Sex drive can decrease as women age. Stress and life changes don’t really put one in the mood. It seems that challenges become more frequent as the years pass.
Some women have less sex because they lack partners. Others have partners who lack interest or are physically unable. Bladder leaks and frequent urination urges also become a factor in diminished sexual activity. Discomfort from hormonal changes is a significant reason for less intercourse.
Genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) is a collection of symptoms experienced by some women in perimenopause or menopause. The GSM moniker makes it easier to communicate with physicians about these specific issues. A combination of symptoms that comprise GSM include vaginal dryness, pain, irritation, lack of lubrication during intercourse and bladder control issues. Multiple symptoms from this list that are related to menopause fall under the GSM diagnosis.
Your physician can work with you to address GSM and other reasons sex is on the back burner.
Sexuality is important for intimacy. You’re never too old to get frisky.
Listen as Dr. Kristin Bendikson joins Dr. Pamela Peeke to share what might reduce an aging woman’s sexual activity.
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