For the 20 to 40% of women who experience loss of sexual drive during menopause, the number one question is “when will it come back?” Unfortunately, there are no easy answers. Every woman is different, and the factors which trigger libido loss are just as varied.
But if you're not ready to put your sex life on the wayside just yet, learning more about menopause and the triggers of libido loss can help you to bring the passion back, not just post-menopause, but throughout this period. Keep reading for more information on loss of libido during menopause, and tips on what you can do to revive it.
Why Does Sex Drive Decline During Menopause?
For your entire adult life, your hormones have been more or less balanced. Menopause involves the temporary disruption of this balance. Your estrogen levels drop. Your periods become delayed. You feel irritable, anxious, depressed or excited for no apparent reason. In the midst of all this, it's no wonder that your desire for intimacy lags.
So when will it end? Many women report lower sex drive into their post-menopausal years, possibly due to lowered estrogen levels during and after menopause. But you can combat these symptoms without going through risky hormone replacement therapy. Keep reading to find out how.
Boosting Your Sex Drive with Lifestyle Changes
Many of the reasons behind libido loss during menopause are biological. The solutions, however, can involve simple lifestyle changes, such as:
Exercise and Diet
Eating a balanced diet and exercising will not only makes you healthier, it will boost your confidence and make you feel sexier. Try to make time for balanced meals and exercise for at least 30 minutes per day.
If lifestyle changes don't do the trick, you may want to introduce estrogenic herbs like ginkgo biloba, dong quai or gingseng into your diet. Non-estrogenic herbs can carry some of the same benefits, often without side effects.
Set the Mood
Nothing can stifle libido like an old, tired routine. Try reinvigorating your relationship with a romantic dinner, a vacation, or a night on the town.
If you've tried lifestyle changes and still find that low sex drive is a problem, talking with a medical professional can help you to figure out the best way forward. Go to the following link for more information about loss of libido.
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