Most common mistakes about sex in menopause
Menopause can mean many changes, and can sometimes affect sexual desire and function.
But unlike what many people think, menopause does not have to signal the end of an exciting sex life.
Know the reality about some of the biggest myths about menopause and sex.
1. Menopause leads to loss of libido
It is true that menopause can cause sexual desire to decrease, or even disappear, but this it's not always like that.
Some women notice little change. Even in many women there is an increase in their sexual desire.
The experience of menopause is very individual.
2. If you don't have sex, vaginal health is not important
Vaginal health it is not only linked to sex.
Even if you are not currently sexually active, you need to take care of your vagina.
You should not stop visiting your gynecologist regularly
3. Your partner won't understand
It is true that it may be difficult for your partner to understand that sexual desire has dropped suddenly. You may feel rejected or that you are no longer attracted.
Here one of the key points is dialogue. Explain to your partner how you feel, and that it is not something that happens only to you.
4. Sex will always be painful
Fortunately, this it's not like that.
There are many ways to remedy this: lubricants, vaginal dilators, hormone therapy, and even laser treatments to renew the vaginal lining.
5. Sex drive disappears forever
Even for those women who have suddenly lost all their sex drive, the good news is that over time, and with some dedication, you can get it back.
6. Hormone replacement therapy is always the solution
It is not always valid for all women.
To try to improve your menopause symptoms, a good rule of thumb is to seek the least invasive treatment with the fewest side effects.
7. Sexual intimacy = intercourse
Sex is not just limited to intercourse.
If you experience pain during penetration, there are alternative ways to maintain sexual intimacy: oral sex, caresses, hugs and kisses, which can help you maintain intimacy within your relationship.
The greatest myth of all
Menopause doesn't mean your sex life should end.
- Allow time for remedies to work
- Have an open conversation with your partner
- If you experience severe pain and discomfort, talk to your doctor.
- And most importantly, be patient with yourself.
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