The menopause can have a huge impact on women’s day-to-day lives – at home, at work and unfortunately, even in the bedroom.
Some women go off the idea of sex all together, whereas some suffer from vaginal dryness which can make sex painful and unpleasant.
Although the majority of women going through the menopause will experience some impact on their sex life, it doesn’t need to mean the end of intimacy with partners. Here we share some of our top tips on enjoying a healthy love life during the menopause and beyond.
Talk to your partner about the menopause
If they don’t know what you’re experiencing and how you’re feeling, then there is a chance your partner could feel like the problems are a reflection of your current relationship, and no one wants to make their loved one feel like that. Be open and honest so you can work out how to address these issues together. You may be embarrassed at first but you’ll soon realise there is nothing to worry about – your partner will only want to help.
Try new things
Whether you’re with a lifelong partner or exploring a new relationship this change in your body could be the perfect excuse to try new things. If you’ve lost your libido then look into ways of reigniting that spark – either with romantic dates or perhaps even a change in diet. Did you know broccoli, figs and watermelon can all help? And don’t be afraid to try new things in the bedroom. If vaginal dryness is making sex painful and uncomfortable then look at other ways to be passionate between the sheets.
Use a lubricant
Vaginal dryness is one of the main reasons women go off sex during the menopause, so introducing a lubricant into your sex life could help bring the spark back. There are a number of brands that specialise in lubricants specifically for menopausal women, so don’t be afraid to give them a try.
Get some confidence
With a loss of libido, mood swings and hot flushes, the chances are you don’t feel at your sexiest during the menopause, but chances are the partner in your life is still hugely attracted to you. So make sure you make time for you and do something that you know will give you a confidence boost – whether that’s getting your hair and nails done, a new outfit or sexy lingerie. Giving yourself that je ne sais quoi back will make you feel better and could improve the relationship between you and your partner.