A lot of people are wondering if menopause is the last stage in a woman’s active sexual life. The answer is clear – certainly not.
Many people, including both men and women, are convinced that over time, when a woman enters menopause (the period when het fertile age is finished) her ability to enjoy sex is finished too. This of course is completely wrong. Furthermore, there are cases when women in this period of life enjoy sex even more because they are feeling more relaxed knowing that they should not worry about getting pregnant and because of the constant fear that someone might interrupt their sex act. Their children are probably grown and they’ve left the house a long time ago. Although there are some specific changes in the body of a woman in this period that may caused lower sex drive, those changes are not the only reason for low libido. This sex drive can be reduced because of some medications, diseases, and the level of stress that usually comes during this period and possibly because of the lowered self-confidence.
During menopause the body produces lower amounts of estrogen, female hormone and some people believe that this is the main reason for the decreased sex drive. However, many studies have shown that this is not the case. The main factors that cause decreased sex drive are actually linked with the attitude of some women toward their sexuality and their general health. The decline estrogen levels is certainly not the key factor for reduced sex drive and during these studies researchers have found out a really interesting fact – only women who expected that menopause will cause decreased sex drive after menopause feel that decreased sex drive. This means that this problem is linked with psychology too. If a woman has a positive attitude toward sexuality she certainly won’t notice the reduced production of estrogen in her body.
Many women during menopause start taking testosterone. This steroid hormone from the androgen group can be purchased only with prescription. With the help of testosterone women are able to ease some of the menopause symptoms like well known heat waves and night sweating. However, this is not the only benefit of using testosterone. Thanks to testosterone, women can increase their energy levels, improve their overall condition and most importantly increase their sex drive. But besides the positive effects taking testosterone brings some risks too. Probably the biggest danger is developing of breast cancer and although these cases are rare you should be careful with the dosage and follow the instructions.
Having all these things in mind, it’s not wrong to say that there is no general rule when it comes to menopause and sex drive. There is no proven link between menopause and decreased libido and most likely this is a consequence of some other factors and not the changes that occur in the body during menopause. Finally, there is no reason why women should not enjoy sex when they are mature.