Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
Just as every women experiences menopause differently, women may or may not
experience changes in sexual function after menopause. Since estrogen levels are
lower after menopause, some women may notice that their libido, or sex drive, is
decreased. Low estrogen levels can also lead to a decreased blood flow to the
vagina, resulting in difficulty with lubrication or dryness that can make sexual
intercourse less pleasant and painful for many women.
Not all women report negative changes in sexual function after menopause. For
example, some women may find sex to be more enjoyable without the fear of
pregnancy or without the potential stresses of having small children.