How Declining Hormone Levels Impact Your Sex Drive After Menopause

The passage through menopause can affect your life in myriad ways, from sleep-robbing night sweats to declining bone health. In fact, the far-reaching effects of this precipitous drop in your hormone levels can also impact your sex drive. 

At Alabama UROGYN, our experienced team understands the consequences that menopause and declining hormone levels can bring to your sexual health, and we’re here to help.

Here’s a look at the role your hormones play in your sexual health and how we can work toward restoring your sex drive.

The hormonal effect

A woman’s life is dictated to a surprising degree by her hormones, which is witnessed by the incredible physical, mental, and emotional changes that come with fluctuating hormone levels. From your passage through puberty, through your reproductive years, and ending with the transition through menopause, your hormone levels are on a veritable roller-coaster ride, rising and falling according to your reproductive needs.

During each of these stages of your life, you may find that your sex drive tends to rise and fall in lockstep with your hormone levels, and this is no coincidence. The primary role of your reproductive hormones is to facilitate the creation of life, and to do this, they oversee several important areas of your health.

First, your estrogen hormones and progesterone are key to maintaining your vaginal health. These hormones ensure that your vaginal tissue is strong and lubricated to help ease intercourse and delivery. After your hormones begin to dry up after menopause, so, too, can your tissue. In fact, half of women between the ages of 51 and 50 report problems with vaginal dryness. 

In addition to the lack of lubrication, your tissue can thin, which leads to uncomfortable, if not painful, sex. Thinning tissue is a result of a lack of collagen, the structural protein responsible for elasticity and tone in your tissue. Just as the skin on your face can begin to thin, wrinkle, and sag, the tissue in your vagina experiences the same fate.

Between thinning tissue and lack of lubrication, intercourse isn’t the same, which can have a serious effect on your desire to have sex.

Rounding out the hormonal effect on your sexual health is a gradual drop in testosterone. While testosterone is the main driver of male characteristics in men, women produce the hormone in small amounts, as well. So when the production of this hormone begins to wane with age, your libido can drop as testosterone is tied to your sex drive.

Regaining your sex drive

If your quality of life is affected by a lower sex drive, we can help through hormone replacement therapy. As the name implies, we can bring your estrogen and/or progesterone levels back up to provide your vaginal tissue with the tools it needs for optimal function. This boost in your vaginal health should help with your sex drive as intercourse becomes more enjoyable again.

There are also some effective lifestyle changes that you can make that will help get you back into the mood. For example, a regular exercise regimen can help you regain energy, and it also keeps your resources flowing more freely.

The bottom line is that we’re here to help if your hormone levels are wreaking havoc on your sex life. Simply contact our office in Fairhope, Alabama to get started.

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