9) Sexuality and Intimacy: Navigating Changes in Desire and Response

Some women find relief from menopausal symptoms through alternative and complementary therapies. This section will introduce you to a range of holistic approaches to managing menopause.

Understanding Holistic Therapies

Holistic therapies take into account the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. We’ll discuss what this means and how it can apply to managing menopause.

Exploring Alternative Therapies

From herbal medicine to acupuncture, a number of alternative therapies can potentially provide relief from menopausal symptoms. We’ll explore these options and provide resources for further investigation.

Considerations and Precautions

While holistic and alternative therapies can be beneficial, they’re not without risks. We’ll discuss considerations and precautions you need to take into account.

8 Point Action Plan

  1. Open Communication: Have honest conversations with your partner about the changes you are experiencing and how it affects your intimacy.

  2. Explore Alternatives: Consider different ways to experience intimacy and pleasure. This could include touch, massage, or the use of intimate aids.

  3. Self-Care: Practice self-love and care to improve your body image and confidence.

  4. Professional Help: Consider seeking the help of a sex therapist or counsellor to help navigate through these changes.

  5. Stay Active: Regular physical activity can boost your mood and energy, increase your endurance and make you feel better about yourself, all of which can boost your sex drive.

  6. Healthy Diet: Eating a healthy diet can increase your energy, help you maintain a healthy weight and increase your libido.

  7. Medical Advice: Consult with your doctor if you are experiencing extreme changes in your sexual desire. Hormone therapy or other treatments may be recommended.

  8. Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques: Practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation to alleviate anxiety and increase body awareness, which can enhance your sexual experience.

Daily Change Summary

Alternative and holistic therapies can provide additional paths to managing menopause. By exploring these options, you can find a comprehensive approach that fits your needs and preferences.