Dealing With Loss of Libido during Menopause

Dealing With Loss of Libido during Menopause

One of the most frustrating symptoms of menopause for most women is the loss of libido, or interest in sex. Testosterone is the hormone that is responsible for the libido in both sexes. While many consider testosterone to be a male hormone, women produce testosterone in several different places, primarily in the ovaries and the adrenal gland. After menopause, many women report a difference in sexual activity and orgasm intensity. Ten percent of menopausal women report an increase in libido during this time of life. It is likely, though, that most women report this because this is the time in life when most children leave home, so couples are able to introduce more sexual freedom and spontaneity to their life. At least twenty percent of women experiencing menopause, though, find a drop in libido. Libido levels drop even further when women encounter problems like vaginal dryness. Studies indicate that at least fifty percent of women encounter a drop in sexual activity either because of loss of libido or vaginal dryness. Other symptoms can suppress the normal sex drive as well. Hot flashes and general fatigue can take a real toll on your sex life. Vaginal pain is also common, which can further curtail your activities. For some women, treatment of vaginal dryness is all that is necessary. For others, though, treatment of lost libido is necessary. Deciding the best course of action for you depends on your symptoms.

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If you are only suffering from a loss of libido, taking small amounts of testosterone can help to increase your sex drive and your pleasure related to orgasm. Simply taking an estrogen replacement therapy cannot help with your libido problems. Adding androgens to your hormone replacement therapy regimen have been shown to help with libido, but they do have some side effects if they are relied upon too heavily like increased hair growth, acne, and a lower voice range. Adding testosterone to the hormone replacement therapy regimen, though, can seriously improve your sense of self. It can restore your libido and give you more energy to make love with your partner.

Some doctors suggest an androgen-estrogen combination to combat low libido, but studies have continually shown that this works better in treating depression. If this is at the heart of low libido, then it is the right therapy for you. However, there are some concerns about side effects, particularly with regard to the liver and the heart. Increasing the testosterone levels, though, is the way most doctors are going to help women with their sexual function. It is possible to get this in half the normal dose to avoid unpleasant side effects, and it is also possible to get it in gel form to eliminate the side effects. Be careful, though, about combining it with other hormone replacement therapies, because the can often cancel each other out.

Remember that the best remedy for problems in the bedroom is communication. Working with your partner to decide upon the best options for you will help you more than you could ever have imagined.

 

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