From puberty to pregnancy to menopause, your hormone levels fluctuate throughout the stages of life. These hormone changes can affect your mood, how you feel, and even your appetite and enjoyment of sex. Once menopause arrives, many women struggle to maintain the same sex life they had before. This isn’t the curse of getting older, it’s just a hormonal issue that can be treated by a sexual health specialist.
At Evolve Aesthetics, an aesthetics med spa located in Portland, Oregon, our team of expert aestheticians do more than cosmetic work to make you look and feel younger. We also offer therapies to improve your sexual health for whole-body wellness.
The relationship between hormones and sex
Sex is largely affected by hormonal changes in both men and women, but women often experience more sexual dysfunction as they grow older. That is because menopause leads to a steep drop in estrogen and progesterone, the female sex hormones.
Lower levels of estrogen can lead to many changes to your body, including a lower libido, urinary incontinence, and particularly vaginal dryness.
Vaginal atrophy is closely linked to sexual dysfunction in women. With this condition, your vaginal walls begin to thin and produce less lubrication, which leads to discomfort and pain during sex. That can cause anxiety surrounding sex, which only makes the problem worse.
However, not all of the changes are unpleasant. Many women go into menopause expecting the worst, but actually end up feeling happier and more adventurous once they don’t have to worry about pregnancy or periods. In fact, many women go on to have better sex after menopause — especially if they seek help from a specialist and receive treatment.
Knowing your treatment options
The most common treatment for hormone imbalances after menopause is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). That provides your body with additional estrogen to replace what isn’t being produced naturally anymore. Hormone therapy can treat several post-menopausal issues, including:
- Vaginal atrophy and dryness
- Hot flashes
- Bone loss and risk of osteoporosis
- Sleep disturbances
However, it’s important to note that HRT should be handled on a case-by-case basis. It’s best if you begin HRT shortly after menopause, and your treatment plan should be catered directly to you.
A treatment option for pelvic floor dysfunction and vaginal atrophy is Esmella®. This noninvasive treatment works by targeting your pelvic floor muscles. These muscles support your bladder, bowel, and vaginal walls. Esmella strengthens and tightens these muscles, making it easier to go to the restroom, control urination, and enjoy sex.
Do you want to learn more? Get in touch with the specialists at Evolve Aesthetics to schedule a consultation, call 503-662-7375, or book an appointment online.