You may have heard the news that my fabulous friend and colleague, Jenny Burrell and I recently teamed up to launch our new, updated and expanded 3rd Age online certification programme for menopausal women’s health. This course goes deep and wide into the health and wellness issues that affect women at midlife and beyond, so as healthcare providers we can meet their needs and help women live well – its not about surviving your Menopause but maybe actually….thriving….during and after it!!
We cover a lot of different topics – you can check out the deets here but one module that was unsurprisingly close to my heart, was the module on Pelvic Health and Wellbeing. We have modules on bladder function and dysfunction, bowel health, pelvic organ prolapse avoidance and management (including a fabulous interview with Sue Croft) and a presentation on sexual health, featuring an interview with my friend Heather Jeffcoat. The interview is so good, I thought we couldn’t just keep it in the course so I’m sharing it here with you all. Heather is the author of ‘Sex Without Pain’, a book I highly recommend if you or your patients/clients are suffering with sexual pain.
Now, one of the biggest issues women report as problematic at menopause is sleep disruption. This, coupled with hormonal changes which can affect lubrication, can really have an impact on midlife sexual health and enjoyment. In a recent paper by Smith et al (2019), the authors report that low sleep quality is associated with decreased arousal and decreased orgasmic ability (men were not similarly affected!) We have TONS of resources in the course to optimise sleep strategies…
Similarly, difficulties with lubrication can also be an obstacle to sexual health…but which lubricant to choose?
Considerations may include:
Is it Parabens, Phthalate & Glycerin free & PH-balanced?
Silicone lubricants: Best for longer lasting pleasure, you can use it daily for comfort, it lasts in the shower/bath and it is safe with latex condoms BUT should not be used with silicon dilators/toys
Water based lubricants: Best for inserting dilators and vibrators, good for daily comfort and safe with silicone vibrators/toys as well as safe with latex condoms
Oil based lubricants: should not be used with silicone vibrators or latex condoms but ok for daily comfort. Can help make water based lube last longer – if you apply the oil based lube first and then apply the water based on top of it – best of both worlds!
Have a listen to the chat Heather and I had and if you’d like to learn more about helping women live well at Menopause….come and join our tribe of 3rdAge Certified Menopause experts!
Until next time,
Onwards & Upwards!