Embracing Intimacy: Navigating Sexual Health During Menopause

As a woman and a functional medicine physician, I understand the sensitivity and importance of discussing sexual health during menopause. This period of transition is often marked by changes in sexual health and libido, which can be concerning for many. These changes are typically due to decreasing estrogen levels, which can affect vaginal lubrication, elasticity, and libido. It's crucial to recognize these changes as a natural part of aging and not something to be embarrassed about. Acknowledging and understanding these shifts is the first step in addressing them.

 One common issue that many women face during menopause is vaginal dryness and discomfort during intercourse. Fortunately, there are several effective ways to manage this. Over-the-counter lubricants and vaginal moisturizers can provide immediate relief. For more severe cases, prescription treatments, such as local estrogen therapy, can be incredibly beneficial. These treatments can significantly improve comfort,...

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