There’s a myth that because you’re going through the menopause, that your sex life is over, but this does not have to be the case. If you want to enjoy the pleasure that is available to you in your body, either alone or with a partner, it is all still there after the menopause.
While some of the hormonal changes of menopause may change the way you experience sex and your body, there’s lots you can do to create a happy and pleasurable sex life that feels right for you.
Since Menopaus’ull began, we have made it our mission to open the doors to all conversations regarding the menopause especially on intimacy. We have held a series of webinars talking about this subject including intimacy with your partners, vaginal health and reigniting your desires.
During the month of February, especially with Valentines just around the corner, we wanted to bring some top tips to help you on your way to addressing any issues you may be experiencing during the menopause.
Top Tip No 1
Communicate with your partner – sounds simple right? Sometimes we may feel embarrassed to talk openly with our loved ones on the way we are feeling, however, having these frank and honest conversations can really help you work through some of the challenges you might be experiencing.
Think about the kind of sex life that you want. Having sex because you feel like you have to is not likely to result in a satisfying experience for you or any partners you have.
A meaningful sex life does not have to look a certain way. Exploring and learning about what feels pleasurable for you at this time in your life can be fun and you get to decide what you want to experience in your body.
Top Tip No 2
Intimacy doesn’t have to mean sex – Simply being affectionate can be a good way of helping you feel connected to your body and close to your partner. Agreeing to only kiss and touch each other can take the pressure off. Enjoy being in each others company, go on date nights or do things you both enjoy, laugh out loud together, these moments will reignite your desires and naturally bring intimacy back into your relationship.
Top Tip No 3
Look after your vaginal health – All women experience menopause differently, and many women experience vaginal dryness or discomfort. A must for all women is to look after their vaginal health. This can include moisturising the vulva area on a daily basis, using lubricants before sex, attend routine smear screening appointments and making sure you seek medical advice if you have any concerns.
Below you will find four of our previous webinars delivered by Dr Angela Wright, please view them at your leisure.