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How does menopause affect your sex drive?

Related Topics: Menopause, Libido
 

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The loss of estrogen following menopause can lead to changes in a woman's sexual functioning. Menopausal women may notice that they are not as easily aroused, and may be less sensitive to touching and stroking, which can result in a decreased interest in sex.

In addition, lower levels of estrogen can cause a decrease in blood supply to the vagina. This decreased blood flow can affect vaginal lubrication, causing the vagina to be too dry for comfortable intercourse.

A lower estrogen level is not the only culprit behind a decreased libido; there are numerous other factors that may influence a woman's interest in sexual activity during menopause and after. These include:

  • Bladder control problems.
  • Sleep disturbances.
  • Depression or anxiety.
  • Stress.
  • Medications.
  • Health concerns.

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