6 Early Signs of Menopause

Lower Sex Drive

Even without vaginal dryness, women can notice a lower interest in sex. Changes in libido may go unnoticed in the chaos of a stressful life, but eventually, you may realize that you don’t seem as interested in sex anymore, or that your orgasms are not as intense.

Libido is an amalgam of physiological processes and psychological and emotional elements, so finding a solution will probably involve talking to both your doctor and your partner.

You may be experiencing any or none of these symptoms as you enter perimenopause. When the signs of menopause begin to disrupt your life, or if you think you are having an early menopause, it’s time to discuss them with your health care provider. The better you prepare for this transition, the more it can be a positive rite of passage.


Boston’s Women’s Health Book Collective, Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause, Touchstone/Simon and Shuster, New York. 2006.