Forget what you think you know about sex and menopause.

For a healthy sex life after menopause, don’t hold back!

Whether you're currently going through menopause or are expecting the change in the next few years, it's understandable to have a few concerns. After all, who hasn't heard horror stories about hot flashes, mood swings and vaginal dryness? However, there are ways to manage some of the most frustrating physical and emotional aspects of this shift. In fact, letting go of your preconceptions could be the first step to doing so – especially when it comes to your sex life.

Woman's Day Magazine notes that many women assume their sex lives will come to an abrupt halt when they reach this period. Vaginal dryness can certainly throw a wrench in the works, but one that is easily surmountable with the right water-based lubricant. Gynecologist Hope Ricciotti, MD, also told the source that the more sexually active you are after menopause, the easier it will be to get in the mood.

"The vagina is a 'use it or lose it' place [during menopause]," Dr. Ricciotti explained. "The act of having intercourse stimulates blood flow to the vagina and keeps it healthy."

When it comes to maintaining an active, healthy sex life after menopause, you can be your own worst enemy. Don't let misconceptions about your sexual health or attractiveness stop you from asking for what you want in the bedroom! The truth is, at this stage in life you are probably more in tune with your body and your needs than ever before, so break out your favorite arousal gel and gear up for years of sexual satisfaction!

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