Testosterone may be thought of as a male hormone, but it also controls sex drive in women. Lack of testosterone during menopause is often the cause of a lack of sex drive. Once periods cease in menopause, 30 to 50 percent of women report a drop in libido, and this is due to lower hormone levels. When the ovaries stop producing estrogen, which triggers the symptoms of menopause, they also stop producing testosterone too.
Causes of Lack of Sex Drive in Menopause
For women, emotions are as important as physical sensations during sex. If they experience a lack of sex drive, which may be a gradual process after the onset of menopause, they describe it in several different ways. Some women recognize this lack of libido as a loss of interest in sex, while others say there is "something missing" from their relationship with their partner.
Other causes may be down to the more physical side of menopausal changes. Vaginal dryness is a common side effect of estrogen dominance during perimenopause. This can decrease arousal and may even make it painful to have sex, which in turns lowers sex drive still further.
Physical symptoms such as vaginal atrophy (loss of muscle tension) and lack of lubrication can be caused by a decreased blood flow to the vaginal tissues. Whether the lack of sex drive is a physical or an emotional problem, women lacking a sense of desire or arousal are unlikely to reach orgasm. This further exacerbates the problem.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Lack of Sex Drive
Fortunately, supplements of bioidentical testosterone can significantly help boost libido. Bioidentical hormone therapy is often used after hysterectomy or during menopause to rebalance hormones. Once hormones are restored to natural equilibrium, the symptoms causing lack of sex drive will be relieved.
Saliva and blood testing is used to treat each patient individually for bioidentical hormone therapy, along with a healthy diet. While an overdose of testosterone may have undesirable side effects, such as male-pattern hair loss and acne, when given in the correct doses to counter hormone imbalance it can be an effective cure for lack of sex drive during menopause.