Many women lose interest in sex during or after menopause due to loss of libido and physical discomfort. The loss of estrogen can lead to dryness and vaginal atrophy which makes sex painful. However, regular sexual activity is important after menopause. It promotes blood flow to the vagina. It also helps maintain the vagina's elasticity, depth, and overall shape. Here are some tips to make sex more pleasurable after menopause.
Regular exercise after menopause is essential to maintain a healthy weight, boost your endorphins, and protect your heart and bones, too. Women who are not physically active are more likely to develop heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic back pain, weak muscles, depression, and osteoporosis. Always check with your healthcare professional before starting a new exercise program.
To keep your heart healthy try aerobic activities, like walking, jogging, swimming, biking, and dancing.
To protect your bones, incorporate weight-bearing exercises like walking for 90 minutes a day or moderate weight training, to increase your bone mass and prevent fractures.
Your nutritional needs change as you age. Before menopause, you need about 1,000 mg of calcium daily, but after menopause, you should aim for 1,200 mg of calcium per day. It’s also essential to get enough Vitamin D to absorb the calcium.
Calcium-rich foods include: