Sunday, September 24, 2017

HEALTHIER YOU: What to expect when it’s time to push ‘pause’

BY DR. ANNETTE MAYES, OB/GYN

DR. ANNETTE MAYE

Let’s be honest: there is a stigma around menopause.

It isn’t warranted, because many women actually welcome — dare I say celebrate — this natural stage in the life of a woman. After all, the end of her childbearing years means no longer worrying about birth control, or monthly periods.

This is not to say that menopause arrives without challenges. Some of the symptoms include inconsistent menstruation, mood swings, vaginal dryness, weight gain, night sweats, lack of sleep, hair loss, and memory loss.

And there is one more symptom that tends to take center stage: loss of sex drive. There will always be ups and downs in a woman’s sex drive, but there are a lot more downs when a woman experiences menopause. When your sex drive diminishes and you experience less intimacy with your partner, it can be frustrating for you and the person you love.

A growing number of women take supplements to boost their libido, while some engage the help of a therapist. Couples can always make a more conscious effort to put romance at the center of a relationship, and open communication between partners is helpful in virtually every situation. These steps may be the way to put the fireworks back in your love life.

For additional information, contact the Las Vegas All Women’s Care Offices at (702) 522-9640. Or visit us at 700 Shadow Lane No. 165 (1st floor) in Las Vegas.

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