If sex was once a huge part of your life gone by the wayside since you went into menopause, do not despair. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can improve your libido and allow you to enjoy more sexual pleasure than you have in years.
Unlike standard hormone replacement therapy (HRT), BHRT is biologically identical – hence the name – to the hormones produced by your own body.
Menopausal women once took it for granted that “the change of life” meant the end of desire. That was depressing enough, but it often spelled the end of marriages or relationships when one party simply lost interest in sex.
Women and their partners no longer have to deal with low or non-existent libido after menopause. Not only sex, but the deep intimacy accompanying it, can resume.
There is one advantage to post-menopausal sex that women did not have during their reproductive years – no pregnancy worries. BHRT can improve libido at the time of life when a woman has no concerns about birth control failures or the unplanned conception fears previously present to some degree.
During menopause, a woman’s estrogen and progesterone levels decline significantly. The ovaries no longer produce estrogen, but the body still receives weaker estrogen from another source – fat cells.
Unless a woman undergoes a hysterectomy, chemotherapy or another process that shuts down the reproductive system, menopause is a cycle taking a few years to complete.
Actual menopause occurs when there is so little estrogen produced that a woman’s uterine lining stops thickening. BHRT restores these hormones naturally, turning back the years on various levels.
Along with boosting libido, BHRT frees women suffering from vaginal dryness and subsequent painful sex. Not only does natural lubrication return, but the vagina’s overall tone strengthens and returns to the state it was in prior to menopause.
If a woman’s libido is still relatively strong but her vagina has become dry, a topical BHRT cream rejuvenates the vagina.
Some women may shy away from BHRT because they confuse it with standard HRT, which has been linked with an increased risk of heart disease and breast cancer. BHRT is not the same as HRT and does not raise these risks.
It is difficult to have a satisfactory sex life when dealing with depression, mood swings, weight gain and other side effects of menopause. That does not take into account the common but extremely unsexy night sweats and hot flashes.
In addition to boosting libido and rejuvenating vaginal lubrication, BHRT helps alleviate these other emotional and physical issues often affecting the menopausal woman.
If menopause has diminished your libido and you would like more information about BHRT, call Dr. Edward Jacobson’s office today and arrange a consultation.