Tuesday April 7, 2020

All you Need to Know About Menopause in Women

Does menopause affect your sex drive? Find it out here

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Each woman's experience of menopause is unique. Pixabay

The loss of estrogen and testosterone following menopause can lead to changes in a woman’s body and sexual drive. Dr. Niti Kautish, Senior Consultant, Gynecology, Fortis Escorts Hospital speaks about the effects that this phase of life can have on your sex life.

Women at menopausal and postmenopausal stages may notice they are not as easily aroused, and they may be less sensitive to touching and stroking. That can lead to a diminishing interest in sex. Although menopause may have some negative effects on sexual function, this is not always the case.

Each woman’s experience of menopause is unique; not all women have the same symptoms or experience these symptoms with the same degree of severity. Decrease in estrogen levels after menopause can cause a decrease in libido. Vaginal dryness is another symptom of menopause that can have an impact on sexual function. Other symptoms of menopause, such as trouble sleeping and mood swings, can also interfere with enjoyment of sexual activity.

According to one review, the reported rates of sexual problems in postmenopausal women are between 68 and 86.5 percent. This range is much higher than in all women in general, which is estimated to be between 25 and 63 percent.

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Women need to change their sexual habits to tackle menopause. Pixabay

A decrease in estrogen levels can result in reduced blood flow to the vagina, which can cause the tissues of the vagina and labia to become thinner, resulting in a woman becoming less sensitive to sexual stimulation. A decrease in blood flow also affects vaginal lubrication and overall arousal. Which means a woman may not enjoy sex as much and may have difficulty achieving orgasm. Sex may be uncomfortable or even painful.

Fluctuating hormone levels during perimenopause and menopause can also affect a woman’s mental health, which in turn, causes a decrease in her libido. Stress also impacts a woman’s libido, as she may be juggling a job, parenting, and caring for aging parents. The changes in hormone levels, a woman may experience during menopause may make her irritable or depressed, making daily stress more difficult to handle.

According to an article published in the Journal of Women’s Health, women who have more significant side effects associated with menopause are more likely to report lower libido levels. Examples of these side effects include hot flashes, depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping, and fatigue.

Other factors for a reduced libido include:

history of chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, or depression

history of smoking

engaging in low levels of physical activity

You should talk to your doctor about how these conditions could affect your sex drive. There are several steps you can take to increase your libido. These include medical treatments, lifestyle changes, and home remedies.

Medical treatments

If you experience changes to vaginal tissue, such as thinning and dryness, consider estrogen therapy.

Prescription estrogen can be applied directly to the vagina in the form of creams, pills, or vaginal rings. These usually contain lower doses of estrogen than regular birth control pills.

If you’re thinking about hormone replacement therapy discuss it with her doctor before starting to take any medication.

You may not experience any changes in her sex drive after using estrogen or testosterone therapies.

Lifestyle changes

Some benefit from using water-soluble lubricants during sex. These can be purchased over-the-counter at most drugstores.

However, women non-water soluble and silicone-based lubricants, as these can break down condoms used to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Increasing physical activity, such as getting 30 minutes or more of exercise on a routine basis, may help reduce menopause-related symptoms, including a low libido.

Eating a healthy diet can also enhance a person’s overall sense of wellbeing.

Changing sexual habits

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In order to tackle menopause, you need to eat healthy. Pixabay

There are many ways a person can foster a sense of intimacy with their partner, including:

Changing sexual routines: Try spending extended periods on foreplay, use vibrators or other sex toys to enhance an intimate experience, or engage in sexual activity or touching without the goal of orgasm.

Relieving stress together: There are many stress-relieving techniques a couple can do outside of the bedroom to increase intimacy. Examples include going on planned dates together, taking a walk, or spending time doing hobbies together, such as exercise, crafts, or cooking.

Practicing masturbation: Spending time alone and exploring what types of touch and sexual stimulation work well for an individual can help them talk to a partner about their needs and preferences. It can also help a person feel more comfortable with sexual activity without the pressure of a partner

Natural remedies

Some women use natural supplements to try to increase their libido. It is important to keep in mind that the FDA does not regulate herbs and supplements, so choose a reputable brand. Some natural remedies include:

1. black cohosh

2. red clover

3. soy

Discuss these remedies with a doctor before taking them to ensure they will not interact negatively with other prescriptions and supplements. Soy contains estrogen, so it may react with other Estrogen therapies

When to see a doctor

Speak to your doctor whenever peri menopausal or menopause is having a significant impact on you day-to-day activities, including sex. Speaking with a doctor can also rule out any other underlying medical conditions that may cause a reduced libido. These conditions include urinary tract infections, uterine prolapse, endometriosis, or pelvic floor dysfunction.

Many women find that menopause is a time to celebrate a new phase of life, rather than grieving lost youth. After transitioning through menopause, women will not have any more periods or symptoms of PMS. They will also be able to have sex without worrying about pregnancies. Menopause should be used as a time to explore sources of pleasure and joy, fill yourself with positive thoughts, love yourself, and revive your sex life.

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Tips to tackle menopause

Eat healthy
Exercise daily
Use lubricants during intimacy
Plan dates and intimacy
Talk to your doctor about any problems

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Physical Abuse During Childhood May Lead To Heavy Cigarette Use: Study

The researchers used their responses about smoking between the ages of 12 and 18 to identify three patterns of cigarette use

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Adolescent cigarette smoking is a really serious social problem and public health concern. Pixabay

Researchers have found that children who have been abused, mistreated or neglected at home are more likely to start smoking cigarette and other substances.

The study, published in the journal Substance Use & Misuse, showed that physical abuse of children in high-risk homes, especially when they’re toddlers or teens, dramatically increases the odds that their adolescent experimentation with cigarettes will lead to a heavy smoking habit.

For the findings, the study examined data on children who were at high risk for abuse and neglect — either because they had been referred to a child protective service or lived in conditions associated with the likelihood of maltreatment or both. “I wanted to look at different types of maltreatment and whether they have an impact on cigarette smoking,” said study lead author Susan Yoon, Assistant Professor at Ohio State University in the US.

“Adolescent cigarette smoking is a really serious social problem and public health concern. Brain development is not complete until late adolescence or during young adulthood, and cigarette smoking is associated with damage in brain development,” Yoon said.

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“We also know that those who start smoking cigarettes during adolescence are more likely to continue smoking into adulthood,” Yoon added. For the results, the research team used data on 903 adolescents, who were assessed at age 12, 16 and 18.

A breakdown of different types of abuse and neglect experienced by the sample population during three different time periods (early childhood, school age and adolescence) confirmed how vulnerable these kids were.

The researchers used their responses about smoking between the ages of 12 and 18 to identify three patterns of cigarette use: stable low/no use (61 per cent of respondents), gradually increasing use (30 per cent) and sharply increasing cigarette use (nine per cent).

“It was almost shocking how the pattern of cigarette use over time went up so drastically in the sharply increasing use class,” Yoon said.

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Researchers have found that children who have been abused, mistreated or neglected at home are more likely to start smoking cigarettes and other substances. Pixabay

“They were pretty similar to the others at age 12 — almost 80 percent didn’t smoke. At age 16, we saw that almost 60 per cent had used cigarettes more than 20 days in the past year and by 18, every single kid in this group reported heavy use of cigarettes,” Yoon added.

A statistical analysis showed that adolescents who experienced early childhood physical abuse were 2.3 times more likely to be in the sharply increasing cigarette use group compared with the stable no/low group. Physical abuse during adolescence had an even stronger effect — this type of mistreatment at that point in life was linked to 3.7 times higher odds for sharply increased cigarette use. Adolescents who had been neglected during early childhood were 1.89 times more likely to be in the gradually increasing cigarette use group than in the stable no/low use group.

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About 40 per cent of these smokers had reported using cigarettes at age 16, and by age 18, more than 80 per cent were smokers, and about 40 per cent had smoked on more than 20 days in the previous year, the study said. (IANS)