Welcome to the Sexual Wellness for Women Podcast – your trusted resource for sexual wellness during menopause and different stages of life. I’m your host, Allie, a board-certified sexologist, professional sex coach, and certified integrative wellness coach. As I pursue my Ph.D. in mind-body medicine, I’m dedicated to providing you with the knowledge, tools, and support you need to navigate the complexities of sexual wellness.
As a sexologist, sex coach, and integrative wellness coach, I combine scientific knowledge with a compassionate and holistic approach. I believe in the power of mind-body connection and the transformative potential of embracing our unique sexual selves. Together, we’ll navigate the complexities surrounding sexual wellness during menopause and different life stages.
So, whether you’re in menopause, perimenopause, or simply seeking guidance on sexual wellness, this podcast is for you. It’s time to prioritize your sexual well-being and embrace the vibrant, confident, and fulfilled woman you are.
Today is Thursday, 8/24/2023 –thank you for tuning in and giving me a listen to. Today we will cover Menopause.
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TOPIC: Menopause: A Natural Change in a Woman’s Life
Menopause is a natural change in a woman’s life when her ovaries stop producing estrogen. This typically happens between 45 and 55 but can happen earlier or later.
The symptoms of menopause can vary from woman to woman, but some of the most common ones include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased sexual desire
- Sleep problems
- Mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating
There are a number of treatments available to help manage the symptoms of menopause. Some of these treatments include:
- Hormone therapy is the most effective treatment for hot flashes and vaginal dryness. However, it is not without risks, so talking to your doctor about the risks and benefits before starting hormone therapy is important.
- Non-hormonal therapies: There are a number of non-hormonal treatments available for menopause symptoms. These include:
- Gabapentin: This medication is used to treat nerve pain, but it can also help with hot flashes.
- Clonidine: This medication is used to treat high blood pressure, but it can also help with hot flashes.
- Bioidentical hormones: These are hormones made from plants and are similar to the hormones the body produces naturally. Bioidentical hormones can be used to treat hot flashes and vaginal dryness, but they are not as effective as traditional hormone therapy.
- Lifestyle changes: There are a number of lifestyle changes that can help to relieve menopause symptoms. These include:
- Exercise: Exercise can help to reduce hot flashes and improve mood.
- Weight loss: If you are overweight or obese, losing weight can help to relieve hot flashes and other symptoms.
- A healthy diet: Eating a healthy diet can help to improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
- Getting enough sleep: Getting enough sleep can help to improve mood and reduce fatigue.
- Managing stress: Stress can worsen menopause symptoms, so it is important to find ways to manage stress. This could include relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation, or spending time in nature.
If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause, it is important to talk to your doctor. They can help you to determine the best treatment options for you.
How Menopause Can Affect Sexual Function
Menopause can also have a significant impact on sexual function. Some of the changes that can occur include:
- Vaginal dryness: This can make sex uncomfortable or painful.
- Decreased sexual desire: This is a common symptom of menopause, and it can be caused by a number of factors, including hormonal changes, stress, and fatigue.
- Difficulty achieving orgasm: This can also be caused by hormonal changes, as well as by anxiety or depression.
There are many things that can be done to improve sexual function during menopause. These include:
- Using lubricants can help relieve vaginal dryness and have sex be more comfortable.
- Talking to your partner: It is important to communicate your needs and concerns with your partner.
- Trying different positions: Some positions may be more comfortable than others.
- Experimenting with different activities: Several other activities can be pleasurable besides intercourse.
- Seeing a doctor: If you have persistent problems with sexual function, talk to your doctor. They may be able to recommend other treatments or refer you to a specialist.
Menopause is a natural change in a woman’s life, but it is important to remember that it does not mean the end of a healthy and satisfying sex life. By talking to your doctor, sex coach, or sex therapist and making some lifestyle changes, you can manage the symptoms of menopause and improve your sexual function.
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