A year after menstrual periods stop, you’re considered in menopause and your body will continue to go through several changes. The drop in estrogen levels can cause a number of changes such as trouble sleeping, loss (or gained) interest in sex, mood swings, weight gain and hot flashes just to name a few. However, a topic that’s hard for many women to talk about openly is how menopause affects the quality of their sex life and what can be done to alleviate some of the negative symptoms that occur.
In fact a 2016 study conducted by The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) found that 52% of the women respondents aged 40-72 years and older all of which were currently in a partnered relationship had not discussed any of their sexual concerns with their healthcare providers (click here to see the study). Even though most women surveyed agreed that sexual activity was important to their overall quality of life, this continues to be a difficult topic for women to bring up to their trusted healthcare provider, meaning many women suffer in silence.