World Menopause Day is held each year on October 18 to raise awareness of midlife women’s health. The 2018 awareness campaign concentrates on sexual well-being after menopause. The noted gynecologist from Rupal Hospital / Vama Wellness Centre for women Dr. Rupal Nirav Shah tells us how to be positive about sexual well-being after menopause.
She believes sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality. After menopause, it is not uncommon for women to experience sexual problems which can severely impair their relationships, mental health, social functioning and overall quality of life. The good news is that it is treatable.
Causes Of Sexual Dysfunction
Some causes of sexual dysfunction include poor physical or psychological health, a poor relationship, previous negative sexual experiences, side effects of common medications, depression, anxiety and negative pressure from cultural and social values. When psychological influences underpin sexual dysfunction, improvement is unlikely without supportive counseling. Diabetes can be a cause of sexual dysfunction too.
Treatments for Sexual Dysfunction
Attending sexual counseling with your partner can allow you both to become aware of each other’s needs and discover sexual options which may be more comfortable (psychologically and physically). Most couples who have used sexual counseling together have found that it has improved their sex life. Depending on the sexual problem, psychotherapy may be used alone or in conjunction with medical treatments. One should speak to their gynecologist/menopause specialist when they have vaginal dryness, painful sex, hot flushes and sweats causing sleep deprivation, and recent onset anxiety and low mood. These symptoms affect overall wellbeing and interest in sex. Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) is available in a number of different doses and formulations (such as patches, tablets, creams, and gels) and for many women, the benefits outweigh the risks.
Sexual problems experienced by women include:
• Low interest in sexual activity (low libido)
• Lessened ability to become aroused (vaginal dryness)
• Difficulty achieving orgasm or absent orgasm
• Painful intercourse (dyspareunia).
Tips for achieving sexual well-being after menopause
• Communicate with your partner openly.
• Make sure you visit a concerned health care professional if you face any other health conditions which lead to sexual problems
• Speak to your healthcare professional about treatment options suitable for you
• Be active, have quality sleep and maintain healthy eating patterns
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