Dr. Irwin Goldstein, MD, answers the question, "What affects does menopause have on a woman's sexual health?"
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Menopause has great effects on women’s sexual health. Menopause is a condition defined by lack of menses but in particular the ovaries stops the synthesis of release of estradiol. Estradiol is a very critical hormone and many aspects of a woman’s overall health but in particular vaginal health, sexual interest—liberal health are all related to the 17 beta-estradiol levels. So, it’s extremely common to have some sexual problems in menopause and I might know that since sexual issues are couples problems. When a woman turns 50, ideally the partner is in that age and was not uncommon for the partner to have sexual problems or for even the partner to have great health problems that prevents him from having sexual activity or has even passed and that leaves the woman without even a sexual partner. So, there are lots of issues that are involved in menopause.