Loss of Libido
Loss of libido can be one of the most difficult symptoms of menopause to manage, often because a woman might not understand how and why she has lost the desire to be physically intimate with her partner. It is important to recognize that loss of libido during menopause is common, affecting as many as 20 to 40% of women.
Hormonal causes of loss of libido
During menopause, one of the most common identifiable causes of loss of libido is hormonal imbalance. Reductions in the levels of three major hormones can contribute to the reduction of sexual drive and energy.
Estrogen plays a vital role in female sexuality by increasing sensations, assisting in the production of vaginal lubrication, and maintaining the health of vaginal tissue.
As a woman approaches menopause, her body begins to produce less estrogen. This can cause a host of symptoms that can contribute to a woman’s loss of libido, such as hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods, and vaginal dryness.
Progesterone hormones are also integral to maintaining sexual health. When levels become too low during menopause, the resulting irregular periods, fatigue and other menopause symptoms can cause loss of libido.
As with estrogen, the body begins to produce lower levels of androgens (e.g. testosterone) with age. Experts believe that this drop in androgens can also cause women to experience loss of libido around the time of menopause.
Fortunately, loss of libido can easily be treated through a variety of methods. Often lifestyle changes such as a few modifications in diet and exercise patterns will not only help to treat loss of libido, but corresponding stress and anxiety as well. However, because the root of the problem for women going through menopause is a drop in hormone levels, the best way to treat this problem is to go directly to the hormonal source.
The Center of Health and Restoration has healthcare providers specifically trained to assist you in overcoming this symptom of menopause and many other symptoms, give us a call and let us help you help yourself.