2. Loss of Sexual Urge
During perimenopause, aging causes depression of estrogen hormone production. This hormone is responsible for making the vaginal walls moist and lubricated. With a drop in estrogen levels, sexual intercourse becomes painful or uncomfortable. Additionally, the use of lubrication can cause allergies if not prescribed by a physician or gynecologist. Such experiences may make a woman perceive sex as an unnecessarily hectic affair that is not pleasuring anymore, leading to sex avoidance.
Moreover, during the perimenopausal stage, the release of progesterone hormone is erratic in most fertility cycles. The progesterone is the “maturity” hormone the reinvigorates the vaginal wall to desire sex by sending sex neurons to the brain acting as a procreation agent. In a fluctuating cycle of progesterone release, the sexual urge is diminished considerably.
Both decreased estrogen hormone production and progesterone hormone production have a combined effect on sexual urges either on an individual basis or on a consolidated basis. It is vital to note that the balanced ratios of progesterone and estrogen hormones cause intense sexual drive during ovulation.