Medical Conditions & Sex: Women Experiencing Hormonal Changes And How It Can Hinder Their Sex Life
A woman's hormones are key part to proper sexual function. The levels of progesterone, estrogen and testosterone all lead to both the mental and physical condition of female sexual function, or FSD. Menopause, pregnancy and birth control are very common causes for hormone changes, but they are not the only ones. Nearly one half of women in the U.S. who are post-menopausal suffer from some sort of FSD.
Hormone levels can suddenly change by a thyroid condition. The thyroid hormone can cause changes in weight, metabolism, energy levels, reproductive organs, concentration, moods and of course sexual function. Some doctors prescribe a synthetic thyroid medication, which can alleviate some or all of these conditions. But they do not work for everyone and many still experience some symptoms. The most common symptoms that remain when treating the thyroid problem are the sexual side effects in women. Women lose their libido when they suffer from FSD. There are medications available though that can help sufferers. Some are over the counter topical creams and ointments and others are offered by prescription from a doctor.
Even the prescriptions offered by doctors to help women through their hormonal changes can have adverse side effects on a woman's libido. Women can experience a great difficulty becoming aroused, a low sex drive, difficulty reaching orgasm or pain and dryness during intercourse. Sometimes women even suffer from vaginal atrophy. Vaginal atrophy is a thinning and shrinking of tissues and decreased lubrication of the vaginal walls.
Women who experience FSD and who suffer from hormonal changes are often disinterested in sex. Pain and discomfort mixed with emotional factors will increase a woman's reluctance to participate in any sort of sexual act with her partner. It is important for these women to understand that there is a solution out there for them. They deserve to once again have a healthy and active sex drive. The first step should be talking with a licensed physician about the problem. Then a course of treatment can be set forth for the woman.