Sexual Challenges For Women Over Forty
One of the greatest contributions of the millennium is putting a spotlight on women’s sexuality, thereby empowering them to enjoy it to the max, boldly and fearlessly. So naturally, I’m not surprised to see a constant stream of women in my practice, who yearn to get that pleasurable, liberating feeling back, once they run into challenges during perimenopause and menopause. So what’s the deal there?
During perimenopause (generally between 40-50 years of age), women experience hormonal fluctuations – their estrogen levels go up and down, and their progesterone levels start to plummet, much like they do with PMS. As a result, they can start to lose some of the nurturing feelings that are associated with progesterone, and the estrogen dominance can cause some level of depression in one out of three women, who haven’t experienced a mood disorder prior to that.
During menopause (generally between 50-60+), women’s estrogen levels also start to decline, along with the other sex hormone – androgen – resulting in the following issues:
- Loss of Libido: A decline in “sex hormones” causes a loss of libido in some women, to varying degrees.
- Vaginal Dryness: Low estrogen levels cause low blood flow to the vagina, resulting in vaginal dryness, which causes discomfort in many women.
- Vaginal Atrophy: The vaginal walls start to thin out, making them more fragile, and intercourse more uncomfortable. Beyond that, women also end up needing more stimulation, to obtain the same level of arousal as before.
Once you add all these symptoms together, sex becomes more challenging, both on desire, as well as comfort. So I would suggest that women try products that are available to them like K-Y® lubricants. K-Y has a versatile range of intimacy products that are the #1 most trusted by couples and professionals.
K-YJELLY for instance, can be used to counteract dryness, which can be applied as part of foreplay to create arousal; especially when low libido is also an issue – hormonal changes can cause a flip-flop between arousal and desire, within the normal sexual response cycle. Many women start to enjoy sex all the more, not to mention, the kids are often gone, so there is more privacy and free time – time which can be used to prolong foreplay, allowing for greater stimulation … a win, win! K-Y products can be used regularly and can provide instant lubrication when you need it. So ladies, start your engines, and enjoy the slick journey ahead of you!
Although this post has been generously sponsored by K-Y Canada, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect opinions of the K-Y Canada brand or the Reckitt Benckiser Group of Companies.