Our lives are in a constant state of change. So are our bodies, and as a result our sexual satisfaction and enjoyment may vary as well. There are times when sex is better and times when it is not. Here is some important information all women should know, since all women may experience highs and lows in their sexual enjoyment. Rest assured these changes are totally natural.
During the immediate weeks after childbirth, the ovaries are less active and levels of estrogens as well as androgens are decreased. Many women experience less interest in sex and slower, less intense feelings of excitement, as well as a decrease in vaginal lubrication. Many women are just not interested at all! This can cause frustration especially if you don’t expect it. On average, sex hormones rev up again within three months, but the timing depends on a lot of factors like breast feeding, fatigue, caesarean delivery, other children at home, and social support.
In the years leading up to menopause, hormone levels become unpredictable. Some months estrogen is higher, some months lower, and some months just right. As a woman approaches that final menstrual period, other hormones change too. Progesterone secretion drops off and then stops. Androgens also begin to decline. All these shifts during the menopausal transition can wreak havoc on many aspects of a woman’s life: sleep, mood, and sex.