Christian Northrup, a physician and writer recommends that menopause is to be used as a time to explore sources of pleasure and joy, fill yourself with positive thoughts, love yourself and revive your sex life.
“It is getting so, hot in here. No, it’s a hot flash. Oh dear, dryness again! Sorry, love”
Hot flashes and vaginal dryness are common symptoms during menopause and can definitely affect ones intimacy. Menopause is known as the point in a woman’s life where her menstrual periods have stopped, she is no longer fertile and cannot become pregnant.
The process of Menopause does not happen overnight and there is no set way to predict when a woman will start menopause or begin having symptoms suggestive of menopause.
But, it is said that some physical symptoms may include abnormal vaginal bleeding, hot flashes, mood changes, fatigue, stress, tiredness, vaginal itching and vaginal dryness.
These symptoms vary from lady to lady as we are all different, and therefore, treatments for menopause are customised for each individual woman by their doctor, to alleviate the uncomfortable or distressing symptoms.
The majority of menopausal women find that vaginal dryness is a great concern and can cause a large amount of discomfort, especially during sex. As oestrogen levels begin to lower, it can lead to a decreased blood blow to the vagina resulting in the lining tissue of the vagina to become thinner, less elastic and drier. With the decrease and difficulty to self-lubricate the woman may experience vaginal itching, irritation and dryness which my lead to pain during sexual intercourse and an increased risk of vaginal infections.
The vagina may feel tight, labia red and sore, and just an overall unpleasantness. Many women will reach for moisturising agents such as creams, lotions, gels or lubricants during sex to relieve discomfort from the dryness even though they will be left with a sticky mess.
As all women will reach menopause sometime during their wonderful life time, it does not mean that she should have a less pleasurable sexual experience. Natural moisture of the vagina will become less, but sex does not have to be painful or ruled out of your life. Make time for foreplay, become aroused and don’t just focus on the final act.
Take time to caress yourself or your partner, visit lost avenues and play around. Have more sex lady. It is true when it comes to your sexual health well-being that you should use it instead of losing it. Being aroused improves blood flow. So, when you have more sex you may be less dry…
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