Menopause is a natural part of getting older, mostly occurring between the ages of 45 and 55. During this time, oestrogen levels start to decline affecting your body – this can also include your libido.
Vaginal atrophy not only describes thinning of the walls but also drying and inflammation, according to the Mayo Clinic.
All of these changes can lead to discomfort during sex.
This problem can affect both menopausal and postmenopausal women.
Here are some things you can try to make sex more comfortable and get your libido back.
Try to use lubricant
If you feel discomfort or pain during sex, a lubricant may be the answer.
Lubricant can help with vaginal dryness, consequently making sex more comfortable.
You can use this when you are about to have sex to alleviate the pain, according to Mayo Clinic.
If a lubricant doesn’t sound like the right option for you, there are also other remedies available ranging from vaginal moisturisers and oestrogen creams.
When to see your GP
The NHS advises talking to your GP if your menopausal symptoms are troubling you.
If you’re experiencing sex problems, the NHS also lists a psychosexual therapist or sexual health services as options.
Some examples on the NHS website are:
- Relate – an online relationship support service with telephone and online counselling
- Sexual Advice Association – a sexual health charity with online factsheets about sex problems.