For many women, the most frightening effect of menopause isn't hot flashes, mood swings, or even the loss of fertility, it's the loss of libido — the spark that drives your sex life and makes your relationships tick. So understandably women seek a variety of informational sources to learn more about this symptom.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths floating around out there about libido loss. It is important for women to know the truth. Keep reading to learn more about common myths surrounding menopausal libido loss, and the actual facts about it.
Myth #1: Libido Loss is Inevitable
While it's true that libido loss during and after menopause is common, it is by no means a foregone conclusion. Women can take a great number of steps to prevent or lessen the loss of sex drive during the menopause transition. An improved diet and regular exercise are the best places to start, as they boost sex drive, energy, and the root cause of most menopausal symptoms — including libido loss — by balancing hormonal production.
Myth #2: Sex Just Isn't Enjoyable After Menopause
Feeling past your prime? Over the hill? Your salad days far behind you? Snap out of it. Just because you're going through menopause, doesn't mean that you can no longer enjoy the thrill of sexual intercourse. Try to renew the spark in your relationship by going on a date, having a nice night in or taking a vacation. Try any and all methods that will help you to see your partner in a new light.
Myth #3: Libido Loss Is Something to Hide
There's no way around it: hiding libido loss from your partner is all but impossible. When the mood isn't there, it isn't there. If you're suffering this symptom during menopause, be sure to have a frank conversation with your partner about the changes in your body. You may find a willing listener, and some suggestions for how to overcome it together.
Causes of Libido Loss
There is a variety of reasons as to why women suffer from loss of libido during menopause. As well as the fluctuating levels of the hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, there are also hot flashes, fatigue, and night sweats to contend with.
Emotional factors can also lead to a lowered sex drive. Relationships with your partner, family, or work colleagues can add to stress levels, which heighten the risk of experiencing a lowered libido. Physical changes to your body which are associated with menopause can make women feel less confident in themselves, increasing their worry and stress levels.
Treatments for Libido Loss
If you find that lifestyle changes aren't enough to regain your sex drive, you may want to explore other methods. Many alternative medicines have reported effectiveness, including phytoestrogenic and hormone-regulating herbs. Prescribed medications should only be viewed as a last resort; after all other options are exhausted, as these can come with a whole host of side effects.
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