Health Tips from a Mother of Three

Faqs About Menopause And Sexual Problems

Changes to a woman's sex life during and after menopause are not uncommon. For some women, those changes are temporary. Other women might have longer lasting problems that can impact their sex lives for years to come. If you are going through menopause, it is important to understand the possible changes you can experience and what you can do to treat them.

What Are Common Menopause-Related Sex Problems?

During and after menopause, it is possible to experience a decreased sex drive and vaginal dryness. Vaginal dryness can cause sex to be uncomfortable, which leaves many women reluctant to have sex. Some women even experience pain during sex. 

Other symptoms that are characteristic of menopause can also have an impact on your sex life. For instance, fatigue and difficulty sleeping can often leave you too tired for sex. Mood changes that are directly related to the hormonal changes that occur in menopause can leave you feeling too stressed to want to have sex. 

What Can You Do?

If you are experiencing sexual problems, do not hesitate to take action. What treatment is necessary depends largely on the symptom you are experiencing. 

A decreased sex drive could possibly be treated with sex therapy or counseling. Some women experience changes in how they view themselves and their partners after menopause. As a result, their desire for sex can be impacted. A therapist can help identify the exact reason for the problem and offer solutions for you and your partner. 

If you are currently taking medications, talk to your OB/GYN about them. Some medications have side effects that could lead to a decreased sexual libido. If that is the case, an adjustment to your prescription can be made. 

Vaginal dryness can usually be addressed with the use of an over-the-counter lubricant. The lubricant offers temporary relief, but helps you to avoid discomfort during sex. 

If the lubricant is not effective, your doctor can recommend hormone therapy to help alleviate your symptoms. Hormone therapy is commonly used for other symptoms, such as hot flashes. 

How your OB/GYN treats pain during sex depends largely on its cause. For instance, if it is due to an infection, he or she will prescribe an antibiotic cream. However, if there is no underlying reason for the pain outside of menopause, your doctor could prescribe a numbing agent to use before sex. 

Do not be afraid to share your sex problems with your OB/GYN. Your doctor can determine the source of your discomfort and help find a solution. 

For more information, contact a local clinic like Bay Area Women's Care.