Menopause can cause a loss of libido, and can decrease a woman’s desire for sexual intimacy.
Some women say it takes longer to become aroused and experience orgasm during and after menopause. The loss of desire and libido may be directly related to lower levels of the hormones oestrogen, progesterone, or testosterone. Vaginal dryness and pain may further increase the problem.
Changes in libido may not only be the result of menopausal symptoms. Breast cancer and its treatment can influence a woman’s overall sense of femininity and sexuality. This can happen to any woman, whether or not she has a partner.
What can help manage effects on sexuality and libido?
There are a range of practical and lifestyle remedies that can help manage some of the effects of early menopause on sexuality and libido, including managing vaginal dryness.