Do This – Not That: Restoring Libido After Hysterectomy and Menopause
When you think of intimacy, do you automatically tense up or get excited? If it’s the former, you probably want some help.
There are a lot of reasons why libido can taper off after a hysterectomy or during menopause. Some of them have nothing to do with either. It may be purely coincidental. On the other hand, there may be hormones – or lack of thereof – involved.
To help you restore your libido, put some spark back in your relationship, and stay sexual during menopause, you can try some of the following tips. And the sooner the better.
- Talk to your doctor.
- Get a complete check-up – you might have some unknown health issues.
- Ask about pelvic floor physical therapy.
- Review all of your medications and supplements.
- Treat any vaginal dryness.
- Treat symptoms of menopause or hormone imbalance.
- Manage stress and depression.
- Get some sleep.
- Consider hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
- Ask about testosterone.
- Use personal lubricants and moisturizers.
- Find ways to connect outside the bedroom.
- Eat well and exercise regularly.
- Get creative.
- Seek professional help for intimacy.
- Don’t forget to communicate.
- Don’t skip on the touching – even if you don’t feel sexual.
- Don’t put too much emphasis on the act of sex.
- Don’t forget that intimacy is more than sexual intercourse.
- Don’t be close minded about treatment – alternatives, therapy, and medications could help.
- Don’t forget psychological issues can affect libido.
- Don’t get anxious – it may take some time.
- Don’t rush – you may need to take some time with foreplay.
- Don’t skip your Kegels.
- Don’t give up.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support. Reprinted with permission: Do This – Not That: Restoring Libido After Hysterectomy and Menopause