If you're new here, you may want to get my discreet newsletter to learn how to make your lover sexually obsessed with you and only you. Click here to get it. It's free. It's discreet. There are nearly as many warnings about sex after menopause as there are about losing your virginity. But learning to understand those changes can help to prevent any discomfort. Plus, not having to worry about pregnancy is a pretty significant perk of menopause! Menopause is when your body stops having monthly cycles and becomes unable to get pregnant. Menopause officially starts twelve months after your last period [ 1 , 2 ]. According to the North American Menopause Society, the average age at which a woman experiences menopause is 51 [ 3 ], which means there are many years ahead of you that you can fill with satisfying sex!
Truth 1: Your Vagina Is Not Going to Shrivel Up Like a Prune While the vagina does go through some changes during menopause due to loss of estrogen, much of the changes that happen are undetectable to the eye. In other words, there's no such thing as "shriveling," and you most certainly won't look like a prune. Even better news: Since blood flow to the vagina lessens after menopause, consider having sex to keep it at its best. Truth 2: Invest in a Good Lubricant One of the realities of sex after menopause is vaginal dryness. If you've never had to use lubricant before, don't be shy about starting! For example, Play More Lubricant provides women with a smooth, slick feeling that is not sticky and feels natural. What can you do about it? Try little things, such as playing sexy music, to boost your sexual self-confidence. Here are 10 simple tips to get you started. Truth 4: You Are Still at Risk for Sexually Transmitted Diseases "Many postmenopausal women don't realize that they are still at risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and therefore don't concern themselves about using condoms because they are no longer worried about pregnancy," says Dr.
This retrospective study systematically compared mammographic density with histology in women receiving or not receiving menopausal hormone therapy HT. This study was approved by the institutional review board. Twenty-eight postmenopausal women using HT were matched with 28 postmenopausal women not using HT at the time of breast cancer diagnosis. Noncancerous tissue from mastectomy specimens was examined histologically to quantitate the content of fibrous stroma, ducts, and lobule types 1, 2, and 3. Tissue samples were also evaluated for estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, and Ki67 activity in the ducts and lobules. Breast density was quantified by digitizing the contralateral mammogram and computer-assisted interactive thresholding. Estrogen and progesterone receptors did not correlate with either breast density or HT use. Increased fibrous stroma and lobule type 1 are associated with increasing mammographic density in women using HT, independent of estrogen and progesterone receptor up-regulation. These findings suggest that increased breast density may be mediated through a paracrine effect. The increase in breast cancer risk with HT use may be due to an increase in target lobule type 1 cells.
Women suffering from disrupted sleep find it more difficult to focus at work or at home. It can affect moods and it can become a safety factor when women are driving while very groggy in the morning. It starts with identifying the factors contributing to sleep disruption.
If night sweats and temperature-related sleep disturbances are that persistent, Silvestrin suggests considering hormone replacement therapy. Seeing the minutes tick by can making sleep even more elusive.
Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated beverages after dinner. Over-the-counter medication can help, too, Silvestrin said. Melatonin is an herbal sleep aid that helps some women. For those with the most serious sleep problems, prescription sleep aids are available, but should be used only once or twice a week, Silvestrin said. The key is talking frankly and honestly with your health care provider, Silvestrin said.
Finally, Silvestrin says more women should probably get sleep study referrals for sleep issues during menopause, to determine if there are other issues at play. Terry Silvestrin, ARNP, is a nurse practitioner and certified menopause clinician with MultiCare Health System, a not-for-profit health care organization with more than 18, employees, providers and volunteers. Talk to us. Please share your story tips by emailing editor federalwaymirror. Include your name, address and daytime phone number.
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