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How can changes in my sex drive be a sign of menopause?

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Some women say they are less interested in sex or have trouble getting aroused when they are in menopause. Other women say they enjoy sex more and feel freer because they don't have to worry about things like getting pregnant.

During menopause, the skin around your vagina may become drier. This can make sex hurt. Gels called "personal lubricants" can help.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Menopause.”

Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health: “Menopause and menopause treatments fact sheet.”

Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Integrated Healthcare: “Menopause Fact Sheet.”

North American Menopause Society: “Menopause 101: A primer for the perimenopausal,” “Are We There Yet? Navigate Now with Our Guided Menopause Tour,” “How Do I Know I'm in Menopause?”

National Institute on Aging: “Signs of the Menopausal Transition.”

Endocrine Society: “Menopause.”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Perimenopausal Bleeding and Bleeding After Menopause.”

National Health Service (UK): “Night Sweats.”

American Osteopathic Association: “Don't Lose Sleep Over Night Sweats.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Insomnia,” “Menopause and Sleep.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Sleep Apnea?”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 22, 2019

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Menopause.”

Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health: “Menopause and menopause treatments fact sheet.”

Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Integrated Healthcare: “Menopause Fact Sheet.”

North American Menopause Society: “Menopause 101: A primer for the perimenopausal,” “Are We There Yet? Navigate Now with Our Guided Menopause Tour,” “How Do I Know I'm in Menopause?”

National Institute on Aging: “Signs of the Menopausal Transition.”

Endocrine Society: “Menopause.”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Perimenopausal Bleeding and Bleeding After Menopause.”

National Health Service (UK): “Night Sweats.”

American Osteopathic Association: “Don't Lose Sleep Over Night Sweats.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Insomnia,” “Menopause and Sleep.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Sleep Apnea?”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 22, 2019

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