Menopause and sex, vaginal dryness and postmenopause low libido associated with male sexual dysfunction, have been in the news.

Perimenopause Sexual Dysfunction

Is there an association between perimenopause and sexual dysfunction?

In Perimenopause Often Signals Beginning of Sexual Dysfunction published on Menopause and Sex15 November 2019, the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) reported about the study Female Sexuality and Vaginal Health Across the Menopausal Age:

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“For some women, sex becomes less satisfying with age, with a pronounced decline during perimenopause. A new study indicates that sexual dysfunction increases by nearly 30% during perimenopause, and vaginal dryness most often has the greatest effect on desire, arousal, lubrication, and overall satisfaction”.

In Perimenopause Often Signals Beginning of Sexual Dysfunction the NAMS explain:

“This study examined sexual functioning in women aged 40 to 55 years and identified a link between vaginal dryness and worse sexual function. Given the high prevalence of sexual dysfunction in women, identifying an eminently treatable contributing factor such as vaginal dryness may allow women to maintain their sexual function during the menopause transition,” says Dr. Stephanie Faubion, NAMS medical director”.

Postmenopause Low Libido

Is there an association between postmenopause and low libido?

In Low Libido In Older Women Linked to Erectile Dysfunction published on 21 November 2019, the study elaborates on:

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“Up to 40% of women over age 60 have low libido, and about 10% of them report feeling bothered by it”.

While postmenopause vaginal symptoms were a theme…

“The most surprising thread here, Thomas said, was that so many women identified sexual dysfunction in their male partners as a major contributor to their own lack of desire for sex”.

Health Care Provider

What if I think I have vaginal dryness?

In Vaginal Dryness: Treatment the (United States) MedlinePlus elaborate on:

“There are many treatments for vaginal dryness. Before treating your symptoms on your own, a health care provider must determine the cause of the problem”.

In Menopause Management: Managing Vaginal Problems – Dry Vagina Treatments the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explain:

  • “Lubricants or Oil…
  • Vaginal Moisturizers…
  • Black Cohosh…
  • Linseed (Flaxseed)…
  • Vaginal Oestrogen…
  • Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT)…
  • Vaginal Laser Therapy…”.

In Vaginal Dryness: Treatment Options the NAMS elaborate on:

  • “Nonhormone Remedies
    • Vaginal Lubricants…
    • Vaginal Moisturizers…
    • Regular Sexual Stimulation…
    • Expanding Your Views of Sexual Pleasure…
    • Vaginal Dilators…
    • Pelvic Floor Exercises…
  • Vaginal Estrogen Therapy…
    • An effective and safe treatment…
    • Government-approved low-dose vaginal estrogen products…
    • Standard doses of estrogen therapy…
  • Other Prescription Therapies…
    • Ospemifene …
    • Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)”.

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Last Updated: 25 November 2019 – Last Revised: 25 November 2019
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