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Sex after the menopause

The menopause is a part of a woman’s life. Although most women don’t have to face this transitional period until their 40’s and 50’s, women who have a hysterectomy can expect to experience early menopause, with symptoms more severe than normal. During this time your ovaries will shut down, and you will no longer be able to conceive. Whether you are experiencing the menopause naturally or as a result of having a hysterectomy, one thing is for sure – this doesn’t have to mean the end of your sex life. Continue reading Sex after the menopause

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Painful sex (dyspareunia) after surgical menopause

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A surgical menopause is one caused when a woman has her ovaries removed. It can also refer to a menopause triggered following a hysterectomy that has left her ovaries in place.

There are many menopausal symptoms and some, like the hot flush, are often easier to deal with than others. Perhaps the hardest ones to overcome though are those that affect our sexual well-being and these include things like vaginal dryness or loss of libido. In this article we’re going to explore issues around painful sex because for some women libido diminishes because they start to find sex painful, so dealing with that can often sort things out in the desire department. Continue reading Painful sex (dyspareunia) after surgical menopause

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3 Months Post-Op Hysterectomy – Shea’s Story

This hysterectomy has been a journey and a half, I was anxious about the surgery and had a few complications but overall went well. I’m still experiencing some pain and burning in my stomach and have very little sex drive as it feels totally different for myself and husband. He’s very understanding and doesn’t pressure me he makes me feel very comfortable however I will be scheduling an appointment with my ob/gyn due to my husband experiencing piercing and being a little uncomfortable. Continue reading 3 Months Post-Op Hysterectomy – Shea’s Story

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DHEA Hormone may help to ease menopause symptoms and improve sex lives

A small study that took place in Italy by researchers at the University of Pisa may be indicating that supplementation with artificial versions of the hormone DHEA (a steroid hormone naturally produced by the body’s adrenal gland and used in the production of sex hormones) may be useful in helping to ease menopausal symptoms and improve the sex function. Continue reading DHEA Hormone may help to ease menopause symptoms and improve sex lives

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The meaning behind the menopause

At last,  a serious study into just what the menopause is, and what it isn’t.  Sue Brayne author of ‘Sex, Meaning and the Menopause‘, who presented her paper at the British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section annual conference at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor in July has said that the menopause should not be seen as a medical problem that needs fixing but as a life-affirming and normal process that women go through, something that we at the Hysterectomy Association have long been advocating.

The menopause is a life-stage, in the same way that puberty is and ALL women, regardless of their culture, lifestyle or race, will go through if they live long enough.  In many cultures this period of life has been one to be celebrated, because it represents a transition from one stage to another that brings with it a whole different set of responsibilities.

According to Sue “Little consideration is given to the psychological, emotional, and spiritual changes women go through in this stage of life and no matter how science attempts to ‘cure’ the menopause, evolution cannot be stopped. When a woman reaches her fifties, she will undergo immense changes. She has to face the death of fertility, the loss of her youth, and to accept that she is no longer able to attract the attention she once did.”

The research that Sue conducted included interview with 60 women and was an in-depth analysis of the many changes that occurred in their lives at the time of their menopause. She considered changes in women’s sexuality and relationships as well as the way in which older people are viewed within our Society, which emphasises youth over wisdom.