Woman’s health is complex and is, increasingly, a growing concern. As they age many women suffer from a sharp decrease in sexual function. Menstrual problems or issues related to menopause need to be dealt with effectively. Women usually experience menopause between the ages of 45 to 55; and this natural process of aging is marked by a decline in the production of estrogen, testosterone (women produce testosterone but in far lower levels than men and it is VITAL to the correct functioning of a woman’s body), progesterone and other hormones.
Though menopause is usually divided into two main stages i.e. pre-menopause and post-menopause, it is more precisely divided into four different stages starting with pre-menopause (before-menopause), progressing to peri-menopause (early-menopause), menopause and ending at post-menopause (after-menopause). While the pre-menopausal stage is the fertile or reproductive stage of a woman’s life, peri-menopause refers to the time just before menopause and continues for 12 months after the final menstrual period. Menopause marks the final termination of the menstrual cycle and fertility; followed by post-menopause.
Sexual drive in a woman can drop to very low levels during menopause and persist throughout the rest of her life. Your decreased libido is caused by a decline in your production of the human sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Each of these plays a significant role in enhancing your libido and sexual desire. While estrogen heightens sensitivity during intercourse, progesterone maintains your libido and testosterone plays a vital part in both women and men’s sexual functions.
During peri-menopause, a woman may experience a variety of symptoms more commonly linked to menopause. These can include:
- night sweats,
- hot flashes/flushes,
- mood swings,
- hair loss,
- weight gain and
- reduced or no libido.
More options are available to women who wish to get rid of these irritating and annoying symptoms. Many treatments, including creams, gels and lubricants, have been created especially for women with low libido and have consequently been found to help women achieve more enjoyable intercourse.
There are also natural ways to replace lost hormones such as plant pseudo-estrogens and herbal remedies that are available over the counter, in addition to bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT – not to be confused with HRT which involves the use of synthetic hormones).
BHRT is usually prescribed in the case of pre-menopausal women and those who have had a hysterectomy, or are otherwise surgically sterile but this is NOT always the case as some women need BHRT when they are not menopausal in any way. The most common hormones replaced are estrogens and progesterone (not to be confused with progestins which are ALL synthetic preparations which are dangerous); sometimes testosterone is added to treat lower libido, improve energy and prevent osteoporosis.
These products are helpful to women who are working to improving their sexual health. Besides prescribed hormones, there are natural supplements that not only enhance libido in women, but also relieve them of other symptoms caused by menopause.
But if you feel there is a problem that you think has a deeper cause you might want to check to see if you are suffering from hormonal imbalance, which is the most common medically related issue when it comes to loss of libido.
Please visit our hormone for women information page to see what is on offer.