By Jenny Block
Published December 09, 2010
Many people like to think they know everything about sex. Interestingly, the more someone claims to know, the less they generally do know. The problem is, the only thing worse than not having the right information, is walking around acting like you do. It’s a particularly dangerous practice when a relationship is at stake.
So, in the name of myth busting, I enlisted the help of Alicia Stanton, MD, a board-certified OB/GYN and the author of “Hormone Harmony,” who specializes in treating men and women suffering hormone imbalances. She’s helped many patients overcome low sex drive and low libido.
So, here’s her take on the top nine sex-related myths and what the real scoop is about sex, desire, and making it all work.
Myth: Interest in sex decreases with menopause.
Reality: Many women maintain hormonal balance and interest in sex through menopause. And, pregnancy and menstruation are no longer a concern, spontaneity can reign. Also, they are typically more confident and knowledgeable about what they want, so sex has the potential to be better than ever.
Myth: If you’re connected with your partner, you shouldn’t have to ask for what you need.
Reality: Even if you and your partner haven’t previously spoken much about your sexual relationship, it might be good to start talking. This is especially true if you’re entering a new phase of life, including childbirth, menopause, or andropause, often called male menopause. If you begin to notice changes in your body or sexual desire, be sure to let your partner know what’s going on. And, remember, communicating about what feels good enhances the experience for both of you.