Menopause and Sexuality
While menopause marks the end of a woman's reproductive life, it does not mean
the end of her sex life. Studies show that women on estrogen replacement notice
the least change in their sexual interest and in their sexual satisfaction.
Estrogen clearly treats menopausal symptoms, which may reduce fatigue and improve
both sexual desire and satisfaction. A recent survey found that a majority
of menopausal women say their sexual desire and interest in sex is just as robust
as before menopause. An interesting finding of this survey was that women taking
estrogen replacement reported greater sexual activity than women not on estrogen.
These findings make sense medically-estrogen relieves the menopausal symptoms
that can make sex uncomfortable. Supermodel Lauren Hutton, spokesperson for
the Vitality Menopause Education Campaign says this was also her experience:
Lauren Hutton: "You know, when I was going through all the
symptoms of menopause-the hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, moodiness
and irritability-I didn't feel like going to the movies, let alone going to
bed with someone. Now, I sometimes feel like going to several movies a day!"
When asked, the women on hormone replacement therapy said that comfort with
their partner, physical fitness, no fear of pregnancy, and their hormone therapy
were the top four reasons for their satisfying sex life. Interestingly, sexy
lingerie was way down the list of relevant factors.
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Created: 2/22/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.