At some point in their lives, about 20 percent of women experience painful intercourse, a condition called dyspareunia. The pain could also be caused by another problem, such as infection, an allergic reaction or even an early warning of developing cancer.)Many women find that their libidos take a nose dive as they get older.
When this happens to women after menopause, it's often because of hormonal changes in vaginal tissue—hence the ad campaigns for vaginal estrogen. Hormones may play a role here, too, but low desire can also reflect how a woman feels about aging, her fitness level, stress, medications she is taking or problems in her relationship.
Men can take a pill to stay aroused and enjoy sex as they get older, but women's responses are far more complex.
All these obstacles to fulfilling sex converge just at the time in our lives when a lot of us were hoping that we could have a little fun after years of raising kids and running busy households.
Without a partner, of course, this means DIY (masturbating).