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Is Menopause Affecting Your Sexual Health? We Can Help

Sexuality is an important component to every woman’s life, and that goes for women of all ages. As women transition through menopause they often experience uncomfortable symptoms like nightsweats, hot flashes, and lower energy levels. While these symptoms are more openly discussed, women are less likely to talk about the sexual side effects of menopause.

These side effects can impact a woman’s sexuality and significantly reduce quality of life. While menopause is inevitable, effective strategies and treatments can help you overcome menopause-related symptoms and feel more like yourself again.

What happens during menopause?

Millions of women begin the transition through menopause each year. For most women, menopause is a process that lasts for months to years, during which your ovaries decrease their production of hormones.

Some women are fortunate enough to transition through menopause without noticeable symptoms or discomfort. For many other women, however, menopause marks a time of significant adjustment. The bumpy road of coping with sharply declining hormone production and hormonal imbalance can wreak havoc on even the most balanced and well-adjusted woman. 

How menopause affects sexuality

Hormones affect your brain and body in many ways, and declining levels of hormones like estrogen can impact the way you think and feel. Here are some of the major ways menopause affects a woman’s sexuality.

Reduced desire

Many women find that their desire for sex declines as they go through menopause, and this can have an impact on intimate relationships. Additionally, changes to body shape and size can make some women going through menopause feel less desirable. 

Vaginal dryness

Estrogen plays a key role in the integrity of vaginal tissues, keeping them plump and lubricated. Low estrogen tends to cause vaginal atrophy in women going through menopause. Changes from lack of estrogen can make vaginal tissues thin and dry, making them tear easily. This coupled with dryness makes sex uncomfortable and even painful. 

Reduced pleasure

Changes to vaginal tissues and blood flow during and after menopause can make sex less pleasurable. Pain from increased friction, soreness, and burning, combined with less sensitivity can cause significant discomfort during sexual intercourse. 

Altered self-image

Sexuality encompasses more than just sex. It also has to do with your values and attitudes toward sex and how you see yourself. Menopause can cause weight gain, a change in fat distribution, fatigue, reduced feelings of sexual pleasure, mood swings, and urinary incontinence. All of these factors can have a major impact on your sexual health and how you express your sexuality. 

Menopause is affecting my sexual health, so what now?

Here at Capital Women’s Care we offer women strategies, tools and treatments to manage menopausal symptoms and restore your vitality. Medication, hormone therapy, lifestyle changes, counseling, and sex therapy can help restore your sexuality and improve your quality of life. 

Getting professional help

Seeking the assistance of a professional by visiting an OB/GYN is one of the best places to start on the path to feeling better. Our expert providers here at Capital Women’s Care take pride in helping women navigate all phases of life to lead healthier, happier lives. 

We provide care to women in and near Arlington and McLean, Virginia. Call our Arlington office at 571-206-8830 or our McLean office at 571-210-5596 to schedule a visit with Dr. Andrea Williams, Dr. Sandra Caskie, Dr. Michele Berkeley, or Dr. Alexis Light. Or our online scheduling tool offers a convenient way to book your visit.

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