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Does Menopause Affect Your Libido?

    A lower libido during menopause is due to decreased hormone levels in most cases. The drop in hormone levels can also lead to vaginal dryness and tightness which can cause pain during sex.

    This is another one that most women are not really going to be happy about: changes in sex drive. Slow sexual desire is very common in menopause. Sex drive or libido may decline at midlife for a variety of reasons. Loss of sex drive is extremely common but it is something that is not widely talked about.

    Diminished estrogen and testosterone or age-related changes in circulation may reduce blood flow to the genitals and cause a decrease in sensation. Vaginal dryness or thinning we mentioned can make intercourse painful. Women who have sleep problems may be too fatigued to be interested in sex. And if you’re hot flashing you, you may be sensitive to heat and do not want to be touched. Gone are the nice tender moments of cuddling. So, if you find your libidos going out the window, this is probably what’s going on.

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