A common misconception is that men are the only ones who can suffer from sexual dysfunction. The reality is that many women also experience this frustrating condition, especially during menopause. It’s important to know what symptoms are normal and your treatment options as you experience menopause.
Sexual Dysfunction and Menopause
What exactly is sexual dysfunction? It’s defined as persistent, recurrent difficulty with sexual response, desire, orgasm, or experiencing pain during sex. Despite what you might think, sexual dysfunction is very common, affecting as many as 30% of men and 40% of women. This condition can have an enormous impact on your physical, emotional, and psychological health, especially for couples trying to have children.
Symptoms of Sexual Dysfunction
There are several symptoms of sexual dysfunction that can happen in women, and many of them are not even physical or have to do with gynecology. Mental and emotional symptoms are very common with sexual dysfunction. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have sexual dysfunction:
- Inability to achieve orgasm.
- Inadequate vaginal lubrication before and during intercourse.
- Inability to relax the vaginal muscles enough to allow intercourse.
- Lack of interest in or desire for sex.
- Inability to become aroused.
- Pain with intercourse.
- Emotional or psychological stress, especially regarding your relationship with your partner.
- Feelings of depression and anxiety during intercourse or in your everyday life.
- A loss of affection for your partner; tension or disconnectedness.
- Feelings of sexual inadequacy
How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help
As you age and your estrogen levels naturally decrease, the symptoms of menopause can begin to appear. Hot flashes, trouble sleeping, moodiness, and weight gain are just some of the differences you may start to notice as your body begins to make this natural transition. If you are currently experiencing these symptoms, hormone replacement therapy can help your body feel normal once again. By balancing out your body’s hormones, you can feel relief from menopausal symptoms.
Our hormone replacement therapy at Dr. Susan Fox’s Center for Women works by using medication to replace the estrogen that your body is no longer producing when you enter into menopause. This medication can come in pills, creams, skin patches, and more. Our physicians will prescribe you a dosage based on your symptoms’ severity, age, and other factors, such as your genetics.
Before trying every over-the-counter product out there, consult with your OB/GYN about if hormone replacement therapy can work for your body. Dr. Susan Fox and her team are more than happy to sit down with you and evaluate your options. We want to make sure that every patient feels cared for and comfortable in our office!
Depending on your symptoms, hormone replacement therapy may not be the best option for you. Still, our physician and nurse team is eager to work with you to create a treatment or lifestyle plan that will best help relieve your symptoms. At Dr. Susan Fox’s Center for Women, we want to put your health and wellbeing first, so we’ll answer any questions or concerns that you may have about our gynecology treatment options.
If you have been looking for a way to relieve your menopause symptoms, visit us today! At Dr. Susan Fox’s Center for Women, we offer hormone replacement therapy for those undergoing menopause and who wish to feel relief from their symptoms. With decades of experience, our team has the experience and knowledge of gynecology required to make your visit an informative and comfortable one.