Menopause and Sex

A woman’s sexuality is a complex interplay of physical and emotional responses that affects the way she thinks and feels about herself. When a woman has a sexual problem, it can affect many aspects of her life, including her personal relationships and her self-esteem. Sex is 10% of the relationship if it is good but 90% if it is bad. Now, more than ever, sexual fulfillment is an expectation in relationships and sexual dissatisfaction is often at the core of relational discontent.

Women can experience a variety of sexual problems, such as lack of desire, difficulty becoming aroused or pain during sex. An occasional sexual problem that seems to go away on its own is normal. However when the problem is persistent, or pain is involved, it’s time to seek professional help. A survey in 1999 revealed sexual problems occur in 43 percent of women in the United States. Sexual difficulties can also be lifelong problems that have always been present or acquired problems that develop after a period of normal sexual function. They may be situational problems that develop only under certain circumstances or with certain partners.

Many women are uncomfortable talking about their sexuality. Instead they needlessly suffer in silence when the situation could be greatly improved with medical therapy. At WomanCare, we feel sexual issues are just as important as pap smears and menstrual problems. We provide a caring atmosphere where these topics can be discussed.

Sexuality is an essential component of your health and well-being; people that have a happy sex life have less depression, pain and anxiety disorders, and live longer. A couple with three kids speaks to each other an average of thirteen minutes each day. This is not enough time to keep up an emotional and physical relationship. Make this issue a priority. Even the best relationship can wither under the forces of daily stress and inattention.