How Hormonal Changes Can Affect Your Sex Life

How Hormonal Changes Can Affect Your Sex Life

People may joke about women becoming disinterested in sex after a certain age, but lower libido, vaginal dryness or itching, and even painful intercourse are all understandable reasons for not wanting to have sex. These conditions also aren’t anyone’s fault, and are completely treatable by the right medical professional. 

At the OB/GYN practice of Gae Rodke, MD, FACOG, we provide remedial treatment for conditions like vaginal atrophy and painful intercourse, to restore both your vaginal health and your sex life.

Hormonal changes around menopause

Many women experience unpleasant side effects as a result of menopause. As the body’s reproductive years come to a close, hormone levels begin to drop sharply, which can cause unwelcome changes.

Many of these symptoms are the butt of jokes, including hot flashes, chills, and weight gain. It’s all “part of the change” as many would put it, but what if these alterations didn’t have to interfere with your sex life?

Here are a few ways hormonal depletion can result in problems with bedroom activities:

Vaginal atrophy

Dropping estrogen levels can cause discomfort in your vulva and vagina. Lack of estrogen causes vulvovaginal atrophy, or postmenopausal atrophic vaginitis. This is a thinning of the walls of your vagina, which can result in fragility of the tissues. A lessening of lubrication can mean sex becomes painful due to microscopic tears in the skin of the vaginal walls or on the lips of the vulva.

Common symptoms of vaginal atrophy include: 


Dyspareunia, or pain during sex, is a common problem among postmenopausal women. It’s often connected to vaginal atrophy. Women with dyspareunia may experience the following symptoms: 

Getting your sex life back

Dr. Rodke can verify any signs of inflammation and dryness during a pelvic exam, and she may order a blood test to determine your estrogen levels. She may also recommend hormone replacement therapy to replenish your body’s supply of estrogen and restore natural vaginal lubrication. 

In addition, Dr. Rodke offers the MonaLisa Touch® laser system to stimulate the tissues of your vaginal walls and pelvic floor, restoring elasticity. This can improve your overall comfort, your bladder control, and the quality of your sex life. 

To learn more about how to improve your sex life, get in touch with Dr. Gae Rodke by calling 212-496-9800, or visit the contact page for more information. 

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