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 period , according to the Mayo Clinic. It typically starts in a person's 40s or 50s—in the U.
Sexual pleasure during and after menopause
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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. It can also make the vaginal canal less stretchy and you may experience dryness, which can cause intercourse to be painful. More than a third of women in perimenopause, or who are postmenopausal, report having sexual difficulties, from lack of interest in sex to trouble having an orgasm. Chronic illness and injuries can deplete your energy, cause physical pain and lower your body image — all of which affect your sex drive. Half of women in their 50s continue having intercourse, but by their 70s only 27 percent of women are doing it.
How Sex Changes After Menopause
Jump to content. And participants also said they were having solo sex, with more than one-third of year-old women saying they had masturbated in the past four weeks. Among year-old women it was just under one-fifth and just over one-tenth of year-olds. As we get older, testosterone levels decline in both women and men, which can affect sexual desire.
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. Several years ago, a large national survey found that sexual activity fell precipitously with age.