Sexual activity is a natural function of the human body, and it is one of the keys to a woman’s overall health and well-being. Unfortunately, many women feel awkward discussing their sexuality. They find it hard to discuss the changes in their bodies, vitality and sexual desire. Understanding these changes and feelings are important, however; it can help women feel happier, healthier and more alive.
During the biggest changes in a woman’s life — the postnatal months, perimenopause and menopause — the female sex hormones fluctuate and lose their natural balance. This is when many women experience problems like fatigue, mood swings, insomnia, weight gain and low libido. They often feel like strangers in their own bodies, and their sexuality usually suffers.
As the lives of women change and evolve through the years, so does their sexuality. While some are obsessed with holding on to their youth, those who learn to welcome the changes often find more opportunities for pleasure and fulfillment. They are able to create a sex life that suits them and it is often much better than before.
Changes that Affect Libido
Many physical and emotional factors affect women’s libido. Hormonal imbalances cause fatigue, insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and other unpleasant symptoms that make life miserable and sex less desirable. These changes can make women feel older than their age and not very sexy.
Vaginal changes have a particular impact on a woman’s sexual desire. Vaginal thinning, tightening, atrophy and dryness often causes itching, soreness, frequent urination and painful intercourse. Diminishing estrogen levels cause these genital-urinary changes. Many women suffer to the point that they give up sex altogether.
Addressing the physical issues is the first step to restoring a woman’s sexual desire. However, women cannot overlook their emotional needs during their biggest times of change. Financial pressures, work demands, relationship problems and other stresses can take a toll on a woman’s emotional and sexual health.
Low Libido Solutions
Fortunately, many treatments are available for vaginal dryness and the other physical problems associated with low estrogen levels. Vitamin E suppositories, over-the-counter lubricants and topical creams soothe the vaginal tissues and reduce friction during sexual intercourse. Some women opt for hormone replacement therapy (HRT); for others, a low-dose estrogen cream is a safe and effective alternative.
Stress management is crucial for women who experience stress, anxiety and depression. Regular exercise is a healthy, natural way to manage stress, and healthy eating also plays an important role. Many women benefit from yoga, t’ai chi, meditation, breathing exercises, self-hypnosis and other relaxation techniques.
Some women may require prescription medications like anti-anxiety or antidepressant drugs to treat their conditions. Those who practice an all-natural lifestyle may prefer nutritional supplements and herbal remedies. No matter the treatment, a lift in mood usually causes a boost in libido.