Menopause needn't mean giving your man a pause! The death of libido, or a new dawn of desire?

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For a woman in midlife, the hot flushes increase as her libido cools - or so we often assume. Five Femail writers and a menopause doctor reveal all . . .
For a woman in midlife, the hot flushes increase as her libido cools — or so we often assume.

New research, however, suggests that for significant numbers, sex remains a key aspect of their lives right through those menopause years and beyond.

A survey of 45 to 60-year-olds for the University of Pittsburgh revealed that for 25 per cent sex was 'highly important', while for nearly half it remained 'important'.

So what's the truth about sex, the menopause and beyond? Five Femail writers and a menopause doctor reveal all . . .

I CLING TO EVERY EMBER IN THE GRATE

Rowan Pelling, 52, has been married for 25 years.

Surely I can't be the only woman to note an orgasm knocks ten years off your face, puts a spring in your step and is free at point of access — unlike Botox or gym membership.

I may not be distracted by random feelings of desire now I'm older, but what I've gained is the certainty that sex, when it happens, won't disappoint.

My beloved and I may take longer to get in the mood than when we first met, but we're better versed at giving each other pleasure.

Rowan Pelling, 52, (pictured) has been married for 25 years and has gained the certainty that sex, when it happens, won't disappoint

I'd be surprised only 25 per cent of the women surveyed said sex was still 'highly important' to them, if it weren't for knowing how badly women are let down as they approach menopause.

As hormones fluctuate, it's common for middle-aged women to experience loss of libido, pain during intercourse and sweat‑drenched hot flushes.

And yet we still get fobbed off with antidepressants and lectures about health risks if you take hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

But new forms of body-identical HRT have negligible risks for most women. Those who do have informed access to the safest HRT generally see a surge in their energy, spirits and mental clarity (brain fog is one of the menopause's unkindest gifts) which boosts their sexual va-va-voom.

I'm hoping to get a prescription…
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