Too few women talk about their sex lives

Published: 29th April 2017

Around 80% of women who I meet in my menopause clinic tell me that they have not had sex with their partners for more than two years. They tell me they still love their husbands though. Sometimes this is because they have symptoms of vaginal dryness and sexual intercourse is uncomfortable and painful. Other women have reduced or no libido. Many women tell me they have never spoken about this to anyone else and are reassured that they are not alone.  Women’s hour on Radio 4 have recently discussed sex robots which are being developed and are powered by artificial intelligence. This programme has created a huge amount of debate, which is understandable. Is it better that men use these robots than seek sex elsewhere? I do not know the answer. However, what I do know is that for most of my patients their libido returns with the right type of HRT. Women need to seek help and advice about any sexual problems they are experiencing.

Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre was founded by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson, and officially opened in September 2018 by Liz Earle MBE. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, as well as running educational events for primary care clinicians.

Dr Newson is also the founder of the Menopause Doctor website, a free resource since 2017, providing the latest unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women as well as the most recent national and international menopause articles and guidelines for healthcare professionals. The website has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library aimed at patients and healthcare professionals wishing to learn more about the menopause.

Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Dr Newson, from which all profits gained from the organisation's activities, such as event sponsorship, delegate fees and speaker's fees, are invested back into the business.