Sex Improves Menopause Symptoms

Well, good news ladies… it seems the saying ‘Use it or lose it!’ again proves to be true. In this case, the study by Hunter and colleagues has shown that the troublesome vaginal symptoms experienced post-menopausal are actually delayed and even reduced by frequent sex. So, yes! Sex improves menopause symptoms.

For those who experience these very distressing symptoms, you may feel a little hesitant to move past some initial discomfort for fear of worsening symptoms, so be reassured they may actually improve. The other benefits –  it’s good for stress, releases endorphins, and ticks off the cardio workout.

Have you ever seen someone with a broken leg experience muscle wasting after being in a cast for 6 weeks, and that’s only 6 weeks!  How quickly we de-condition.  This happens to all of our muscles including our brain.  So Ladies, those of us who have had children and stressed out… our poor pelvic floor – so if you aren’t exercising down there just have a think about the state of those muscles.  Even without pregnancy and childbirth, poor daily function, extra weight can all contribute to poor muscle tone.

The good news is that it doesn’t take a huge amount of time or pain – just a little awareness and commitment to continue to improve rather than let the apathy lead to wasting and dysfunction.  Get the floor moving – try the medi exercise balls. Get to pilates, See your GP for a referral to a women’s physiotherapist.  Here the Royal Women’s Hospital shows you how.

So here is permission to get your groove back on in the bedroom. Gently and with plenty of patience and natural oils.

  1. Predictors of impact of vaginal symptoms in postmenopausal women.
    Hunter, Mary M. MN; Nakagawa, Sanae MA; Van Den Eeden, Stephen K. PhD; Kuppermann, Miriam PhD, MPH; Huang, Alison J. MD