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How to Navigate
Changes at Midlife
Sexual Problems at Midlife
Causes of Sexual Problems
Reminders & Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
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This section discusses the following:
While the number of potential causes of sexual problems during menopause can seem overwhelming, there are just as many strategies and treatments for overcoming them. These include self-help measures you can adopt on your own, counseling with or without your partner, and prescription therapies or resources that your healthcare provider can direct you to. And these interventions, when properly used, have been shown to be both safe and effective in young, old, and all ages in between.
Treatment for many sexual problems often combines medications or devices with counseling (sex therapy) and/or self-help measures. Rarely does one problem have a single solution that won’t benefit from other treatments or actions. It’s also not uncommon for a woman to experience more than one type of sexual dysfunction, and therapies often overlap among various sexual problems.
This section is organized according to therapies and takes care to identify the problems that each therapy may address. If you’re looking for an overview of therapy options according to each specific sexual problem, check out the table below, which summarizes options in that way.
Therapies often overlap among various sexual problems.
Keep in mind that most sexual problems warrant treatment only if they prove bothersome to you or your partner. If neither you nor your relationship is troubled by your problem, taking no action may be the most appropriate course at this time.
A variety of therapies are available depending on the source of the pain:
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