Looking into whether regular orgasms can alleviate menopausal symptoms, whether it helps stimulate production of estrogen etc.

Researchers suggest that orgasms can increase production of hormones, including estrogen, dopamine, and oxytocin. Most women going through menopause are stressed following the symptoms that come with this stage. For instance, they may experience sleep disturbance due to hot flushes and anxiety. But with an orgasm, oxytocin reduces cortisol production- the stress hormone, and promote relaxation. Dopamine is great for making such women happy, thus managing mood swings. Therefore, it is true that orgasms help regulate menopausal symptoms and increase estrogen levels.

Also looking into why having orgasms can get more difficult as women reach menopause, and how to combat that.

Women at menopause may experience hardships in getting an orgasm because with age, blood flow to the genitals is more slowly during arousal, thus reducing sexual sensitivity that causes longer time to orgasm. But the following techniques can better the situation;

Do not overlook extra lubrication

During menopause, there is less estrogen and progesterone production, which means less natural lubrication despite arousal. But using artificial lubrication can reduce friction and increase sensitivity, making it easier for achieving an orgasm.

More direct stimulation

While menopausal transition involves less blood flow to the genitals, perhaps taking more time or using a different approach will be a great hack. For example, you can touch, rub, or stroke your clit using lube to see changes. Sex toys can also help boost sensitivity, whether in solo play or with a partner.

Barbara Santini

Barbara is a freelance writer and a sex and relationships adviser at Dimepiece LA and Peaches and Screams. Barbara is involved in various educational initiatives aimed at making sex advice more accessible to everyone and breaking stigmas around sex across various cultural communities. In her spare time, Barbara enjoys trawling through vintage markets in Brick Lane, exploring new places, painting and reading.

MS, University of Tartu
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Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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