8.Creams can help with vaginal dryness.
Sources: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Source: , Associated Press
SEX AFTER MENOPAUSE
Many women find that going through menopause does not impact their sexlife. Some even find it even more exciting than ever because they are nolonger concerned about becoming pregnant. For many women, though,some of the physiological effects of menopause does impact their enjoymentof sex. It is important to understand that these effects can be treated, andsex after menopause can be very fulfilling and enjoyable.Symptoms of Menopause that Affect Sexual EnjoymentDuring menopause, there are certain physiological changes that caninterfere with the enjoyment of sex. Due to loss of estrogen, thesesymptoms include:*Hot flashes that can occur at any time, causing discomfort and irritability
* Night sweats that interfere with a woman's sleep, thereby decreasing her desire for sex
* Vaginal dryness* Vaginal dryness* Loss of androgens (including testosterone) that can lower a woman'ssex drive or libidoIt is likewise important to note that a woman's desire for sex can be affectedby other physical changes related more to aging than to menopause. Thesechanges may include:
* Decreased blood flow to the pelvis - ovaries no longer need as muchnourishment, and the reduced blood flow causes the vagina
to become smallerand less elastic* Walls of the vagina may become thin and tender, causing intercourse tobe very painful* Problems with urine leakage or increased urinary frequency due toweakening of pelvic muscle support