Since menopause I still like to look great and wear lovely clothes and makeup and even look sexy. I'm divorced. But if only men knew! I'd sooner spend the evening wearing brushed cotton pyjamas, a fluffy dressing gown and slippers with curlers in my hair, with a nice cup of tea in front of my woodburner watching the tv, cuddling my cat than having sex with a man. My sex drive has gone forever thanks to the menopause, I'm only 56 and feel I should be sexually active still. There is absolutely nothing there whatsoever. Before menopause I had a perfectly normal sex drive. Ok I don't need a man, I have my own home and successful career but there is something at the back of my mind wondering if there ought to be more. I've enjoyed living alone more than I've enjoyed having a man around so should I be bothered or not? My single neighbour my age says I don't need a man I need more wine and chocolate. An american friend of mine says in the states they all get prescribed testosterone along with HRT to keep the sex drive going but when I asked my doctor she said that is not available over her! Why not? I'm not sure if I should be worried about this loss of drive or not, I'm quite happy alone.
Testosterone is available for women post meno. Don't have time to do all the links here, but if you spend some time googling Panay (consultant gynae), testosterone for women post menopause, NICE guidelines (menopause) you will see lots about making GPs aware that women should be offered this as part of HRT. Not sure if you are on Twitter but there was something there from a presentation (Panay again) into menopause, HRT and testo, not long ago. Might have been tweeted by Menopause Matters, or women's health, or Dr Hannah Short.
Sorry to hear you have lost your sex drive, and it IS possible to get testosterone over here, ,but may need to go to a menopause clinic Are you on HRT anyway Try www.menopausematters.co.uk,you will get some good advice there Not sure if this link will work, but if not just google it
That's interesting, PollyPerky, thank you. I've got a gynae appointment this week and I want to mention this. I'm being recommended a total hysterectomy and no-one ever mentions testosterone, not my GP, not the hospital team.
Yes I've been on HRT for years and quite happy with it. I can't believe it, my GP swore blind testosterone was not available and I'm pretty sure my marriage broke up because of my lack of sex drive. That is shocking that a GP would just dismiss me and my genuine concerns like that. Thanks for the info I'll see if I can get myself booked into a menopause clinic.
OP- I'd not hold out hope for the menopause clinic. If it's NHS you may find it's served by 'ordinary GPs' ( or maybe not...) who dish out the same mantra. On the forum Menopause Matters there are women who use NHS meno clinics and the 'rules' they use are no different to a GP- some women told no HRT after 60, and other loads of old cobblers.
Happened that way for me, and I am much older than you, and never thought I would have sex again, never mind enjoy it Try dating and see what happens,hopefully you will meet a lovely man you are attracted to,and voila,