Sex can be a pleasurable and healthy experience for any woman regardless of age, stage of life or physical abilities. The choice to abstain from sex is also normal and healthy. Women do go through physical changes after menopause that can affect how they feel about sex. These changes can be positive for many women.
The loss of estrogen following menopause can lead to changes in a woman’s sexual functioning.
Menopausal and postmenopausal women may notice that they are not as easily aroused, and may be less sensitive to touching and stroking — which can result in decreased interest in sex.
In addition, lower levels of estrogen can cause a decrease in blood supply to the vagina. This decreased blood flow can affect vaginal lubrication, causing the vagina to be too dry for comfortable intercourse. A lower estrogen level is not the only culprit behind a decreased libido; there are numerous other factors that may influence a woman’s interest in sex after menopause and during that.
Some of the benefits of sex after menopause can include:
Â· Freedom from pain from conditions such as endometriosis and fibroids. Some women who have experienced pain during sex due to endometriosis or fibroids find that menopause brings relief from these conditions and they can enjoy sex more.
Â· Freedom for heterosexual women from worries about birth control and unplanned pregnancy.
Â· More privacy and time for sex for parents when children are older.
Does menopause mean that sex is no longer an important or desired part of life? No! Sex after menopause is quite common urge. Countless numbers of both genders believe that menopause means less sexual desire; however, that is not necessarily true. In fact, sex after menopause is often as enjoyable, sometimes even more enjoyable than before menopause. Since you no longer face any threat of pregnancy and your children have grown up, or at least are almost grown, you and your spouse are finally alone for what is, many times, the first time since you married. So, go ahead and enjoy your opportunity to have the best sex of your life!
It’s true that “the change” will bring about physiological changes — vaginal dryness, anyone? — That may affect your sex life and affect sex after menopause. What’s not true is the myth that your sex life will come to an end. In fact, 70 to 80 percent of women do not experience a reduction in sexual activity or satisfaction after menopause.
There are three main reasons for sex after menopause.
1. After the ‘change’ women are glad to be able to quit worrying about contraception.
2. By the time they reach 50 or so, a lot of women have gained a great deal of lovemaking experience and skill.
3. Very often, they now have partners who actually know what they’re doing in bed! (Though of course, a few postmenopausal women – notably certain film stars – decide to take ‘toy boys’ as lovers.)