Is Post Menopause Arousal a Myth?
After experiencing menopause, women can sometimes believe they are no longer able to be intimate. They can also sometimes believe that it is their age that stops them from enjoying being intimate with their partner. It is not only possible but highly probable to experience arousal during and long after a woman has gone through menopause.
The experience of menopause shouldn’t have to put a pause on your continuing sex life. Intimacy can get better as you age, just as a fine wine could. Women can sometimes lose interest or even overall confidence after reaching menopause, but it is important to talk to your physician and partner about your feelings toward sex, and physical symptoms surrounding that.
Causes of Sexual Decline
The majority of women experience some of the physical effects of menopause. According to specialists on women’s health, menopause’s physical effects on the body can contribute to lack of any sexual motivation or even a lack of feeling confidence.
Physical effects of menopause are due to a decline in the sex hormones including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. These hormonal changes cause many symptoms including night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, vaginal atrophy, poor sleep, mood changes, and loss of energy. Vaginal atrophy and dryness causes pain and discomfort during sexual intercourse affecting intimate relationships. The hormone changes also often decrease libido and the desire to partake in sexual activities.
The changes listed above can adversely affect your mental health. Experiencing changes brought on by menopause can cloud one’s confidence. Having a lower amount of sex can adversely affect ones health, and sometimes lack of intimacy could weaken ones relationship.
Tips for Arousal
Sexual desire is considered a natural trait for women, and feeling aroused isn’t only for the young. Your sex drive can tend to drop after childbearing years and menopause could make that more difficult. Sexual arousal naturally causes increased blood flow into the sexual organs, and there are ways to restore the health and blood flow of the vaginal tissue after menopause, to help with sensation and function.
These tips could make you more confident in the bedroom at any stage in your life. Here are tips for achieving arousal after experiencing menopause.
Start by Expressing your Feelings
This may be a subject you do not particularly want to talk about, however it is better to open up about your feelings. Talk to a healthcare provider or partner and try to address any of your concerns. Getting therapy can help enlighten any of your sexual desires and help feelings of relaxation with your partner. If you do not feel arousal during sex you should talk to your partner and see how both of you may make the experience more intimate and enjoyable, and being honest is best in this kind of situation.
If you struggle with intimacy due to emotional conflict consider whether something in your life keeps you from desiring to have sex. Stress as well as any of the above mentioned post-menopausal symptoms can create negative barriers to intimacy with your partner. Expressing your symptoms and feelings is an essential starting point to regain sexual arousal and function.
As you age it’s important to remain active. Some women may gain weight after either childbirth or menopause and this can affect their body image, or self-confidence. An active lifestyle not only helps maintain a healthy body weight but also reduces overall stress and improves overall mental well being.
Just like regular muscles without exercises, sexual organs can lose capacity if not used as often. Engaging in regular sexual activity helps maintain the health of the sexual organs.
Vaginal Symptoms Post-Menopause
Women sometimes experience a level of dryness in the vagina which causes pain or discomfort during sex. Although vaginal lubricants may be effective, often the atrophy of the vaginal tissue needs treatments that will restore the health of the vaginal wall in order to relieve the symptoms.
Treatments include the following:
- Optimizing hormonal balance with bio-identical hormone replacement
- Restoring blood flow and sensation to the clitoral vaginal complex using low intensity shockwave therapy (Alma Duo) improving ability to orgasm.
- Rejuvenating the vaginal wall using CO2 laser to improve tissue thickness, vaginal lubrication, and tightening (Femilift).
- Naturally revitalizing the vaginal and clitoral tissue with local injection of your own platelet rich plasma (PRP) causing improvement of sensation, lubrication, and natural function.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment
This treatment is also known as the O-shot in women (Orgasm Shot), and it involves the injection of your own concentrated plasma into the clitoral vaginal tissue. These naturally healing PRP treatments restore the vaginal tissue making it healthier therefore causing more vaginal wall thickness, improved sensation, and lubrication. As a result this treatment eliminates the discomfort during sexual intercourse.
Femilift treatment uses CO2 laser to rejuvenate the vaginal wall causing increase in collagen and elasticity of the tissue. Femilift can treat the following symptoms after menopause:
- Pain experienced during intercourse
- Stress urinary incontinence, with laugh, cough, and exercise
- Vaginal laxity which is loss of tone inside the vagina
- Poor vaginal lubrication during intercourse
- Vaginal wall atrophy, which is thinning of the vagina causing micro tears during intercourse
Femilift is painless, has little downtime, and you may feel improvement after one treatment, although usually a series of 3 treatments is recommended.
Alma Duo uses low Intensity shock wave therapy to treat the root cause of lowered sensitivity and orgasmic function. Alma Duo delivers painless shock waves to the clitoral and vaginal tissue, and this causes formation of new blood vessels increasing blood flow to the vaginal and clitoral tissue. This neo-vascularization (formation of new blood vessels) heals the tissue back to a more vital state. As a result sexual sensation, and tissue engorgement, are increased both of which optimize the sexual experience.
Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
Hormonal changes after menopause can cause vaginal changes that lead to painful sex. As a result optimizing your hormones will improve the vaginal symptoms.
Not only will hormone optimization improve vaginal wall thickness and lubrication, therefore relieving painful sex, it will also revitalize your libido.
BHRT pellets are the most effective hormone replacement therapy. Pellets give steady hormone levels leading to consistent relief of symptoms. You need one insertion every three to four months.
What to do Next
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Menopause can dampen sex life but not if you don’t let it. Take charge of your sexual wellness and live an overall healthier life. If you would like to learn more about any of the possible treatments contact Allurant Medical today.