Estrogen is an uber hormone. Many women think estrogen is only associated with reproduction, but this hormone has fingers in all sorts of body functions, including vaginal lubrication and mood. Testosterone, on the other hand, pushes all the right buttons to get the mood going before sex. After menopause, estrogen is all gone and testosterone levels have reached rock bottom – so with vaginal dryness, mood swings and no libido – is sex out of the question for good?
Heating Up After Menopause – Not Advice on Hot Flashes
Libido is controlled by testosterone. Men are the primary carriers of this male hormone, but women have some too. Testosterone levels peak when women are in their 20s, just like men. Unfortunately, from there the libido boosting hormone steadily declines and takes metabolism, muscle firmness and the desire to be intimate with it. By 55, menopause is raging or right around the corner and hormones have bottomed out. There is hope and help, however, for the post menopausal woman who wants to be more physically active in the bedroom.
Men are Suffering Too
Women are not the only ones suffering from a lapse in testosterone. Male testosterone levels steadily decline too at a rate of about 1% every year. By the time men and women reach the menopausal or menopausal age, neither of them have the fire and verve they used to. While men have various erectile dysfunction medications to help boost libido and even a growing number of doctor’s willing to supplement testosterone to fight off male menopause, testosterone supplementation in women continues to be rare.
It Takes Longer Than it Used To
Women and men need to talk about libido and how menopause and aging affects sex. Young couples can be ready to have sex in just a few moments – no real warm-up needed, but for menopausal women things take a little longer. This is the time when men can truly show how much they love their women. Here are a few ways to heat her up when the libido is being lazy.
Cuddle before trying to have intercourse. Touch and contact will naturally increase her desire to have intercourse.
Trying dating again. Going out on a romantic date may spark desire and libido. On the date, the couple should act the part of a new couple with everything to learn.
Get naked. The site of a naked body may be enough to start the heat flowing. Women suffering from hot flashes could feel sexier because they finally feel cool.
There is a sex life after menopause; it just takes a little patience. Hormone replacement therapy and testosterone replacement therapy can help relieve some menopause symptoms, but sometimes it’s more fun to work out the libido problem with more ingenious, creative life changes.
Summer Banks hit menopause at 31 after a radical hysterectomy. She and her husband have worked through many of the struggles menopausal women feel in the bedroom.
Source: Holistic Health News