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Heather Jeffcoat at Healthline
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The highly trafficked website Healthline has penned yet another article in which the author Gabrielle Kassel quotes our own Heather Jeffcoat on the topic of sexual wellness.

What to expect in your 30s

For vulva owners, the 30s might as well be called the Do It All decade.

It’s a time when many vulva owners are trying to build a career, sustain a (or many) romantic relationship(s), be a parent, spend time with friends, and more. Because the entire endocrine system is connected, when your cortisol levels surge, it can throw your sex hormones out of whack. That’s why this can be a decade of sky-high stress and ground-low libido, especially for new parents.

Heather Jeffcoat, a doctor of physical therapy who specializes in sexual dysfunction and incontinence, adds that the body goes through a temporary period during pregnancy and breastfeeding that mirrors menopause.

There may be a decrease in estrogen that makes sex feel less good without the addition of lube,” she says. Noted.

What to expect in your 40s

The 40s are a decade of hormonal havoc, as most vulva owners enter perimenopause in their mid-to-late 40s.

Perimenopause can cause symptoms like vaginal dryness, mood changes, and weight gain, all of which can make sex physically and psychologically less comfortable and enjoyable.

Sex tips and tricks

For starters: lube!

When vulva owners’ estrogen levels dip, they lose natural lubrication, so if they aren’t already, they need to begin supplementing with a lubricant,”

says Jeffcoat.

Second, switch it up! Especially if you’re still having the same type of sex you were having in your 20s.

You need to update what your sex life looks like in your 40s,” says Jeffcoat. “This may include different positions, more or different lube, working through psychological barriers, and incorporating more outercourse.”

What to expect in your 50s and beyond

The average age most vulva owners hit menopause is 51.

Menopause can bring along changes like even less lubrication and less elasticity, which can make penetration painful,” says Jeffcoat.

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