Does perimenopause make you hornier?

Perimenopause, the period preceding menopause, can be a time of great change for women. But one question that often comes up is whether this phase of life makes women more sexually active or interested in sex. Let’s explore this topic and see what we can find out!

What Is Perimenopause?

Before we dive into the specifics of perimenopause and sex drive, let’s define what exactly perimenopause is.

Perimenopause is the transition period before menopause when a woman’s body begins to produce less estrogen. It typically starts in a woman’s 40s but can occur earlier or later, and lasts until menopause – the point at which menstruation stops entirely.

During perimenopause, you may experience hot flashes, mood swings, irregular periods (or missed periods), insomnia or other sleep disturbances – all loads of fun stuff!

So… Does Periomenopausal Behaviour Affect Sex Drive?

Now onto the main event: does permenopausal behaviour affect your sex drive?

The short answer is yes: many women report heightened sexual desire during their peri-menopausal years – hooray ladies! There are several potential causes for this increased libido:

Hormone fluctuations

As previously mentioned hormone levels fluctuate during permi-menpause with estrogen falling steadily over time while progesterone production remains stable leading to an hormonal imbalance that could lead to constant horniness.

Reduced fertility fears

Fear surrounding infertility also reduces since childbearing risks decrease making intercourse adventurous without worrying about getting pregnant or not.

Increased confidence

As we age and become more experienced, our confidence increases which leads us to feel more comfortable communicating about desired needs leading ultimately to better intimacy moments.

But Wait…

Although increased libido tends to be reported post-peri-menapause onset – it has been observed by researchers that it lasts for a brief period initially, then tend to drop by the latter part of peri-menopause.

Vaginal Dryness The Nemesis

Notice how I made ‘vaginal dryness’ it’s own subsection? Yes, it deserves the extra attention. The missing hormone estrogen is directly responsible for keeping your vaginal tissues moist , leading to any number of issues like itching & discharge during menopause . This can decrease sex drive significantly and may make certain positions or intercourse painful.

Can You Do Anything About It?

Now we know what’s going on but alas, porn isn’t always the answer (for once). So is there anything you can do about decreased libido during perimenopause? Of course!

Speak with your physician

There are many Hormone Replacement Therapies that simulate natural hormonal imbalances to manage symptoms related to perimenopause without compromising sexual performance. Be informed though as HRT has been said/suggested to increase chances of cancerous developments which could further complicate things if not needed in healthy doses.

Personal lubricant – A godsent

If vaginal dryness starts interfering with intimacy; using over-the-counter personal lubricants such as KY Jelly provides relief from discomfort experienced during sex. Always read instructions closely!

Manage stress

Stress kills mood all day every day so managing yourself appropriately works wonders in ensuring optimal functionality in emotions and hormones.

A combination of these methods and excellent communication will go a long way toward maintaining good sexual health throughout menopause.

Peri-menopausal horniness remains understudied regardless providing an exciting possibility for exploring additional research opportunities on this area.Therefore, while some women may experience increased libido due to greater self-assurance/fewer childbearing worries/ongoing hormone fluctuations others still face bothersome symptoms linked with reduced estrogens- particularly vaginal dryness. However our sexuality doesn’t have to exit as well- it’s important we all talk about any symptoms experienced during this period amongst ourselves, our physicians or care providers with regards to better management and happy intercourse 🙂

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