The Loss of Libido During Peri-Menopause

sexualcouple1At the onset of peri-menopause some women become more interested in intimacy and experimenting with their partners.  This is natures last ditch effort to allow a woman to create a new life before she is no longer capable.  As time passes and our desire for intimate contact with our partners diminishes, it can be months before we realize we have a serious problem on our hands.

Decreased libido is caused by the hormonal changes that accompany the menopausal transition.  Lowered levels of estrogen create a loss of sexual sensitivity.  Reduced levels of progesterone mean a decreased likelihood of arousal.  Testosterone, when not present in sufficient quantities, also contributes to the lack of readiness.  When these hormones drop, so does your overall desire for physical intimacy.

Many of the symptoms that accompany menopause may not leave you feeling much like making love.  Vaginal dryness, mood swings, anxiety, stress, pain, hot flashes, insomnia and the accompanying exhaustion can all hinder your ability to get excited about sex.  To top it all off, a growing muffin tops doesn’t do much for your self-image, leaving you feeling less that desirable.

Communication with your partner is the most important aid to intimacy.  In addition, making healthier lifestyle choices can have a huge impact on rejuvenating your passion and reducing symptoms that can get in the way.  Some of the biggest factors in your desire to make love as you age are your health, and side effects from medications for high blood pressure, depression, and diabetes. 

Love making in itself can improve your libido and have a positive impact on several health conditions.  Intimacy with your loed one can alleviate stress, lower blood pressure, enhances your mood by releasing endorphins, like oxytocin, which helps to counter the effects of cortisol.  Just the intimacy of cuddling and kissing can increase oxytocin levels, helping you feel closer to your partner and reducing your overall stress level.

It’s critical to your life-long wellness to put some effort into taking good care of your physical, emotional and mental health now. Resolving health challenges as they appear and making adjustments to your eating, drinking, exercise habits, is of utmost importance in order to keep this challenging time from taking over your life.  The significance of making these changes takes on new meaning in the context of allowing you to enjoy intimacy with your partner well into your old age.

For natural menopause solutions that can help you to take back control of your life, improve libido, and have your feeling and looking better than ever, contact us to discuss your goals.

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