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How to Combat Low Libido during Menopause

Menopause can be a difficult transition, both for a woman and for her partner. Several of the symptoms can directly impact a relationship and depending on the severity, can cause complications in a partnership. A low libido is one common symptom of this transitional period. In fact, low libido affects 20 to 40% of menopausal women. For a large number of these women this is a disturbing and upsetting time because it is difficult to understand this sudden lack of sexual desire. However, it is possible to combat this menopausal symptom. Read on to find out how.

How to Combat a Low Libido

If you want to combat your low libido and rekindle the passion in the bedroom, there are certain lifestyle changes which can easily be made. When you want to treat low libido or any other symptom in menopause, you have to start by rebalancing hormone levels. When levels of the hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone fall, women's sexual functions are affected, so rebalancing them or influencing the production of them will help you to regain normal sexual activity. Here is how:

Exercise

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Exercise is not only important for maintaining physical health, but  also for increasing your sex drive. At least thirty minutes a day of physical activity five days a week is recommended. Running, cycling, walking, and swimming are all excellent choices for working out.

Stretch

Stretching not only helps with flexibility, it is good for relaxation and stress relief. Doing kegel exercises are also essential because they can strengthen the vaginal muscles, which will improve libido and make intercourse feel better.

Diet

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Eating a well-balanced diet is not only important for overall well-being, it can help with menopause symptom management, including loss of libido. Eating a diet that is high in zinc, magnesium, protein, and soy is highly recommended for increasing sex drive.

De-stress

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Since stress can exasperate low libido, it is important to set aside some “you-time”. Read a good book while taking a bath, or take a weekly yoga class so that you can improve muscle strength and blood circulation at the same time as de-stressing.

Engage in more sexual activity

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While it may seem counter-intuitive, regularly engaging in intercourse will increase your sex drive and make sex feel better over time. This is because blood flow increases to the pelvic, which strengthens the muscles of the vaginal walls. Not only is it important to regularly have sex, it is important to maintain intimacy between you and your partner. Have movie nights together, cuddle on the couch, and embrace one another, whether you plan on being intimate or not. This will increase your sex drive over time.

Recommendation

Positive lifestyle changes are the least invasive way to combat your low libido and should always be the first course of action. While there are alternative options available, it is important to consult with your doctor before beginning any sort of treatment. For more information about treatments for low libido, follow the link below.

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