As most menopausal women could probably tell you, “change” is much more than what is physically happening. For many, it is a time of significant change in life: a time to decide between what was “good enough” before and what is absolutely necessary for the second half of life.
Despite the way we see it in the media, sex is a very personal act with emotional and physical consequences. Therefore, it is extremely important that you approach it with the serious thought it deserves. This includes asking yourself and your partner some important questions.
Most couples know that infertility treatment will affect them physically and emotionally, but many are not prepared for the effect it has on their sexual intimacy. The hyperefocus on fertility can greatly affect desire and arousal in women and can cause sexual dysfunction in men. The following stressors explain why:
If sex hurts, you won’t want to do it. For most of us, pain stops cold desire. It is estimated that about 20% of women suffer vaginal pain with previous games or sexual intercourse. The pain can be intermittent or chronic and can be due to a wide variety of causes, such as infections, yeasts, sexually transmitted diseases, allergies, drug reactions, nerve damage and chronic disorders.