When Kathy Phillips approached menopause , she thought back to her mother's experience with the transition. In Phillips' memories, when her mother went through menopause, she began dressing old and actually became old. Phillips, 57, worried that she'd follow in her mother's footsteps, but that wasn't her experience. You can still be extremely sexy and past menopause," Phillips said. In fact, her transition into midlife brought greater confidence and sexual awareness. As Phillips disovered, menopause can bring new challenges, but that doesn't mean she has to say goodbye to a good and satisfying sex life.
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New research suggests that women who are more sexually active may continue to ovulate longer than women who have sex less frequently. But is the saying also accurate for women when it comes to sex and fertility? A study published on January 15, , in the journal Royal Society Open Science found that women who had sex at least once a week were 28 percent less likely to go through menopause compared with women who engaged in sexual activity less than once a month. Women who had monthly sex were 19 percent less likely to experience menopause than women who had sex less than that. Women were asked how often they engaged in sexual activity of any kind, not just intercourse. Any sexual touching or caressing, oral sex, and masturbation counted as sex. The maximum amount of sexual activity from any of those behaviors was used as the sexual frequency number, or sex index.
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Menopause occurs when your ovaries stop releasing eggs and your monthly period stops. Perimenopause is the time leading up to menopause, when your ovaries are running out of eggs. It is generally advised you use contraception until at least one year after your periods have ceased, if you are over the age of This is because a pregnancy late in your reproductive life increases your risk of health problems, and the risk of birth defects for your child.