Loss of libido in menopausal women often have sexual dysfunction in their husbands, scientists say

It's not me it's you! Loss of libido in menopausal women is often due to erectile dysfunction in their husbands, scientists claim

  • Researchers interviewed women older than 60 about their low libido
  • Erectile dysfunction was a major cause of their lack of interest in sex
  • Women said that sex was less satisfying or caused difficult conversations

It has long been said that a decrease in hormones is the reason why women undergoing menopause have a loss of libido.

But scientists have now claimed that the common problem can be caused by erectile dysfunction in their older men.

Academics at the University of Pittsburgh interviewed 36 women over 60 about their low libido.

They discovered that their lack of sex drive was largely due to their partner's difficulty in maintaining an erection.


Some women admitted that impotence made sex less satisfying or caused hard conversations, causing them to lose interest.

Other factors were postmenopausal vaginal symptoms – such as dryness, fatigue or body aches, life stressors, and a negative body image.

Menopause often loses their libido because of the sexual dysfunction of their husbands, scientists claim based on interviews with women (stock)

Menopause often loses their libido because of the sexual dysfunction of their husbands, scientists claim based on interviews with women (stock)

Dr. Holly Thomas and colleagues wrote in the Menopause magazine that it cannot be assumed that a low libido is just a & # 39; normal & # 39; part of aging.

She said: & # 39; If a woman has sexual problems, what's going on with her partner can contribute. Sex does not occur in a vacuum.

& # 39; Some women find temporary solutions, but others are stopped by their partner because he feels defensive.


& # 39; As women, we are encouraged to be accommodating, so we learn to sabotage our own needs and desires and give priority to those of others. & # 39;

Half of the participants were interviewed privately. The others participated in focus groups.

Dr. Thomas said it was surprising to hear the women emphasize that sexual dysfunction makes an important contribution to their male partners.


  • Erectile dysfunction in partner: The interviews showed that women lose interest in sex when their partner has impotence. This is because sex is less satisfactory for women when her partner is unable to maintain an erection for a long time and discussions about it cause friction in the relationship, the researchers said.
  • Postmenopausal vaginal symptoms: The woman reported vaginal dryness, tightness and reduced elasticity, which can make sex painful and less enjoyable.
  • Fatigue and body pain: The women said that as they grew older, they felt they had less stamina for sex. Sometimes this was due to circumstances.
  • Life stressors: Women said they were surprised that the stress in life worsened or continues after retirement, making sex a lower priority. Stressors can include concerns about adult children, grandchildren, or daily jobs.
  • Body Image: Changes in the body, such as weight gain or breast shape, affected the confidence of some women, hiding them from sexual activity. But others said they became less concerned about their appearance as they grew older and felt more attractive.

Impotence seems to affect a woman's libido in two ways, mainly because sex is less satisfactory with erection problems.

The second is that male partners are often unwilling to discuss their dysfunction, become defensive and frustrated.


In both situations, women are less interested in sex in the future, the researchers said.

& # 39; Male partners sometimes became accusatory, defensive, angry or ashamed & # 39 ;, wrote Dr. Thomas and colleague & # 39; s.

& # 39; A few women even discussed how they & # 39; have given up & # 39; to discuss erectile dysfunction with partners, and in fact they had deactivated their own sexual needs as a priority. & # 39;

The NHS estimates that about half of all men aged 40 to 70 have a certain degree of erectile dysfunction.

Although there are drugs available, such as non-prescription Viagra, women in the study say they are expensive.


Taking a sex-promoting pill often requires sex to be planned, which eliminates the spontaneity and romance of sex, the women said.

The survey also showed that some women, despite having retired and leaving their children, were still too stressed to consider sex as a priority.

For example, a woman mentioned the emotional burden of caring for her sick mother, while at the same time supporting her daughter by recovering from substance use disorder.

Research in this area focuses primarily on the hormones of older women, Thomas said.

This study – which had a small sample – suggests that there are many factors that contribute to low libido that can be addressed.


The menopause takes place between 45 and 55 years old. In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51.

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