Menopause is that time in the life of a woman when she no longer has the ability to reproduce. This usually occurs around the age of 50 years when a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle stops. When you come to this point in your life, there are a number of physiological and psychological changes. Many of these are due to an imbalance in the hormonal environment of your body. You may experience hot flashes, mood swings, abdominal pain, breast tenderness, depression, etc.
In association with the symptoms mentioned above, there is a change in the sex life of a woman as well. You may experience pain during sexual intercourse due to dryness and tightness of the vagina. In the absence of normal hormonal surge, the vagina loses its moisture which causes pain during sex. These hormones are responsible for keeping the lining of the vagina healthy and lubricated. With the dry and tightened vagina, there is tearing of the vaginal tissues during sex that may cause extreme pain.
Effect on sexual life
In a study conducted in North America, it has been found that painful sex drastically changes the sex life of most of the women. It decreases sexual desire (libido) in women and some shy away from their partners. Pain and emotional instability both play their part in lowering libido. This results in about 75% of women avoiding sex.
How to tackle this?
It is important for you to understand that no problem comes without a solution, some are more difficult to achieve than the others. As far as painful sex is concerned, it can be treated by using vaginal moisturizers and lubricants, vaginal estrogen and oral medicines. With this treatment, the sex life of many a post-menopausal women has changed and has come back to normal. In many cases, this change can give them a more optimistic view about their sex life in the future.