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Yes, Your Libido Can Increase in Perimenopause and Menopause

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Yes, Your Libido Can Increase in Perimenopause and Menopause

Increased libido during perimenopause and menopause is not uncommon, although it may not be the experience of every woman. When it comes to a woman’s sex drive in menopause, you often hear complaints about how desire wanes.

What is an increased libido?

Increased libido refers to an increase in sexual desire or sex drive. It can vary from person to person and is influenced by biological, psychological, and social factors such as hormone levels, stress levels, and intimate relationships.

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How is increased libido associated with menopause?

Every woman’s sex drive is different. It may not change at all when hormone levels start to fluctuate and decline, but the most common response is a waning libido. Some women, however, experience an increase in libido. Some women find that they no longer fear getting pregnant increases their sex drive. Another possible reason is now having more time to reconnect with your spouse and explore each other's needs again.

How to manage increased libido naturally

For women who are experiencing increased libido in menopause or postmenopause, typically the issue is how to respond to the feelings that go along with it. These feelings can be dramatically different depending on a woman’s situation. Some women and their partners may be thrilled to have entered this new stage of their sexual lives. Other women may feel uncertain, surprised, or confused, especially if they do not have a sexual partner or have a partner who does not understand the changes that are taking place.

We suggest open communication with your partner and exploring ways to please yourself. You don't always have to have intercourse but can explore ways to please and satisfy each other. You can explore tools to help you experience orgasms like vibrators.

Keeping active together can increase your libido and help your partner with theirs as well. Plus you'll feel more confident in your fit bodies.

Bottom line

Although it is not as common as a decreased sex drive, some women beginning in perimenopause can experience increased libido and it's complete normal.

  • Hardwick-Smith S. 5 realities of sex drive during perimenopause, according to a gynecologist who focuses on midlife sexuality. Well + Good 2021 Mar 1 

  • Hersh E. Does menopause affect your libido? Healthline 2020 Jan 13

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Andrea is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) & Menopause Expert. Andrea is in menopause & has been researching for the last 5 years science-based ingredients and methods to help women manage their symptoms. She’s the Founder of—a multiple award-winning website. Andrea co-authored the book “Unjunk Your Junk Food” published by Simon and Schuster, as well as “Label Lessons: Your Guide to a Healthy Shopping Cart,” and “Label Lessons: Unjunk Your Kid’s Lunch Box.” Andrea co-hosts the Morphus for Menopause podcast and appears as a Healthy Living Expert on TV across North America. Andrea has more than 20 years of experience in the health & wellness space and is a multiple award-winning Influencer.