February 10, 2023

How Does Perimenopause Affect Sexual Function

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Perimenopause Causes Changes in Sexual Function

Sexual function changes during perimenopause, studies have shown that 10-15% of women experiencing perimenopause report no sexual desire, and 20% of them experience dyspareunia (painful intercourse).

What causes sexual difficulties during perimenopause?

Hormonal factors influence the sexual function during perimenopause and menopause. This includes the fluctuation of estrogen levels and irregular menstrual cycles. During this time women may experience sexual difficulties which include:

  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Dyspareunia or painful intercourse
  • Anorgasmia – delayed, infrequent or absent orgasms
  • Difficulty relaxing
  • Difficulty getting aroused

How do you treat it?

There are several ways to manage sexual difficulties caused by perimenopause. Lubrication, changing up your routine, exercising, and improving your mental wellbeing are some ways to help manage sex. There are also treatment options such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and hormonal implants. 

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-Written by Karen Manalac

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