By the time women reach their mid- to late- 40s, they enter a phase of life called menopause, when the production of the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone starts to diminish.
The decrease in hormone levels leads to disturbing symptoms that include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, depression, anxiety, irritability, palpitations, joint tenderness, itching, allergies, hair loss, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, and painful intercourse.
These symptoms affect our desire and ability to have sex, and this can turn a previously sexually charged relationship into a sexless one, where you live like brother and sister or as roommates, instead of husband and wife.
Fortunately, there are sex hormones we can take to supplement the flagging hormones of menopause.
They are available by prescription in FDA-approved or individually compounded preparations.
The safest form of hormone supplementation is the bioidentical or human identical hormones (estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone). They rapidly and safely restore a woman’s sense of well-being and eliminate her symptoms of menopause, sometimes as quickly as a week after starting them.
The key is to take them in the proper formulations and work with a doctor experienced in giving them according to an individual’s particular needs.
A woman who takes well-balanced sex hormones returns to her youthful self and is interested in having sex again. Her vagina no longer feels like sandpaper and sex is no longer a dreaded act.
In fact, my patients tell me all the time how they are still in disbelief decades later that they never lose their sex drive, their vaginas are well-lubricated, and they have orgasms the way they did in their youth.
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