Perimenopause Information

Supporting women going through all stages
of perimenopause and onwards.

Changing Sex Drive (Libido)

Many women experience a change in their sex drive during perimenopause. For some women, this means a decrease in libido, while for others it means an increase. There are a number of factors that can contribute to a change in sex drive during perimenopause, including:

  • Changes in hormone levels: Estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate during perimenopause, and these changes can affect sex drive.
  • Menopause symptoms: Other symptoms of perimenopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness, can also contribute to a change in sex drive.
  • Stress: Stress can also affect sex drive.
  • Depression: Depression is more common in women during perimenopause, and it can also affect sex drive.
  • Medications: Some medications can also affect sex drive.

If you are experiencing a change in your sex drive during perimenopause, it is important to talk to your doctor. They can help you to understand what is causing the change and recommend treatment options if needed.

Here are some tips for managing a change in sex drive during perimenopause:

  • Talk to your partner: Talking to your partner about your changing needs can help you to stay connected and intimate.
  • Make time for sex: Even if you don’t feel like it, make time for sex. Sometimes, just getting started can help to increase your desire.
  • Try new things: Trying new things in the bedroom can help to keep things interesting and exciting.
  • Use lubricant: Vaginal dryness is a common symptom of perimenopause, and using lubricant can help to make sex more comfortable.
  • Get enough sleep: Getting enough sleep can help to improve your overall health and energy levels, which can both contribute to a healthy sex drive.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Eating a healthy diet can help to improve your overall health and energy levels, which can both contribute to a healthy sex drive.
  • Exercise regularly: Exercise can help to improve your overall health and energy levels, which can both contribute to a healthy sex drive.
  • Manage stress: Stress can have a negative impact on your sex drive, so it is important to find healthy ways to manage stress.
  • Seek professional help: If you are struggling with a change in your sex drive, talk to your doctor. They can help you to understand what is causing the change and recommend treatment options if needed.