Menopause can be a difficult period of adjustment, both for the woman and for her partner. Several of the symptoms can impact directly on a relationship and depending on the severity, can cause complications. A low libido is one common symptom of this transitional period between reproductive and non-reproductive. In fact, it affects 20 to 40% of menopausal women. For a large number of these women they find it a disturbing and upsetting time because they can’t come to terms or understand why they don’t have an interest or desire to be sexually active with their partner. However, it doesn’t have to be this way.
Find out how to combat this menopausal symptom.
How to combat a low libido
If you want to combat your low libido and relight the passion in the bedroom, there are certain lifestyle changes you can make to achieve this. When you want to treat low libido or any other symptom in menopause, you have to start by rebalancing your hormones. When levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone fall, a woman’s sexual functions are affected, so rebalancing them or influencing the production of them will help to regain normal sexual activity. Here is how you can do this:
Make sure you exercise for at least half an hour daily because it is key to balancing hormones. Running, cycling, walking, and swimming are all excellent choices.
Try to combine stretching into your daily routine because it helps with relaxation and stress relief. Doing kegal exercises are also essential because they can strengthen the vaginal muscles, which will improve libido and sexual functioning.
Make sure you get a healthy and well balanced diet that combines all the main food groups. However, also try to increase your consumption of foods that are high in zinc (oysters, red meat, kidney beans), magnesium (leafy greens, almonds), protein (fish, dairy) and soy (tofu, soymilk).
Your libido will only get lower if you are stressed, so make sure you have some ‘you-time’. Take a bath with a good book, or even consider a weekly yoga class so that you can improve muscle strength and blood circulation at the same time as de-stressing.
Engage in more sexual activity
Although it might seem like a ridiculous suggestion, it is important in the quest for a higher libido. Engaging in more sexual activity, or even just intimate moments and special time with your partner is likely to make your body feel more prepared for sex. Rekindle the passion with movie nights, massage sessions, or long baths and expect more blood flow to the pelvic area.
Making lifestyle changes is the least invasive and risk-free way to combat your low libido and should always be the first place you start. However, there are alternative treatments for low libido, but you should always discuss these with your doctor before considering them because he/she has an opportunity to look at your medical history and give you the appropriate advice based on that.