Menopause doesn't affect a woman's sex drive, found, a four-year research. Lead researcher Tim Spector, Professor of genetic epidemiology at King's College, London Spector and his colleagues studied four years' worth of answers that women provided about their sexual health both before and after menopause.
"We were surprised by the results of our research a little bit. They suggest that menopause has been exaggerated as an excuse for everything," said Spector.
"By modifying your life and attitudes about sexual desire, you can change things sometimes surprisingly for the better, although you are getting older," Spector added.
Hormones – oestrogen and testosterone – are generally at the centre of any discussion about sex. However, we shouldn't be so quick to blame that change in hormones, said Spector.
They expected that sexual drive and problems with sexual function would increase with time and be higher among women after menopause. But the rate of sexual dysfunction over the four-year study period was 22% to 23%, the same for both pre- and post-menopausal women. That suggested that menopause isn't as important a contributor to sexual issues as once thought.
What's more, the proportion of women reporting improvements in sexual function during the study also remained about the same in pre- and post-menopausal women, hinting that declines in things like desire or arousal can be reversed to a certain extent.
"Women do see improvements in sexual functioning after menopause. What that says is that you are not necessarily stuck if you experience sexual dysfunction," Spector explained.