Our libido can sometimes dissipate during the menopause due to psychological and physical factors, often putting a strain on our relationships. In this page, our menopause expert Eileen Durward talks about the loss of libido during the menopause and how it can be gradually increased by using natural remedies.
There is a range of reasons for loss of libido, ranging from the side-effect of medicines to high levels of stress. However, during the menopause, hormonal changes are often the main contributor towards loss of libido.
Oestrogen is the main female hormone. It allows the walls of the vagina to be healthy and lubricated. When the levels of oestrogen decrease, the vagina walls can become dry and irritated. This can make sexual intercourse painful. However, lowered levels of oestrogen also result in hot flushes and night sweats, which can make a woman feel less attractive with consequent effects on libido.
Progesterone and testosterone also play an important role in libido levels. Testosterone is the main hormone for causing sexual desire. Progesterone stimulates the production of this hormone. However, during the menopause, levels of progesterone also reduce, resulting in loss of libido.
Many women find that simple home remedies offer all they need to increase their libido:
Regular aerobic exercise – this helps increase a woman’s stamina and strength. Often exercising regularly can also make you feel better about your image, boosting your libido
Spend time with your partner – if you lose intimacy with your partner, your sexual desire will naturally reduce. It is important that you can communicate well with your partner to increase your emotional bond
Stress less – while this is easier said than done, stressing has a negative impact on libido. If you feel that stress is at the root of the problem, tackling this will increase your libido levels
Add to your diet – certain foods are thought to increase libido, including magnesium-containing foods, soy and protein.
Loss of libido can be complex to deal with because of the overlying psychological causes.
If your symptom is associated with other symptoms of the menopause such as tiredness or memory lapses, use a supplement containing isoflavones. Soya beans are rich in this substance and the best supplements are made from fermented soy. Isoflavones are known as phytoestrogens as they mimic the action of oestrogens normal produced by the body.
If you have tried home and herbal remedies, but feel little improvement in your libido, then it may be worth seeking medical advice for your symptom. Your doctor may be able to prescribe treatment to boost libido. Many of these will be hormone-based treatments such as HRT, as it is a hormone imbalance at the root of the problem.
If your loss of libido is a side-effect of some other medication you are taking, your doctor may be able to work with you to find an alternative. If you are worried about your condition, it is also important to seek medical advice.
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Hello lovely ladies, my name is Eileen and I have worked in the Education Department at A.Vogel for over 18 years, lecturing and advising on many health concerns via the Helpline, including the menopause and its dreaded symptoms.
My own personal experience of going through the menopause (and surviving it), which I regularly blog about, as well as that of hundreds of menopause women who ring the helpline or email me every day, allows me to offer my guidance, advice and sometimes just a much needed shoulder to cry on, to menopausal women all over the world.
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Menopause support – Soy Isoflavones for all stages of the menopause
You won’t get the menopause the minute you turn 50! The average starting age is actually between 45 and 55 and it can often depend on a number of factors including hereditary, weight and health, however every single woman will have an individual menopause.