Romance on Pause? Libido Lifters for Ladies

A lagging libido can go hand-in-hand with menopause. But it doesn’t have to.

That’s why obstetrician/gynecologists often start the conversation.

“If you’re not comfortable talking about it, find an OB/GYN who makes you comfortable talking about it,” said Meaghan Shanahan, MD, CHI Health OB/GYN.

Together, you can improve the side effects – fatigue, hot flashes, depression – which dampen desire.

You can also address physical changes – vaginal dryness, thinness and lack of elasticity – which can cause discomfort.

“I really like vaginal estrogen, it quickly improves dryness and vaginal atrophy,” said Shanahan.

Be open with your partner, who might also be experiencing age-related problems.

“What I hear sometimes is “It’s been so long…,” Shanahan said.

It’s never too late to rekindle that flame.

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Meaghan M Shanahan, MD, FACOG

Obstetrics and Gynecology