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As millions of women enter menopause, many report a stalled libido. And most aren’t happy about it and are looking for ways to fix it.
Menopause causes less estrogen to circulate in the body. A mood elevator, estrogen works in the brain to maintain interest in sex, but it also helps to increase sensation in the genitals and make sex more pleasurable. Without estrogen, not only can desire take a tumble, but vaginal tissue can dry and shrink. As a result, intercourse can become uncomfortable and even painful.
Some fixes include hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Many still view HRT as the most successful menopause treatment. Other fixes are lubricant and hormone cream. Using lubricants during sex can make intercourse less painful and more enjoyable. Though lubricants will not provide long-term relief for low libido, it can provide temporary relief. Hormone creams containing estrogen, can be applied to the vagina in order to increase blood flow. This blood flow should allow for increased sensitivity and easier orgasm.
While estrogen levels are important, research shows testosterone also plays a role in a woman's sex drive. Though present in only tiny amounts, some doctors say it amps up the female sex drive. A testosterone patch has been shown to improve sex drive in women by up to 75 percent. However the FDA advisory panel ruled a female testosterone patch needed more safety data before approval is granted.
Many women say no to hormones and want more natural fixes. These include maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, mediation, regular sleep habits, and a balanced diet. All can boost self-confidence that in turn can help increase sexual desire. Decrease stress and get plenty of rest. Stress can destroy one's natural ability to enjoy life, including one's sex life.
Herbs can be another fix. There are many herbs that have been found to increase female libido after menopause. Before using supplements, talk with your doctor, as side effects or drug interactions can occur.
To help with fixes all around, get a blood test. A hormone blood test will tell which hormones are low and which hormone levels are normal.