My partner has gone off sex since the menopause and now I feel frustrated and neglected

Dear Coleen

Both myself and my partner of six years are in our early 50s and for the past three years she as been going through the menopause with its associated symptoms – night sweats, mood swings and so on.

I believe, in fact I’m sure, that I have supported her very well during this time with this and other work and family problems that have cropped up.

I really don’t want to sound selfish but my problem is that her sex drive is at an all-time low and I’m like any red-blooded male in that I want intimacy from time to time.

I have always had a high sex drive, but for most of the time was happy to fit in with my partner’s lower sex drive.

Lately, however, she is saying that sex is not important to her any more and that she could live without it.

It really hurt

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