Updated: Aug 23
This article was written for AwesomeWoman.com
No more pregnancy scares, kids walking in, or unexpected period surprises—your post-menopause sex life should be wild and carefree. Yasss-new stages, new pleasures! Everyone, no matter their age, deserves a satisfying sex life.
If it isn’t up to snuff, it may be because of the hormones and changes in your body and life. This doesn’t mean the end—oh, no friend—just the start of exploring a new stage.
This could be a time of reinventing yourself. Perhaps you are retiring from decades of thriving at one company or you are an empty nester in a weirdly quiet house. On top of all that, your hormones are redefining themselves. Your estrogen also retired, causing all sorts of discomfort and new feelings. Your vagina feels desert dry and your libido has left the building.
Wait, what is going on? These are all totally normal symptoms of post-menopausal life—but they don’t have to be. Below are 5 tips to get you feeling on top again.
Give your hormones extra attention: Some of your hormones dramatically after menopause, but hormone therapy can help bring them and you back up. Talk to an AW provider about bioidentical hormone options. When your hormones are balanced—you are balanced, your vagina is happy, and the risk for dozens of diseases goes down.
Lube it up: A dry vagina can lead to painful sex, but some lube love works great in the heat of the moment.
Know your vagina: Take a vaginal microbiome test to know what is really going on down there. As Maya Angelou says, once you know better, you can do better.
Get physical - in more ways than one: There are endless ways to experience romantic intimacy, it isn’t only about direct intercourse. Explore new paths with your partner(s). Exercise is also a great way to feel sexy again, it pumps you with euphoric endorphins, makes you feel hot and sweaty (literally), and helps your body feel flexible and strong.
Be your arousal assistant: Vibrators, wine, body massage oils, sex toys...it is time to do some hands-on research.
You don’t have to accept the old tale that your hormones and sex drive will drop post-menopause. AW is here to help you live the fulfilling and healthy life you want, no matter how many candles are on your cake. Let’s celebrate you every day and always be giving the gift of health!