Most people expect to see their libido drop as they get older. For a lot of women, this decline begins in their late 40s or early 50s.
All too often, though, people dismiss their lowered sex drive as normal and don’t do anything about it. But that can impact your relationship, and it means missing out on the health benefits of sex. You don’t have to let this part of your life slip away as you get older.
Our team at Burlington OBGYN Associates believes that your sexual health is a key part of your overall wellness. Here at our office in Burlington, Massachusetts, our all-female team of doctors and nurse practitioners offers hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help.
As part of an overall menopause management program, HRT can help address many of the ways aging negatively impacts your sex life, from lowered libido to decreased lubrication.
To help you understand why HRT might help your libido, it can help to give a quick overview of your sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
You need all of these hormones to work the way they should in order to feel sexual desire. And these hormones don’t just matter for your initial arousal. They also play a role in how you experience sex, including your ability to orgasm.
Because hormones play a big role in your sex drive, their decreasing levels during and after menopause can spell trouble. Fortunately, experts have found a way to increase key hormones with HRT. Not only does this help with symptoms like hot flashes and sleep issues, but it can also boost your libido.
Here at Burlington OBGYN Associates, we figure out an HRT plan just for you. Some women benefit from an HRT plan that increases both estrogen and progesterone levels, while others choose estrogen alone.
We can also recommend topical estrogen creams to help with issues like dryness and discomfort during sex.
As part of your menopause management plan — and a way to help you improve your libido — we can also work with you to adopt other habits that can help you feel your best. Those include eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and managing stress.
If you’re never in the mood, don’t hesitate to talk to our all-female team. We can help you decide if hormone replacement therapy is right for you or if we should explore other treatment options. To get started, call Burlington OBGYN Associates or book an appointment online today.