Women experiencing menopause, usually experience changes in sexual health and function such as low libido and other sexual problems. Postmenopausal women may experience a combination of hormonal and psychological components, experts say at the annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).
At the meeting, three very knowledgeable and esteemed women discussed the physiological, psychological, and relationship factors that affect sexual function and libido in postmenopausal women. The three women in the video are Dr. Jan L. Shifren of Harvard Medical School, NAMS executive director Dr. Margery Gass of Cleveland Clinic, and psychologist Sheryl A. Kingsberg, Ph.D. of the Case Western Reserve University.
Some treatments discussed include psychotherapy, low-dose estrogen therapy, and even testosterone therapy. They discuss how to determine when psychological intervention alone is enough, and when pharmacologic intervention may be necessary.
One topic they addressed is that it is important for gynecologists to ask their patients if they are experiencing any changes in sexual health. It is likely that women will not bring this up on their own.
Psychologist Dr. Kingsberg brings up the relationships between certain parts of the body and the emotional brain.