‘Why has my sex drive changed so much?’ Your 7 burning perimenopause questions, answered.

So, sit back and pop that cool washcloth on your forehead because your (and my) most burning questions about perimenopause have now been answered…

How can I tell if I’m in perimenopause?

With so many perimenopause symptoms mirroring other conditions, knowing if you have entered this stage can be tricky. There is a bit of an indicator guide you can follow, however it’s always best to see your GP who can advise the best health checks based on your particular hormonal changes, and their recommended relief for your symptoms.

Grab a notebook and pencil and take note of your menstrual cycle. If you experience a persistent change of seven days or more in the length of your cycle, it could be an indicator that you are in early perimenopause. If you record a space of 60 days or more between each period, it’s likely that you’re in late perimenopause.

Other indicators are recurrent hot flashes, as well as sleep problems, mood changes, and night sweats. Your age, combined with any of the above, is also a big indicator, with most women entering perimenopause between the ages of 40 and 44 but also as early as 30.

Why has my sex drive changed so much?

Any change in our sexual desire can be challenging to navigate, but know that this change is a perfectly normal (and common) symptom of perimenopause. 

Why does it happen? Well, changes to the sexual anatomy of women during this time can occur for a number of reasons, the first simply being age. As women, it is in our physiology to have a lower libido as we get older.  

The second reason can be due to hormonal changes, or more specifically, the decline in estrogen levels. These changes in hormone levels can impact natural vaginal lubrication, where vaginal dryness can mean itching, discomfort, and pain during sex.