In case you missed it last week, a new study out of the UK shows that women “who reported engaging in sexual activity weekly were 28% less likely to have experienced menopause at any given age than women who engaged in sexual activity less than monthly.”
Sexual activity* is vital to your health, even while your libido evolves over time. This means taking care of your vagina and getting smart about what’s going on with your vagina during menopause.
Has sex been painful recently? Get to the bottom of (horribly named) terms such as vaginal atrophy / dyspareunia. Libido off the charts? Find your sexual revolution twin …and everything in between.
* Sexual activity can mean intercourse, oral sex, touching, or self-stimulation. Good news, no matter your partnership status & preferences.
Get reacquainted with your libido with these pro tips:
- Up your libido by hyping up your confidence —Talk to your reflection – 3 minutes in front of a mirror, giving yourself compliments. Out loud. Try these examples: “[YOUR NAME], your hourglass figure is nice.” “[YOUR NAME], you have lovely legs.”
- Reading is FUNdamental—Try bibliotherapy – i.e. the “use of reading materials for help in solving personal problems.” So go pick up that copy of 50 Shades of Grey…doctor’s orders.
- If you imagine it, you will come—You may think faking it should be a thing of your past, but repeatedly visualizing your libido in full force or orgasming with a partner is enough to trigger neurons in your brain and body that get you closer to the big “O”.
- You can touch this—Schedule a weekly masturbation session—in addition to improving your sleep and mood, blood flow to your vagina through regular orgasms keeps vagina walls healthy.
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- Sexual activity* is vital to your health, even while your libido evolves over time. This means taking care of your vagina and getting smart about what’s going on with your vagina during menopause.
Updated: May 12, 2020