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Lack of Libido in Menopausal Women

Doctors and sex therapists often diagnose a lack of libido in menopausal women. A lack of libido can obviously place a great strain on a relationship as well as on overall healthy sexual functioning, and for this reason women who are going through menopause should fully understand its symptoms and causes.

What Is a Lack of Libido?

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A lack of libido, therefore, describes an absence of sexual desire.The word libido simply refers to a person's sex drive. A lack of libido, therefore, describes an absence of sexual desire. Because of the delicate nature of the subject, many women are not properly educated on the causes of low libido, and may often feel that something is severely wrong or that they are going through something unnatural. In fact, a lack of libido is one of the symptoms of menopause that can be totally reversed.

Keep it simple:

Menopause is a period in which many women first experience fatigue, insomnia, hot flashes, weight gain, and digestive issues: all common symptoms of fluctuating hormones. These sensations can make a woman feel like a stranger in her own body, which affects her sexual self. When you are not feeling at the peak of health, your interest in sex naturally dwindles. This is why, for many women, feeling better physically is the first step to improving libido.

What Causes a Lack of Libido?

A lack of libido in menopausal women can be the result of both physical and psychological factors, each with their own treatment options.

Psychological causes

Some symptoms of menopause, such as mood swings, depression, and anxiety can be responsible for a lack of libido. These symptoms can have a negative impact upon a woman's mental health and cause great irritation, thus affecting any desire for romance. Raised stress levels resulting from these symptoms put further strain on the female libido. Fortunately, the stress associated with menopause symptoms is temporary, so libido should return to full strength once the symptoms have disappeared.

While not necessarily related to menopause, relationship difficulties, including a lack of trust, communication, or intimacy can also be responsible for a woman's lack of interest in sex.

Physical causes

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Normally the main cause for a lack of libido is a hormonal imbalance experienced during menopause. In both men and women testosterone is the main hormone controlling sexual drive, and when a woman's testosterone levels drop, her desire for sexual stimulation drops, too.

Estrogen deficiency during menopause also contributes to a lack of female libido. This is because the decline in estrogen causes vaginal dryness, a condition that leads to painful intercourse.

How Can I Boost My Libido?

In order to properly treat a lack of female libido, it is important to diagnose whether the problem is being caused by physical or psychological factors.

Psychological

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A good, healthy rest can restore your libido. If stress and fatigue is responsible for the lack of libido, it can often be restored with a healthy rest and exercise routine. If, however, the cause is from relationship difficulties, couples have a range of options including couple or sex therapy.

Physical

Since a lack of libido is usually associated with hormonal fluctuations, a hormone balancing program is often the most effective solution. This can often be achieved through natural herbs or alternative medicines, supplemented of course with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. In the most drastic of cases, and certain medications.

Treatments for Low Libido during Menopause

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Treatments for Low Female Libido

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Increasing Libido in Menopausal Women

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Sources:
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  • Sarell, Philip, M.D. "Psychosexual effects of menopause: Role of androgens". American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. March 1999. 180: 3S-II.
  • Studd, John. "Loss of Libido and Menopause". The Management of Menopause. Annual Review 1998. Partenon Publishing.