Loss of libido commonly affects 20-40% of menopausal women
A loss of libido during menopause is a complex phenomonen which means a woman experiences a reduction or lack of interest and desire in sexual activity.
What causes a loss of libido during menopause?
In most cases, a lower libido during menopause is due to decreased hormone levels. A decrease in estrogen, progesterone and testosterone production can negatively impact a woman’s desire for sex. These decreased hormone levels can lead to vaginal dryness and tightness, which can cause pain during sex. Estrogen in particular plays a vital role in female sexuality by increasing sensations, assisting in the production of vaginal lubrication, and maintaining the health of vaginal tissue.
Other causes of libido loss during menopause
Physical (sexual disfunction, pain-related issues), psychological (stress, fatigue, changes in self esteem and body image), and relationship issues (changes in partner’s health or availability, lack of communciation with partner) can also contribute to a loss of libido. Menopause symptoms such as depression, mood swings, weight gain and hot flushes can also make a woman less interested in sex.