Can Kegel Exercises Improve Your Sex Life After Menopause?
In a previous article we discussed the changes that occur during menopause. There is a decrease in estrogen production that can result in vaginal dryness, decreased elasticity and thinning of the vaginal walls. This can result in painful intercourse, vaginal tears, and vaginal bleeding. Pelvic floor muscle atrophy (decreased strength and tone) can also occur leading to decreased pleasure or pain during intercourse.
Performing kegel exercises can help improve some of these areas. By strengthening and conditioning the muscles, you are improving the strength and tone of the muscles. The pelvic floor muscles contract during orgasm, so having stronger muscles can facilitate your orgasms and sexual experience.
Another benefit to strengthening the pelvic floor muscles is that the exercises increase blood flow to the vagina. Increased blood flow can increase arousal and vaginal lubrication. Using a lubricant may also help and there are many different ones available.
The Joy On Kehel offers games to make exercising fun. The massage mode can also be used to help stimulate the muscles and increase blood flow.
Let’s also talk briefly about other aspects of being intimate. For many women sex is more than just vaginal penetration. It is a feeling of being connected to their partner. This encompasses the emotional and psychological aspects of being intimate. After menopause, it is important to not forget that these aspects can play a part in increasing arousal and producing vaginal lubrication. For women that experience pain, tearing, or bleeding with vaginal penetration it is advised to hold off on vaginal penetration while these issues are being addressed. During this time, you can explore with your partner to find other ways or areas on your body that increase your arousal and desire. Some common areas that can erotic are the breasts, nape of the neck, inner thighs, and the earlobes. One of the most important things to remember is to communicate with your partner about what works for you and what doesn’t. As your body changes, your likes and dislikes may change, and that is okay. You should not feel guilty that these changes occur, and you and your partner can work together to make intimacy exciting for you both. You may find that increasing foreplay can also increase vaginal lubrication needed for intercourse.
If you continue to have vaginal bleeding and/or tearing or pain with penetration, please consult with your physician.
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