Sexual Health and Wellness

MENOPAUSE

Lesbian women do also experience menopause like any other. Menopause occurs when your body transition from being productive, to being non-productive. This means the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. Usually, a woman will start to display pre-menopausal symptoms around three to five years before she stops menstruating, anytime between mid-40 to late 50’s. For some woman, especially smokers, it can occur much earlier in life. Some illnesses, cancer treatments, removed ovaries or a hysterectomy may affect menopause. The decrease of estrogen and progesterone has various effects on a woman’s bodies, which includes hot flushes, depression, mood swings, increased hair growth, no periods and diminished sexual desire. Due to the reduction in vaginal lubrication and thinning of the vaginal canal, penetration could be painful. Feel free to make use of lubricants (lube), available in most pharmacies. It might also be necessary to use smaller sex toys. For some women, the physical and emotional changes can be overwhelming. This may cause conflict, especially when there is a big age gap between partners, and the younger partner might have no idea what her partner is going through. Keep on communicating and don’t shut each other out.