No more periods, cramping, bloating or PMS to ruin your mood—or your plans between the sheets? It may sound divine, but entering the menopausal phase of your life can also come with a few downsides. Among the less-than-sexy side effects of this major body change are a lowered libido, difficulty becoming aroused, painful intercourse and, worst of all, fewer orgasms. And because of these physical hindrances, women in their 50s, 60s and early 70s are having infrequent sex, as little as less than twice a month, according to a study from the New England Journal of Medicine.
But having an orgasm after menopause isn’t impossible. In fact, there are loads of ways to address the common symptoms of menopause that many women face so you can get your love game back on track and enjoy having sex with your partner again. For some help, we’ve got the lowdown on why reaching orgasm after menopause may be challenging, how to address painful sex you may experience and some savvy tips for improving your love life on the whole.