For whatever reason, there's a stigma around older people having sex. Well, world, listen up: Tons of people still have sex after menopause, or at the very least want to know what it would be like if they did. Menopause is marked by 12 straight months without a periodaccording to Mayo Clinic.
Truth 1: Your Vagina Is Not Going to Shrivel Up Like a Prune While the vagina does go through some changes during menopause due to loss of estrogen, much of the changes that happen are undetectable to the eye. In other words, there's no such thing as "shriveling," and you most certainly won't look like a prune. Even better news: Since blood flow to the vagina lessens after menopause, consider having sex to keep it at its best.
Back to Sexual health. Some women don't need an orgasm to enjoy sex. However, for other women and their partners, being unable to have an orgasm can be a problem.
Even if, as the saying goes, the brain is a woman's most important sex organ, we can't deny the role our bodies play—especially as we get older. Satisfying sex depends on several things: presence of desire, arousal, absence of pain, and an ability to reach orgasm. After menopause, libido declines, and changes in our bodies can make it difficult to get aroused, painful to have intercourse, and impossible to climax. It's little wonder that many women become dissatisfied with sex, and some avoid intimacy entirely.
With no need to worry about getting your period, becoming pregnant or being walked in on by your kids, your postmenopausal sex life should be stellar, right? This change has a huge impact on your sexual function. It can lower desire and make it harder for you to become aroused.
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Does it make sense from an evolutionary standpoint for women to want sex after their bodies are no longer able to reproduce? The female body was designed for procreation which is why we have uteruses, produce eggs, and have intercourse. Seems logical, right?
When was the last time you heard a joke suggesting that sex invariably goes ever downhill or totally crashes after menopause? Like yesterday? This concept was boldly reaffirmed — without reference to reliable research — at a conference on menopause held by the National Institutes of Health in ! So, if you ask your doctor about sex after menopause, she or he will likely agree that the outlook is gloomy.