This post is part two in my series about the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health. Click here to read the first post.
Did you know that starting at an average age of 51, a woman could expect to live more than a third of her life in post-menopausal years? Did you also know that when it comes to perimenopause and menopause, women suffer sexual side effects?
Considering that every woman must go through this phase, funding for further research into what exactly happens to a woman sexually and what she can do to solve this is imperative. A woman going through perimenopause and menopause experiences symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, heart palpitations, vaginal thinning, depression, and decreased libido. With the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health, I’d like to ease women of their concern regarding their sex lives during and post-51 years old.
The Patty Brisben Foundation supports Sexual Health and Menopause, an online educational program that can be found at menopause.org. Sexual Health and Menopause is designed to share information with the millions of women entering menopause (and their partners) who want to get a handle on what menopause might mean for their sex lives. Although most women experience some changes in sexual function as they age, menopause and aging certainly do not signal the end of a woman’s sex life. Because of the thinning of the vagina, pain or tightness may begin to accompany intercourse. Dryness may also affect a woman during this time, and resources such as the Sexual Health and Menopause guide can help couples get over these hurdles.
Unfortunately, when this happens to women, we tend to dismiss these issues and therefore allow a lack of intimacy to become normal. However, if women are given accurate, supportive advice and recommendations from doctors who have become well versed in the latter part of a woman’s sexual life, defaulting to a lackluster sex life doesn’t have to happen. While there is no “normal,” woman-to-woman, there need to be answers to questions that will help women achieve what they want sexually. Women’s sexual lives from perimenopause to post-menopausal years can no longer be ignored, especially considering the fact that one of the largest populations, baby boomers, are now in the perimenopausal stage.
Women have a gift of masterfully handling whatever their child’s or husband’s crisis may be. When it comes to her own, though, she tends to have a, “get it done, move on,” approach. With your sexual health, I urge women to pause. Take a moment to listen to your body. Think about what your body is telling you. Do you need to seek medical help or advice? If so, act upon it. Now is not the time to push your troubles aside. Now is the time to listen, learn, and thrive. With continued research and funding, the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health is here to help.
*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. With the assistance from doctors on our Board combined with research, the blog posts this month have been created.