COVID Schedule a vaccination appointment or view our vaccine updates , safety measures , patient and visitor policies and latest information. For many older women, talking about sex is still downright awkward. But if you want to enjoy a happy, healthy sex life which has been shown to reduce stress and improve heart health , candid discussions with your partner and doctor are often essential. Here, an expert offers advice to help older women have a fulfilling sex life after menopause — and explains why it's still important to protect yourself during sex. Most of the problems older women have are due to decreased estrogen levels that accompany menopause. A woman reaches menopause when she has gone through 12 consecutive months without any periods.
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When I was 11 years old, my mother silently snuck into my bedroom. Under the cover of midnight, she sat cross-legged at the end of my bed and proceeded to give me The Talk, although it was more of a whisper. Instead of focusing on the anatomy of sex — the biological prophecies by which, some say, our bodies were made to meld into one — my mother chose to emphasize pleasure. She spoke about the importance of passion: pursuing it, asking for it and finding it within yourself.
We seem to know plenty about men and their desires, but surprisingly little research has been done on female sexuality. Read more: Tips and advice for sex after the menopause. Apparently not. Read more: Natural ways to boost your sex life.