There can be various physical and emotional side effects of having sex after menopause, including:
- Vaginal dryness: Reduced estrogen levels during menopause can lead to vaginal dryness, which can cause discomfort or pain during intercourse.
- Urinary incontinence: Engaging in sexual activity, especially positions that put pressure on the bladder, can trigger urinary incontinence for some women.
- Yeast infections: The hormonal changes of menopause can alter the natural balance of bacteria in the vagina, increasing the risk of yeast infections.
- Decreased libido: Some women may experience a decrease in sexual desire after menopause, due to hormonal changes or other health conditions.
- Emotional effects: Some women may struggle with feelings of self-consciousness or body image issues after menopause, which can impact their sexual experiences.
These side effects can be managed with the help of medical professionals and a variety of treatments, such as vaginal moisturizers, estrogen therapy, and pelvic floor exercises. It’s important to talk to a doctor about any concerns and to work together to find a solution that works for you.