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Is it Normal to Have Increased Sexual Desire Around Menopause?

October 19, 2023

Yes, it is possible for women to experience increased sexual desire or libido during the menopausal transition. While it is commonly known that menopause is associated with hormonal changes that can lead to a decrease in sexual desire, some women actually experience an increase in their sexual desire during this time. 

Fluctuations in hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone, can affect a woman's libido. Estrogen levels tend to decline during menopause, which can cause vaginal dryness and discomfort, leading to a decrease in sexual desire for many women. However, testosterone, which plays a role in sexual desire for both men and women, may remain relatively stable or even increase during this time. This increase in testosterone can potentially contribute to heightened sexual desire in some women.

So remember that if you are experiencing increased sexual desire during menopause, it is completely normal. For any concerns regarding sex or sexual desire, it is helpful to communicate openly with your healthcare provider, who can provide guidance and support tailored to your individual needs.