Could It Be More Than Hot Flashes That Lead To Less Sex?

Unfortunately, when it comes time for menopause, black women are likely to have more intense symptoms than their white peers. Genetic and environmental factors likely play a role, experts say. But, when it comes to why older women have less sex as they age, more than biology can play a part.

Previous research has focused mostly on biological causes of reduced sexual activity in older women, such as hot flashes, sleep disruption, vaginal dryness, and painful intercourse. A study claims, a number of psychological factors contribute to the drop-in libido. Those factors include body image concerns, self-confidence, perceived desirability, stress, mood changes, and relationship issues.

This study included nearly 4,500 postmenopausal women in the United Kingdom enrolled in a trial of ovarian cancer screening.

Before the start of annual screening, about half of the women were sexually active, but there was a decrease in all areas of sexual activity over time. Sexual activity was less frequent, not as pleasurable, and more uncomfortable.

The main reason for no sexual activity was the lack of a partner, mainly due to widowhood, according to the study.

Other commonly reported reasons for decreased sexual activity included: partner’s