Menopause FAQs: Sexual Health is some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about menopause, vaginal dryness, painful sex and loss of libido.

Sexual Health

What is sexual health?

Depending on the Source the definition of sexual health may vary. In Sexual Health the World Health Organization’s definition is:

“Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence”.

Menopause

Is there an association between menopause and sexual health?

In Sexual Health & Menopause Online: Changes At Midlife the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) explain:

Menopause FAQs: Sexual Health

“Every woman experiences her midlife years differently. The changes that occur during this period, including changes in sexual well-being, are typically caused by a mix of both menopause and aging, as well as by typical midlife stresses and demands”.

In Sex & Relationships: Sex & Menopause the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) also note:

“At midlife and menopause, many things are likely to be happening, both to your body and in your relationships. There might be partners, children and ageing or unwell parents to consider, as well as work demands and even your sense of identity as a woman. These changes can affect your sexuality and, together with the hormonal changes, sexual problems may occur”.

Vaginal Dryness

Is there an association between menopause and vaginal dryness?

On page one in Vaginal Dryness the NAMS elaborate on:

Menopause FAQs: Sexual Health

“Bothersome symptoms of the vagina and vulva (outer lips of the vagina) increase during and after the menopause transition or may start several years after menopause. The decrease in estrogen with menopause is a major contributor to vaginal dryness, itching, burning, discomfort, and pain during intercourse or other sexual activity. Vaginal atrophy is the medical term which describes theses changes.  The genitourinary syndrome of menopause includes bothersome vaginal atrophy often combined with urinary symptoms”.

Painful Sex

Menopause FAQs: Sexual Health Is there an association between menopause and painful sex?

In Sex & Relationships: Management & Treatment of Sexual Problems At Menopause – Painful Sex the JH explain:

“Because a dry vagina makes sex painful, even thinking about sex can make you anxious, and then you can start to fear sex. This can set up a negative ‘pain cycle’ where you fear sex, avoid sex, get frustrated and anxious, and then sex is likely to hurt more. If this is happening, treat the physical symptoms first to reduce the pain, and then the fear of pain during sex may also decrease”.

Loss of Libido

Is there an association between menopause and loss of libido?

In Loss of Libido (Reduced Sex Drive) the (United Kingdom) NHS (National Health Service) explain:

“Loss of libido (sex drive) is a common problem that affects many men and women at some point in their life. It’s often linked to relationship issues, stress or tiredness, but can be a sign of an underlying medical problem, such as reduced hormone levels. Everyone’s sex drive is different – there’s no such thing as a “normal” libido. But if you find your lack of desire for sex distressing or it’s affecting your relationship, it’s a good idea to get help”.

Treatment

What treatment is available for sexual difficulties?

On page five in the International Menopause Society’s (IMS) patient information leaflet Sexual Wellbeing After Menopause: Physical Wellbeing – Treatments Available published for World Menopause Day: World Menopause Day 2018, available in multiply languages, the IMS note:

Menopause FAQs: Sexual Health“There are various treatments available for women with sexual difficulties, but the effectiveness of treatments varies between women. It is important to seek advice, because without some form of treatment, symptoms are unlikely to diminish or go away on their own. Addressing your sexual difficulties and striving for positive sexual wellbeing can enhance the quality of your relationship, improve your psychological wellbeing and enhances your overall quality of life”.

Menopause FAQs

Where may I find more Menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: Sexual HealthIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you can find Menopause FAQS: Menopause Symptoms where the NAMS explain:

“Women going through the menopause transition often experience one or more menopause-related symptoms. You want to make sure that your symptoms are normally caused by menopause or may be signs of something else, such as a thyroid disorder, depression, a side effect of medication, or just normal aging. Get the straight story on your symptoms from our expert advisors and put your mind at ease”.

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Last Updated: 06 May 2019 – Last Revised: 06 May 2019
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