Low Sex Drive & Menopause
While low libido is common during menopause (affecting between 25% and 50% of menopausal women) it often gets lost in the shadows of more “classic” symptoms (like hot flashes and mood swings). And because low sex drive garners less attention, many women don’t even know there’s a connection between low libido and menopause.
Meanwhile, having a low sex drive can cause a woman significant emotional stress. For most women, their sexuality is a part of who they are. So losing your libido can feel like losing a piece of yourself. And if you’re in a relationship, a fading sex life can feel like fading closeness in general.
What do you do when intellectually you want sex, but your body just won’t cooperate?
What Causes Low Sex Drive During Menopause?
Each of these hormones has a part to play in maintaining a healthy desire for sex. So when they diminish during menopause, sex drive can diminish right along with them.
Estrogen, for example, is responsible for heightened sensitivity during sex. In other words, estrogen makes sex feel good. And if it doesn’t feel good, why bother, right? Estrogen is also responsible for healthy vaginal tissue and vaginal lubrication—both of which are necessary for sex to be enjoyable.
Progesterone keeps your libido up in the first place. So if your progesterone levels are low, there’s a good chance the urge to have sex just won’t be there.
And then there’s testosterone. Testosterone plays a huge role in sexual response, and also plays a significant role in orgasm. And like estrogen, testosterone affects vaginal lubrication.
Thyroid’s role is as traffic manager. It serves as a catalyst to make sure all of the hormones listed above function properly.
Stress can kill your sex drive, too. Stress can cause excess production of a hormone called cortisol. Excess cortisol is relevant because it can cause adrenal fatigue, and adrenal fatigue can cause low libido.
All of this explains how these hormones directly impact sex drive. But they have an indirect effect, as well. Imbalance in one or all these can cause other symptoms of menopause—symptoms that can leave a woman feeling less than sexy. These other symptoms include hot flashes, mood instability, fatigue, hair loss, insomnia, vaginal dryness, and weight gain.
Treatment For Low Sex Drive During Menopause
The frustration and emotional pain that can come with low libido is completely unnecessary. You can feel as sexy during menopause as you did in your 20′s. You deserve to have a sex life; and you can get yours back by replenishing estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid to healthy levels.
Providing Women With Choices – How Renew Woman™ Does It
There is relief for low sex drive during menopause. Through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), your hormones can be balanced. Combine balanced hormones with an active lifestyle and a healthy diet, and your sex drive will return in 2-4 weeks. The trick is to get treatment that’s customized just for you.
Renew Woman™ is here to offer choices in this regard. One of our qualified doctors can check your current hormone levels via lab testing, and work with the educated and informed you to develop a treatment plan that will replenish your hormones to healthy levels.
Contact us to learn more about low sex drive and other symptoms of menopause. You can reach us at 800-859-7511, or request a consultation through our contact form.