Let's talk sexual wellness, specifically the orgasm, and why we need more (and more) of them, right now. Lucky us, orgasms and masturbation can play a critical role in supporting a woman's vaginal health and overall wellness during peri and menopause.
It's no secret that the hormonal changes associated with menopause can cause a decrease in libido. According to a study published in the Journal of Women's Health, nearly half of all menopausal women report a decrease in sexual desire. However, this does not mean that we should give up on sex altogether. In fact, orgasms and masturbation can provide a host of benefits to menopausal women.
First and foremost, orgasms increase blood flow to the vaginal area, which can help to keep the tissues healthy and prevent vaginal dryness. This can be especially important for menopausal women, with our decrease in natural lubrication. Additionally, regular orgasms can help to tone the pelvic floor muscles, which can help to prevent urinary incontinence.
"Daily masturbation increases vaginal blood flow and therefore reduces vaginal dryness, atrophy, and painful intercourse in 30 days. Orgasm can also effectively lower menopausal mood swings and sleep problems." - German gynecologist Dr. Elena Maria Leineweber
Beyond the physical benefits, orgasms and masturbation can also have a positive impact on mental health. According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, women who masturbate regularly report higher levels of self-esteem and body confidence. Additionally, orgasms release a flood of feel-good hormones, including dopamine and oxytocin, which can help to reduce stress and improve overall mood. Basically, orgasms release a cocktail of feel-good hormones that can help reduce stress and improve your mood. It's like a spa day for your vagina, minus the cucumber water and overpriced robes.
For women who are looking to explore their bodies and enhance their sexual pleasure, sex toys can be a great option. Companies such as Cere and Lelo offer a wide range of high-quality vibrators and other sex toys designed specifically for women. These products can help to stimulate the clitoris and other erogenous zones, making it easier to achieve orgasm.
In addition to physical products, there are also a number of online resources available to menopausal women who are looking to improve their sexual health. The website Menopause.org, for example, offers a wealth of information on sexual wellness for menopausal women, including tips for maintaining vaginal health and improving sexual function.
Finally, it's worth noting that not all women experience a decrease in libido during menopause. In fact, some women may find that their sex drive actually increases during this time. Whatever your individual experience, it's important to prioritize your sexual health and pleasure as you navigate this phase of life.