Orgasm and Menopause: How to Continue Enjoying Your Sex Life

Orgasm and Menopause: How to Continue Enjoying Your Sex Life

Your ovaries produce your female sex hormones. When a woman reaches the age of menopause, the ovaries begin to slow down the production of estrogen and progesterone. This can lead to many symptoms, but one in particular is the loss of your sex drive. The good news is that modern science has found a few ways around this, and we’ve got some solutions for you at The Charlotte Center for Pelvic Health.

Vaginal Dryness

The number one symptom that women say affects their sex life after menopause is vaginal dryness. The loss of estrogen causes your vagina to not produce any natural lubricant. This can result in bleeding during intercourse and pain. Using a water-based lubricant can help to restore moisture, making sex more comfortable. If that doesn’t work, your doctor may be able to provide an estrogen cream to place in the vagina which will help restore some of the natural lubrication in the walls of the vagina. 

Loss of Desire

Estrogen and testosterone drive your sex life. They are what cause you to want to have sex in the first place. Without them, you may feel a general lack of sex drive, or even disgust. The change may be temporary, or it may be permanent. In the case of surgical menopause, removal of the ovaries happens during a surgical procedure and the resulting loss of hormones is immediate. Work with your partner to find what is right for both of you, and talk with your doctor to find the best options for you. 

Urinary Incontinence

With all the changes that happen during menopause, urinary incontinence can be one of the more embarrassing ones…especially when it happens during sex. The loss of control over your urine may make you afraid to have sex, let alone enjoy it. If you notice that you are having trouble with your pelvic muscles, it is time to seek out the help of a professional. 

Use It or Lose It

With the loss of estrogen and lubrication, the muscles in the wall of your vagina may start to atrophy. The only way to keep this from happening is to use them regularly. If there is no desire for penetration, try masturbation or outer-course as a different course of action. Extended foreplay can also set the mood, making the process easier. Without regular use, the muscles will lose their elasticity and tone, and sex will become uncomfortable and even painful. 

Medical Options

Luckily, menopause is not the end of orgasms. At The Charlotte Center for Pelvic Health, there are a few medical options to consider to keep your sex life going. The MonaLisa Touch can provide relief from vaginal atrophy, as well as urinary incontinence, dryness, bleeding, or sexual pain. This laser procedure may be the key to getting your sex life back on track. We also offer the Geneveve, which can help improve sexual satisfaction in just one treatment. Talk with your doctor today and get back to enjoying your orgasms during menopause. 

https://www.nwhn.org/strategies-for-staying-sexual-after-menopause/

https://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/sexual-problems-at-midlife/decreased-response-and-pleasure

https://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/frequently-asked-questions

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Dr. John Hettiarachchi, FACS FPMRS

Dr. John Hettiarachchi, FACS FPMRS