Menopause »

All women go through the Menopause . This is the time when Menstruation comes to an end, when fertility ends, the ovaries cease functioning and there are no more eggs or Oestrogen produced.

Some women pass through this natural process without any undue difficulties.

Others can experience a long and painful struggle which leaves them exhausted and depressed. The menopause tends to develop in the age …

Painful Sex »

… engorgement of the genitalia.

Skin conditions - including thinning of the skin after the menopause.

Endometriosis – this usually causes pain deep inside the vagina.

  Infections – sexually transmitted infections ( STIs ) or non-sexually transmitted genital infections e.g. thrush.

 Vaginismus -this is when the muscles of the pelvic floor go into spasm. This causes pain, both superficially and deep inside.

  Allergic reactions – to the …

Unable to Orgasm (Anorgasmia) »

… reasons.

Lack of lubrication and changes to the lining of the vagina can result from the menopause. Psychological factors which prevent the development of arousal or the experience of orgasm can be numerous too, and these are outlined in more detail under the Arousal section of this web site.

The physical causes may be responsive to treatment. Use of a simple, water-based lubricant might be sufficient to remedy the situation. There have even been trials of Viagra in women with …

Sex and Ageing »

… irritating or even painful. This can be easily resolved by the use of a lubricant. Following the menopause, with vaginal shrinkage, women may even find sex more intense or pleasurable. The lack of anxiety about becoming pregnant may even contribute towards sexual enjoyment.

A few other things can be taken into consideration to improve your sex life in later years.Routine can lead to boredom, which in turn can lead to a lack of arousal. Experimenting may intensify stimulation, and …

Andropause »

… ‘when masculinity ceases’. It is used to describe a condition in men similar to the female Menopause, except that it does not directly end fertility.

In men, the production of the hormone Testosterone gradually decreases from about age 60. This has generally been accepted as a part of a normal ageing process and it is usually without notable impact on their physical condition.

It has been argued by some however, that there can be a significant reduction in the level of …

Ovarian Cancer »

… This may be done when a women feels she does not wish to have any more children or following the menopause.

Uterine / Endometrial Cancer »

… therapy (HRT) increases the risk, as does an early start with menstruation and late age of menopause.

Preventative action

Unlike cervical cancer, there is no regular screening for uterine cancer in all women. Although, an abnormal smear test for cervical cancer may provide some indication of a problem. Given the cancer’s association with increased exposure to oestrogen, the use of oral contraception is felt to be protective against this cancer.

It is also …