According to 42,000 women, painful sex and libido are the symptoms that are having the greatest impact on women’s lives. These discomforts can range from poor lubrication and irritation, to changes to the shape of the vagina and dramatic shifts in mood. As a result, it’s not unusual to experience a growing sense of distance when it comes to intimacy.
Relate, the UK’s largest provider of relationship support, offer their advice:
“During menopause your sex life is likely to be very different as you adjust to the biological changes that you are going through. Having a lower sex drive can be an unavoidable part of the menopause, but if both partners can work on trying to approach their sex life differently and take the pressure off getting back to how they were before, you are likely to be able to tap into a desire to have more sex.”
Whether you’re looking to reignite that spark or practice some soothing self-care, there are many product options and treatments that can help with both comfort and pleasure. Don’t let menopause get in the way, here’s our guide to some of the most popular and effective products that you can try this Valentine’s Day.
Lady Prelox – Natural Libido Supplement
This award-winning supplement contains a plant-based patented formula and has been designed to naturally support female sexual pleasure, desire and comfort. Lady Prelox is a firm favourite amongst women seeking an alternative to the topical and sometimes invasive treatments that are on the market.
Lip Organic Intimate Oil – Coconut and Vanilla
This gentle and intimate oil is 100% natural and can be used as an alternative to soap to cleanse and nurture your skin. Ideal for women who are looking for a natural moisture balance and relief from symptoms such as vaginal dryness or irritation.
Me & My Menopausal Vagina, by Jane Lewis
This one-of-a-kind take on menopause is informative, serious, tear-jerking and guaranteed to make you laugh. In her unique tongue in cheek style, Jane Lewis takes you on her journey of menopause with an aim to break the taboos of vaginal atrophy.
Scentered LOVE Therapy Balm
This comforting therapy balm has been carefully formulated with a romantic blend to enhance sensuality and emotional connectivity. With moringa and soothing shea butters, it’s the perfect pick-me-up to relax and unwind either with others or when you’re in need of some soothing self-care.
Hanx – Vegan Condoms
Endorsed by medical professionals and approved by gynaecologists, Hanx condoms have been designed with the female experience in mind. Silky smooth and made from 100% natural fair trade latex, these shelfie-worthy condoms are kind to you as well as the environment.
Nessa – Vagina Victory Oil
This multi-purpose oil is recommended by some of the UK’s leading women’s health experts, and works to improve elasticity as well as provide much-needed relief from the discomfort of hormonal dryness. It’s perfectly PH balanced and free from fragrance and essential oils, making it suitable for the most intimate of skin.
Pukka Red Ginseng Supplement
Celebrated for it’s health benefits, Red Ginseng is popularly used to help boost energy, vitality and libido. With whole ginseng root (rather than an extract), and sustainably cultivated herbs, this high-quality supplement looks provide you with the full potential of nature’s goodness.
Lelo Mia 2 – Mini vibrating massager
Mia 2 offers you an ideal discreet way to understand your body, especially as it goes through the changes of menopause. Blending style with convenience, this lipstick compact massager is fully waterproof and offers 6 thrilling vibration patterns to find your perfect level of pleasure.
The M Word – Philippa Kaye
Menopause doesn’t have to be the end of your libido, or who you used to be. In this positive, uplifting read, Philippa Kaye covers everything from managing relationships to which treatments really work. A one-stop guide that’s sure to be your companion through the years before, during and after menopause.
YES YES YES Lubricants
Vaginal dryness is common during menopause due to fluctuating hormone levels, but a personal lubricant such YES can provide relief while facilitating your pleasure. YES organic lubricants are all chemical free and created with the finest quality ingredients for the softest, smoothest, gliding comfort during intimacy.
Weleda Wild Rose Body Oil
Look and feel radiant with a veil of silky moisturising oil, perfect for post-bath pampering. The precious floral oil of wild roses has been carefully blended with hydrating sweet almond and jobaba, to leave your skin glowing with radiance as the scent of damask roses transforms the moment.