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As reported by numerous females, menopause, the final stage in the cycle of female

menstruation, contributes to a significant loss of libido. One of the more common


complaints from women (and their partners) is the loss of sexual desire and drive.

This absence disrupts the sexual lives of countless couples, and therapy is often
sought after as an answer to this problem. In the following paragraphs, we will
discuss causes, external factors such as physical pain that prevents sexual
intercourse, solutions for restoring estrogens, and life situations menopausal
women face that contribute to their hormonal causes for libido failure (i.e. body
image.)

The period before menopause is known as the pre- or perimenopause period when some
loss of libido occurs. The hormone called progesterone is responsible for this
downfall and is key to causing a resulting hormonal imbalance. Remember, the job
of hormones is to regulate certain processes in the body.

An insufficiency in hormones disrupts this balance and creates problems. Loss of


libido is not restricted to having a lack of sexual desire. Vaginal dryness and
discomfort can force women to avoid having sex altogether. Creams and gels are
used to combat this problem. The emotional changes associated with menopause can
also affect sexual desires, as women often feel overly aggressive, irritable, and
sometimes depressed - mental conditions that require peace time instead of ´hot
and heaviness.´

Estrogen is the primary sex hormone in a woman. As discussed earlier, a loss of


estrogen leads to a loss of sexual desire. Remember, women also produce
testosterone (in low levels), and testosterone is also responsible for promoting
sexual drive. Lack of energy and depression occur because of these decreased
levels, plummeting libido to close to non-existent.

In order to restore libido, hormone therapy is highly recommended. Doctors can


prescribe testosterone in a liquid form to keep you alert and increase what you've
lost. There are gels and creams (such as Alura) designed to directly stimulate the
clitoris. These creams often leave you with a tingling feeling that can help you
achieve multiple orgasms. There are over the counter medications out there that
combat loss of libido. There are progesterone creams with ¨bio-synthetic¨
qualities that restore safe amounts of progesterone in the body to increase sex
drive. There is also something called Phytoestrogen Cream that help balance the
levels of available amounts of estrogen in the body and provide homeostasis when
there are plummeting estrogen levels.

There are other things that affect menopausal women's´ level of libido. Not all
women have the same levels of sexual drive. For example, 65-year-old women who
have already undergone menopause are more likely to have less sexual desire than
49 year old women who has just finished the final stages of their menstruation..
However, there are products available that increase female sexual sensation in
women such as Zalestra Feminine Arousal Fluid.

Menopause also affects the way women look at themselves in terms of body.
Distorted views on body shape during menopause, when thought is greatly affected,
can also decrease the desire for sex. If a woman is taking medicine for depression
during this period, her libido can increase more than someone off the drug.
Outside factors such as work-related stress, can also determine libido levels in a
woman and usually require a shift in perspective to regain balance. In a lot of
ways, menopause is a reshaping of who we are and what we want out of life.

The information in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not
intended as medical advice.