Often falling to the bottom of the busy midlife woman’s to do list, sex and relationships can end up on the back burner at this life stage, where feelings of resentment can simmer. Add to that the loss of libido that can occur during peri-menopause due to fluctuating hormones, as well as physical changes that can have a devastating effect on a woman’s sex life, and it’s no wonder that divorce peaks in this age group.
Through their conversations with relationship coaches and sexual health therapists, Trish and Lorraine explore the emotional and physical barriers to intimacy that can be hard to break through in the rush of everyday life (especially when an evening on the sofa with a Netflix box set is calling). How to communicate properly with a partner, how to ask for what you want in a relationship, and how to re-establish intimacy in the bedroom are discussed with warmth and sensitivity with therapists such as SuzI Godson.While the physical effects of peri-menopause - vaginal dryness and atrophy -are given the expert treatment in episodes featuring Dr Shahzadi Harper and Dr Paula Briggs. And when a relationship does end, reassuring voices such as writer Rosie Green share their journeys from heartbreak to happiness.
Joining Lorraine and Trish to talk about the day her husband left the family home, writer Rosie Green shares how she survived the aftermath, navigated the divorce, protected her children and ventured into the world of dating for the first time in more than 20 years.
Trish and Lorraine find out what to do if your sex life has become a peri-menopause casualty. Joined by the sexual and reproductive health expert and menopause specialist, Dr Paula Briggs, they discuss how to revive a lost libido and how to recognise symptoms of sexual health disorders. And they explore treatments for the 80% of women who suffer a degree of vaginal atrophy at this life stage.
Physical, emotional and hormonal changes can all play havoc with your sex life. To find out how to get back in the pleasure zone, Lorraine and Trish talk to Dr Shahzadi Harper about vaginal health, libido boosts and favourite sex toys.
If your sex drive isn’t what it used to be and the most exciting thing that’s happened in the bedroom lately is a Netflix binge, well...you’re not alone. In the first episode of Postcards from Midlife, Lorraine and Trish find out how to rediscover desire, intimacy and pleasure with Suzi Godson, The Times sex and relationships columnist, as well as how to understand and support your teens as they start to explore their own sexuality.
Trish and Lorraine team up with actress Tamzin Outhwaite to discover what it’s really like dating a (20 years!) younger man when you’re hitting perimenopause, and why she’s finding midlife a time of great freedom.