January 27, 2023

Libido: Changes in Sex Drive during Perimenopause

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Are you hornier than usual?

This may be normal in perimenopause. This is a phenomenon that is less frequently talked about, but good thing you’re in the right place!

We’ve discussed that during perimenopause, the time prior to menopause, there are hormone fluctuations. These fluctuations lead to the occurrence of various symptoms. While many women have changes in their sex drive, it is one symptom of perimenopause that is not directly related to the hormonal state. In fact, it is associated more with psychosocial factors. Lower libido is more prevalent in women during this time; however, some women experience the exact opposite. 

  1. Lower work or parenting stress

During the perimenopausal time, some women experience a lessening of stress as their children leave home and their work-life balance has settled. This allows for more time and energy for intimate relationships. Research has shown that marital satisfaction improves after children move out. 

  1. New relationships

The excitement of a new relationship can also inspire increased libido. 

  1. Improved self-esteem

As women age, they tend to notice greater body confidence. This increased body confidence improves libido and you may feel more comfortable with yourself in the bedroom.

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