Diminished Sexual Desire

Many women report feeling a decrease in sexual desire after menopause. Even those who have enjoyed positive sexual relationships in the past may experience a little or no interest in sex. Decreased sexual desire can impact on relationships with partners.

There are three main causes of dwindling sexual desire after menopause:

  • Declining levels of testosterone reduce sexual desire

  • Declining levels of estrogen cause anatomical changes to the vulva and vagina, causing painful intercourse. This can be successfully treated with the use of vaginal estrogen administered as a pill, cream or ring.

  • Certain medications, such as antidepressants and antihypertensive drugs may contribute to a lack of desire.

Our practice is able to evaluate and recommend treatments to help patients overcome diminished sexual desire.