lead to a decrease in interest in sex.
In addition, a reduced level of estrogen can cause a decrease in blood supply to the vagina. This reduced blood supply may affect the lubrication of the vagina, which will cause the vagina to be too dry for comfortable sexual intercourse.
Low estrogen is not the only culprit in lowered libido, there are many other factors that can affect a woman’s interest in sex life during and after menopause. These factors include:
Does menopause lower sexual desire in all women?
Not. In fact, some women report an increase in sexual desire in the period after menopause. The reason for this may be a decrease in anxiety associated with the fear of pregnancy. In addition, many postmenopausal women have fewer responsibilities related to raising children, which allows them to relax and enjoy intimacy with their partner.
What can I do to prevent vaginal dryness during menopause?
During and after menopause, vaginal dryness can be eliminated using water-soluble lubricants, such as Astroglide or K-Y Jelly. Do not use water-insoluble lubricants, such as petrolatum, because they can weaken latex (material used to make condoms, which must be used to prevent pregnancy, until your doctor confirms that your body no longer produces eggs and to prevent disease sexually transmitted diseases). Water-insoluble lubricants can also become a breeding ground for bacteria, especially for those whose immune systems are weakened by chemotherapy.
How can I increase my sexual desire during and after menopause?
Currently, there are no good medications to treat sexual problems in women experiencing menopause. Estrogen replacement therapy may work, but research has shown conflicting results regarding its effectiveness. Still, estrogen can make sexual intercourse not so painful, because it helps to overcome the vaginal dryness.
Doctors are also exploring whether a combination of estrogen and male hormones, called androgens, can be effective to increase sexual desire in women.
Although it is quite difficult to discuss sexual problems, talk to your doctor, consider possible options, such as counseling. Your doctor may refer you and your partner to a sexual disorder specialist. The therapist may recommend sexual counseling on an individual basis, with your partner or in a support group. This type of counseling can be very successful, although it is conducted on a short-term basis.
How can I improve intimacy with my partner during menopause?
During menopause, if your sexual desire is not the same as it was before, but you do not think you need counseling, you should set aside time for intimacy with your partner. Intimacy does not always require sexual intercourse - love and affection can be expressed in different ways. Enjoy your time together - long romantic walks, candlelight dinners, or just stroke each other’s backs.
In order to improve physical proximity with a partner, you can try the following approaches:
Practice self-education on your anatomy, sexual functioning and normal changes associated with aging, as well as sexual behavior and reactions. It can help you overcome your anxiety about sexual function and sexual effectiveness.
Strengthen stimulation using erotic materials (videos or books), masturbation, and making changes to the sexual routine.
Use distraction techniques to improve relaxation and eliminate anxiety. They can include erotic and non-erotic fantasies, exercises during intercourse, as well as music, video or television.
Practice non-coital behaviors (physical stimulation that does not include intercourse), such as sensual massage. These activities can be used to increase comfort and improve communication between you and your partner.
Minimize any pain you may experience using sexual positions that will help you control the depth of penetration. You can also try taking a warm bath before sexual intercourse, which will help you relax and use vaginal lubricants to help overcome the pain caused by friction (friction).
Do I still have to worry about sexually transmitted diseases?
Yes. Just as you need to use protection if you do not want to get pregnant during perimenopause. You must take action to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases during menopause and after menopause. It is important to remember that your risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases is the same at any point in your life when you are sexually active, and this risk does not decrease with age or with changes in your reproductive system.
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Climax and sex. How to have sex with menopause?
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Who told you that intimate life ends with menopause! Menopause is not a reason to deny yourself intimate intimacy. Learn what to do to make menopause sex a real pleasure.
Climax. For many women, this word sounds like a sentence. With the extinction of the functions of the sex glands, certain changes occur in intimate life. In some cases, this is a change for the better, and sometimes - not. But most importantly, you need to understand that such changes are the norm, and you can always fight against any undesirable consequences of menopause.
Снижение уровня женских половых гормонов (эстрогенов) при климаксе приводит к сухости влагалища, а также снижает половое влечение. Секс становится уже не таким приятным делом, как несколько лет тому назад. Такое положение дел изрядно подрывает уверенность в себе. Возникает психологический дискомфорт, вплоть до депрессии, требующей психотерапевтической коррекции.
Однако не все так печально, как кажется на первый взгляд. Climax sex is not a hindrance. And in 55 you can live a full intimate life and get real pleasure from intimacy.
Sexual desire and climax
Note that not all women in menopause note a decrease in sexual desire. Moreover, in some cases, on the contrary, the desire only increases.
A possible decrease in interest in intimacy is associated with a decrease in estrogen levels. An important role is played by psychological factors. Thus, a woman may not feel attractive due to some changes associated with menopause (hair loss, weight gain, skin changes, and others).
Naturally, a decrease in libido does not occur suddenly. It is important to notice such changes in time and begin to act.
Climax and a healthy lifestyle
At 45, life is just beginning, and it's time to play sports, even if you have never done it before. Enroll in a fitness club, enjoy swimming, yoga or just walking. Dance classes will be useful. So not only can you keep yourself in excellent physical shape, but you will always be in a good mood, which is very important.
Women over 40 need to monitor their diet. Try to limit the consumption of meat, fatty and fried foods. Lean on vegetables and fruits more. Foods containing phytoestrogens will be very helpful. These are herbal analogues of female sex hormones that can make up for the lack of estrogen in the blood. Such products include soybeans, legumes, dairy products, blue cheeses, rye, barley, asparagus, parsley, carrots, garlic and others.
Intimate life during menopause
Doctors advise not to stop having sex with menopause. Regular sex will keep the vagina in good shape. Even a few months of abstinence from intimate life can lead to vaginal dryness, because of which a woman will experience pain and discomfort during sexual intercourse. The problem of increased dryness of the vagina can be dealt with using artificial lubricant (lubricant). Try not to use oil-based lubricants, as they contribute to the development of irritations and can damage condoms.
If you have psychological problems with age (for example, dissatisfaction with your appearance), then it is best to visit a psychologist. Experts claim that most often a woman just fixates on some of her flaws. It is best to focus on the virtues that, for sure, have not disappeared anywhere with the arrival of menopause.
Correction of hormonal background
Since all the manifestations of menopause are associated with a decrease in the number of female sex hormones, the need to correct hormonal levels is obvious. For this purpose, hormone replacement therapy is used. True, because of its possible side effects, doctors try to prescribe it in extreme cases.
Numerous studies in Europe and the United States show that prolonged use of hormonal drugs significantly increases the risk of developing breast cancer. Also, the use of hormonal drugs increases the likelihood of thrombosis, liver disease and cardiovascular pathologies.
An alternative to traditional hormone therapy is phytoestrogen-based non-hormonal products. One of these is Kleverol - an effective drug of plant origin. The active ingredient of Cloverol is red clover extract, collected in the Swiss Alps.
Clover phytoestrogens are not hormones, but they are very similar in their mechanism of action. Kleverol well copes with such symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, irritability, sleep disturbances and mood swings. Over time, the problem of dryness of the skin and mucous membranes of the vagina disappears. To enhance the moisturizing effect, it is also advisable to use local means, for example, Vagisan gel, which quickly and effectively eliminates the problem of vaginal dryness.
Currently, phytoestrogen-based drugs are the only safe alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Kleverol passed all the necessary clinical trials, it effectively copes with the unpleasant symptoms of menopause, while it is absolutely safe for prolonged use.
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The effect of menopause on general physical health
Almost all women undergo some physical changes during menopause. This negatively affects the quality of sexual life during menopause, as changes in one’s own body often frighten and alarm not only women themselves, but also their partners.
The rules that will help preserve external beauty as long as possible and prevent the influence of menopause on physical health:
- regular exercise (it is necessary to give preference to exercises that stimulate blood flow to the pelvic organs),
- proper nutrition, in which there is a necessary proportion of healthy fats,
- complete rejection of bad habits
- regular intake of amino acids, vitamins and trace elements,
- lack of stress and irritation,
- if necessary, hormone replacement therapy.
Arguments for the continuation of sexual activity after menopause
Almost all women after menopause, or completely abandon the joys of carnal love, or begin to have sex several times less often than before. It is not necessary. Moreover, studies have shown that regular lovemaking in the premenopausal period can prolong it by several years, thereby pushing back the fact of the development of the menopause itself.
Arguments in favor of continuing sex after menopause:
- increase self-esteem
- pleasant sensations
- good mood after the act
- feeling of unity with a partner
- oxytocin release into the bloodstream
- obesity prevention,
- prevention of neoplasm development.
In some cases, a woman is so strongly embarrassed by the changes taking place in her body that she needs the help of a psychologist. The specialist will be able to convey to her that attaining a certain age is not a reason to deny yourself the pleasures available to every person.
Does sex have a climax? Every woman will have to ask herself this question sooner or later. Of course, there is influence, and it is significant. To continue sex life or put a cross on yourself and your femininity - each decides for itself.
Gynecologists not only have nothing against the continuation of sexual activity after menopause, but most often strongly advise their patients not to abandon it.
The only comment that they are trying to convey to each patient is not to forget about protection. Impossibility to become pregnant does not cancel the possibility of infection with sexually transmitted infections, HIV and hepatitis C.
At the premenopausal stage, conception is still possible. The use of contraceptives remains relevant for at least two years after the termination of the cycle, since at this time there is still the possibility of unwanted pregnancy.