How to Improve Your Sex Life After Menopause

Women have enough on their plate in the months leading up to menopause. Between hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and weight gain, the last thing you want is for your sex drive to go out the door — or worse, for your sex drive to be high, but sex to be painful or uncomfortable. 

Both are common scenarios for women after menopause, but take comfort in knowing that you have options to revamp your post-menopause sex life. Here, Dr. Leroy Charles, expert OB/GYN at Women’s Pavilion of the Palm Beaches, details five ways to do just that.

1. Talk to your doctor about your concerns

We know, we know. … No one likes to talk to their doctor, OB/GYN or not, about sex. It’s just awkward. But Dr. Charles is used to talking about these things, and Women’s Pavilion of the Palm Beaches is here to help you work through any health problems — sexual or otherwise — that you may be encountering. 

Dr. Charles may be able to offer some tips or treatment ideas to help improve sex after menopause. You can talk to Dr. Charles at your annual well-woman exam or schedule an appointment specifically for this purpose.

2. Talk to your partner — and do it honestly

While we’re talking about talking, you should consider talking to your partner about your feelings, thoughts, and concerns surrounding sex. Have an open, thoughtful, and very, very honest discussion — that’s the only way you’ll make progress. 

If you have a partner who supports you, they will want sex to be as good for you as it is for them. So if you let them know what needs to change, they can make changes. 

3. Consider hormone replacement therapy

As you approach menopause, your body goes through numerous changes, most of them driven by fluctuations in crucial hormones. When your body stops producing as much estrogen as it did before menopause, you experience those dreaded symptoms: hot flashes, fatigue, insomnia, mood swings, and more. 

These hormonal fluctuations may also cause dips in your libido or make sex feel uncomfortable. Hormone replacement therapy fortifies your body with lost hormones, helping you feel like yourself again (and take things up a notch in the bedroom).

4. Improve other areas of wellness

Sexual health is important, no doubt, but it’s not the only aspect of wellness that can affect your sex life. Your physical health and emotional health matter, too. Your physical health consists of fitness, nutrition, sleep, and hydration; your emotional health consists of stress, anxiety, work-life balance, family, social life, and other factors that impact your mind. You might find yourself pleasantly surprised that your sex life improves when you work on these other areas of wellness. 

5. Try vaginal rejuvenation

If the physical effects of menopause — like vaginal laxity, dryness, and discomfort — are really bothering you, you can benefit from vaginal rejuvenation. Dr. Charles uses TempSure™ Vitalia to restore your vaginal tissue and eliminate pain, effectively undoing the symptoms of vaginal atrophy that occur after menopause.

To learn more about improving your sex life after menopause, call the Women’s Pavilion of the Palm Beaches office in Greenacres, Florida, at 561-264-2055 or book your appointment online. You can also send a message to Dr. Charles and the team here on the website.

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