In menopause you may experience a change to your sex drive or libido. It is not uncommon at this stage of life to experience a decrease in the desire for sex and among the numerous symptoms of menopause the loss of libido ranks among the more difficult symptoms to manage. Not every woman will go through the decrease in their libido although it is quite common and can be traced to lowered levels of hormones.
The subsequent decrease in hormone levels can result in vaginal dryness which means that sexual intercourse becomes painful and this contributes to the lack of desire. Other symptoms such as mood swings, hot flushes, night sweats, depressed mood and even weight gain can all make their contribution to the overall lack of desire for sex.
Menopause and Low Libido
During menopause testosterone and oestrogen levels decrease making it more difficult for women to become aroused. Decreases in oestrogen levels contribute to a reduction in blood supply to the vagina, effecting lubrication.
Thinning of the wall of vagina or vaginal atrophy and vaginal dryness mean that sex can become uncomfortable and even painful.
Depression and weight gain can also affect libido with self-esteem and depressed mood making desire for sex less appealing. Accompanying symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats all add to exhaustion and tiredness which have their effect on libido.
Hormonal changes are the most common contributors to loss of libido out it is important to seek help rather than suffer in silence.
If you are experiencing the above symptom please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 883 405 to book a free consultation and discuss this with one of our doctors.