Staying Alive at 55!

Staying Alive at 55!!  In the course of routine gynecological care in the postmenopausal time frame, there is always room for discussion of sexual intimacy.  It is a question I pose that gets a wide array of answers - and often it remains a topic that not everyone wants to address head-on.

But for most couples sexual intimacy can be an extension of the emotional intimacy that is the keystone of a relationship.  Changes in hormone status after menopause can create roadblocks to sexual pleasure which generally results in decreased frequency or cessation of intercourse altogether.

Menopause is a time of declining levels of estrogen and testosterone- both which can influence not only sexual function but mental and emotional well-being.  The natural changes of aging combined with less exercise or physical activity take their toll on body health and image.  And the development of significant health problems such as hypertension and diabetes (as well as certain medications) can diminish the neurologic and vascular functions vital to sexual response.

Fortunately, as our aging bodies seem less in line with our youthful spirits, there are many things, including diet, exercise and hormone therapy that can revitalize not only general health but sexual health as well.

Paid Advertising Column By Kay E. Case, M.D.
Physician and Surgeon, Women's Health Care

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