Questions about menopause
Menopause is known for its many different hormonal changes. You might expect some of the menopause symptoms that come before or after this major change, while others will come as a surprise – and may even be a little embarrassing. Here are the most common questions people have about menopause symptoms with answers from top doctors.
I basically never want to have sex anymore. What gives?
This is a common complaint as women approach menopause, says gynaecologist Dr Jason James, “Hormonal changes can result in a drop in free testosterone, the hormone responsible for libido. This, coupled with physical changes and new life stressors can cause women to complain of a drop in or lack of desire for sexual intimacy,” he says. There are some medical options for treatment, but most solutions involve working together as a couple to ensure foreplay and intimacy are prioritised.
It feels like I can’t orgasm as easily anymore. What can I do about this?
This is a common issue for many menopausal women. Gynaecologist, Dr Steven A. Rabin, had a patient who ceased having orgasms altogether once she hit menopause. He shares, “It turns out she had severe [vaginal] atrophy. The thin, dry skin had shrunk so much it covered over her clitoris, a condition called clitoral phimosis. We were able to help with local oestrogen cream and after six weeks she was back to her old self.”