A loss of libido, interest in sex or sexual desire is a fairly common part of menopause. It becomes a problem when it leads to frustration and wreaks havoc on your relationship.
A number of factors affect libido, but you shouldn’t worry that the flame has gone out forever. For some women, it actually burns brighter after menopause. But like every good fire, you need to stoke it…
Perimenopause is the period—and associated bodily changes—leading up menopause (prefix “peri” = around). It can start as early as a woman’s late 30s or as late as her 50s.
This process varies in duration, lasting anywhere between 2 to 10 years. A common sign of perimenopause is irregular periods due to the hormonal fluctuation occurring. As your ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, levels gradually decrease over this time, in theory; in reality, it’s more like rollercoaster of ups and downs…
The sudden occurrence of hot flashes is an outward sign of a natural process women pass through in their late forties. The end of menstrual periods and increased sensitivity to extremes of heat and cold can cause the body to become hot and flushed. This experience can last for quite some time and these flushes can be quite extreme.
It is not unusual to hear a woman claim that she feels bathed in sweat. It is rarely possible to counteract this feeling with a dip in the sea. Most women consider themselves lucky if they have the opportunity of a cool shower.
Fortunately, these awkward symptoms do not persist for too long. Women are often embarrassed if it happens in company, as it is a visible sign of getting older. Sometimes women live in dread of hot flashes, in which case they may be inviting trouble as the body sometimes reacts to one’s thoughts.