by Well Behaved Lady » Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:34 pm
by DesertWolfAZ » Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:06 am
by Well Behaved Lady » Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:44 pm
by Aahlu » Fri Feb 17, 2012 2:04 pm
SonoranWolf wrote:Obviously the best advice is for her to talk to her doctor. Beyond that, every woman in different.
One common symptom is reduced vaginal secretions which can cause discomfort with penetration during sex. Of course that can easily be alleviated by the use of personal lubricants and by patient and attentive foreplay and care on the part of her male partner.
Many women experience hot flashes and night sweats along with mood swings and even depression. Those are the extremes and can usually be managed with proper medical care. Also, from what I understand, the worst of it passes after a year or so when the body has adjusted to the hormonal changes.
Generally the periods become irregular during the couple of years preceding menopause. Periods may be skipped some months and be either unusually light and brief or sometimes extremely heavy and accompanied by cramping, bloating and general misery. In extreme cases hormone replacement therapy may be beneficial. Eventually they will stop altogether but there is no way to pinpoint the exact time that happens except in retrospect.
On the positive side, the freedom from having to be concerned about pregnancy and from the inconvenience of periods is welcomed by most women. Many will also get a little boost in their libido in the years just before and after menopause provided they are in good health.
It's obviously a major event in a woman's life, but it doesn't need to be a negative experience for her. She can ordinarily enjoy an active and healthy sexuality during that time of her life as long as she remains healthy.
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