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Thank you so much!

Ive had a bumpy ride with women and womens meno forums they either think I am rubbing their nose in it OR I need to stop over thinking and get laid.

I basically was trying to get some ideas of what a "high sex drive" is like, the nitty gritty details so I could compare what I am going through to see if I am normal albeit a new normal.
As happyhusband as pointed out, I have gone from 0-10 sex drive my entire life to times when its 110 and its ALL new to me!
I feel I have no control and IT controls me when it spikes and *crying now* its scared the Hell out of me. I woudnt leave my bed for 6 weeks after acute health anxiety from Googling my symptoms and finding a rare nerve disorder that has no cure and is progressive and I seriously wanted to die than live like those poor women do.

So I became obsessed on Google not looking for symptoms of the nerve disorder but instead looking for women who would put my fears to beda bit by telling me THEY had felt the same things or still did and it was perfectly normal for them. I developed acute health anxiety from a lack of understanding what was happening to me and why or if it was normal for others because it wasn't normal for me

Sadly in my acute anxiety I came across too needy and too much of a PITA as many women had the opposite issue since meno, lack of labido or loss of ability to reach an orgasm so my "problems" were not problems they could empathise with and I took the hint to stop asking and left the menopause forum.

I just wanted to connect with women and be open frank and honest :) I am an over sharer too and that doesn't help!
 

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Re: Menopause Intense Libido Does Not Feel Natural

Note: It would be a lot easier if you kept it to one thread instead of creating two threads about the exact same thing.
It's also helpful if you give a heads up to moderators rather than telling the other member about their duplicate thread, as we can merge threads, but the other member can't. :)
 

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Thanks for replying. Its good a man responded as so far I have found women tend to be shy or they can't believe how upset I am or how desperate I am to ask questions I ask..they think I am weird I think.

I will be frank. I am grateful I am not in the same state your wife is, I think I would have had a nervous breakdown by now. So far, at its worse I had one day were I self pleasured twice in a row then had an orgasm twice in bed later with hubby. So 4 in a day but that as yet is the exception not the rule.

When I am in these phases which I do believe are hormonal I would be happy having sex every night which is not a lot at all, but I dont think it would stop these "spikes" occuring when they do, there is no rhyme or reason to them, its not as if I have not had sex for a week and so I get these spikes. If they happen, they come once a day usually afternoon or early evening and I can either lie down on my bed and just wait it out or relieve myself, but honestly most of the time its sex I need. Its like the self relief is not tricking the body it wants sex with a man. I dont have any fetishes or anything I just want penetrative sex. I bought myself my first vibrator (at 50!) a little "starter" 5 inch. Its like I hated having to admit I needed one, so I went for subtle. For almost 2 months nothing happened and i almost threw it away. Then when it came back I was scrambling for it in my drawers....hoping I hadnt because as I say it has to be penetration. Clitorial orgasm is my main stay but I need something inside me at the same time so whilst I can do that with a dildo I just NEVER gives me that almighty screaming my head off orgasm I get with my hubby.

The theory is its the body or the ovaries way of getting a woman to procreate before they finally shut down. I am 50 and have had hormonal issues since i turned 40 so I am hoping this doesnt last years or if it did i WISH I could accept them and enjoy them.. actually just accepting them would be a start rather than itching the scratch and then slipping into depression immediatly after and anxiety later because Im waiting for it to happen again... Christ knows how women cope when they're out and about. I have read that women of my age who believe they are experiencing the sex surge, use the toilets at work or go to their cars or worse, have affairs, its animal instinct. Pure. I have a new found appreciation for men who complain that wives dont want sex and I include my ex's. I had no idea how frustrating a sex drive could be. I see it from a totally different perspective now.
And whilst I dont condone it, I also have some empathy for people who have affairs if the sex life is dead at home. I never understood when people used to say how important sex was....I always thought "huh? rather read a book" It just never ever bothered me. I had little to no desire unless I was drunk. I guess my inhibitions have dampened my drive down without me consciously knowing it.

There is a great deal of shame you are correct. I am old fashioned and taught to believe women were seduced and lead back as they got seduced. I know how stupid and obnoxious that sounds as I write it out here. I am uptight and only really ever had and enjoyed sex as I say, if I was drunk (or high in my 20s) and seduced or the honymoon period of a new relationship...once you lived together for years I lost all interest... I did not initiate sex much, if at all. When I was young, I was beautiful and slim and felt "that" should be enough. (Only the young & beautiful could be so arrogant)

I feel ridiculous, like a child asking these questions but for all intents and purposes I am a child when it comes to all things sexual, I am naive and feel conflicted by this. It feels like a cruel joke. There are lots of "normal" women who have got the other side of the problem, the loss of libido and/or reaction if and when they do have sex they can no longer orgasm and they say how devestated they are. I used to read those posts and think " I couldnt care less" and to be frank given the choice, I would much prefer to be as I was than as I am.

When I posted something like this in a menopause forums, I got laughed at and/or they get pissy and *****y with me because they think I should consider myself lucky and stop moaning and over thinking about it. Mother nature it seems has a cruel sense of humour.

From what I understand, testosterone becomes dominant when Oestrogen drops, its not that testosterone increases but oestrogen drops making test' the dominant hormone.
I had bloods done in May and my Oestrogen was <18 (none existant) FSH 70 so high, those are menopause ranges but I am still having cycles.
I am on HRT 10 weeks but this started before HRT and I hoped it had gone but its back this week and feels more intense than when it started but when it started I had these episodes in addition to physical arousal without thought or provocation which is what sent me down the Doctor Google of the nerve disorder PGAD. I was having these heart pounding "I need sex and I need it now" episodes but I was so focused on the other I didnt really give them much thought. They scared me to death to feel aroused without even thinking of sex I could be holding a child or petting my dog....I basically locked myself in my bedroom and stayed in bed six weeks afraid to move. They went and now I get these whole body and mind episodes.

Apparently its normal for women to have arousal without provication too. (?) Not for me and I pray they at least never come back. The whole mess is tearing me apart. Im in deep conflict with who I am as a women and who I am having to become to deal with these physical demands. I cant just "distract myself" sadly.
I am comfortable with mild horniness, I dont freak out if I happen to read something or see something and the thought makes me horny, even now thats okay as I consider that "normal" but the out of the blue "screw me now PLEASE" feelings are terrifying.

I do have a history of trauma with sex: In my early 20s I was raped repeatedly by a boyfriend had 3 abortions and a baby I gave up when I was 17, so lots of sex related root problems that I have no doubt have added to the fear and shame I feel about this because I never "dealt" with any of that stuff at the time.

My hubby is exhausted anyway he has Rheumatoid Arthritis and this in turn causes him to have bad fatigue, hes always sleepy and tired and he works from 6.30am to 5pm five days a week.
Because of this I am very extra caring in the bed to make sure his needs are met. Gone has the "seduce me" attitude, I seduce him and make sure I make a fuss of him because I appreciate this demand I have has come from no where and I don't want him fearing me.... I would not have sex with him if i felt he was doing his duty but I would be REALLY angry too! Id have to go lie down and ride it out which is horrible but I cant sit there eating my dinner when my body is demanding sex. Its not even orgasm although that's the goal, its just a primal instinct for sex with my man. ( I work from home so no. fantasies or opportunities to have an affair thankfully)
We spoke about this and both agreed its better than its ever been. We're not awkward, we talk during about what we like and dont like so yea on that level its brilliant and should this pass as hormones die, I like to think I will make an effort to continue to "make an effort" because sex IS important in a relationship. I feel more loved and closer to him than ever and I am sure he feels the same way.

I am waiting on an appointment for Psycho sexual therapist. Cant come soon enough.

Thank you x
My wife kind of embraces it when she goes into these periods of hyper sexual arousal. She enjoys sex so she kind of takes advantage of the intensity that happens with these episodes.

It sounds like you probably have some real serious issues from your past trauma and that might be why this is causing you so much anxiety and concern. So that is something you should work on regardless of these episodes continuing or not. It seems like your situation is pretty normal, but just not for you. I would say embrace it and enjoy it. If your husband is fine doing his duty, let him, you should not feel guilty about that. You'll either get use to the way you've been feeling or it will subside. But I thinks it's great that the upside is this whole situation has seemed to spark your relationship.
 

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YES I can totally relate to most of your experience.

In the past my sex drive was very high. It was all I thought about and all I wanted.

When I went hyper sexual it was after being low libido for quite a few years. It was like being high drive x 1000. It's a totally different experience than simply being HD and wanting sex.

Like you it happened to me when I hit 50 and it was sudden. My body would shake and shiver, you could even smell the hormones. I was basically an animal in season and I needed mating. Any kind of kinky sex was on the table again but even more daring than in my past kinky days. It was an animalistic need that mind over matter had little effect on.

I was at home with a sick kid so little chance of much relief. Thankfully I wasn't working, I couldn't have coped with that. Everywhere I went men would stare at me, it was as if they picked up on something.

Thankfully my husband was up for quite a bit of raunchy sex, but it was never enough. As I was the aggressor, I was working him to orgasm, which meant I was left without my O and an exhausted husband. This caused resentment eventually and the whole long sorry episode caused problems for us.
Half of me enjoyed it because I felt more alive and like my original highly sexed self. But half of me hated it because it was never ending and was all consuming. This was the period in my life where I felt my brain being rewired as well. (Bit odd that part) I also asked to open our marriage, as that seemed an ideal solution for me at the time and tapped into some of my core feelings.

Stop using Google to freak yourself out.
As your existing view of sex was much different than mine. I'm not sure if there is any advice I can give you regarding how to deal with it. Except maybe try to have some fun with it before its gone again.
 

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YES I can totally relate to most of your experience.

In the past my sex drive was very high. It was all I thought about and all I wanted.

When I went hyper sexual it was after being low libido for quite a few years. It was like being high drive x 1000. It's a totally different experience than simply being HD and wanting sex.

Like you it happened to me when I hit 50 and it was sudden. My body would shake and shiver, you could even smell the hormones. I was basically an animal in season and I needed mating. Any kind of kinky sex was on the table again but even more daring than in my past kinky days. It was an animalistic need that mind over matter had little effect on.

I was at home with a sick kid so little chance of much relief. Thankfully I wasn't working, I couldn't have coped with that. Everywhere I went men would stare at me, it was as if they picked up on something.

Thankfully my husband was up for quite a bit of raunchy sex, but it was never enough. As I was the aggressor, I was working him to orgasm, which meant I was left without my O and an exhausted husband. This caused resentment eventually and the whole long sorry episode caused problems for us.
Half of me enjoyed it because I felt more alive and like my original highly sexed self. But half of me hated it because it was never ending and was all consuming. This was the period in my life where I felt my brain being rewired as well. (Bit odd that part) I also asked to open our marriage, as that seemed an ideal solution for me at the time and tapped into some of my core feelings.

Stop using Google to freak yourself out.
As your existing view of sex was much different than mine. I'm not sure if there is any advice I can give you regarding how to deal with it. Except maybe try to have some fun with it before its gone again.

Thank you! :)

Its most certainly in conflict with my upbringing... I think its happening when I am due on my period the problem is my last finished less than a week ago and I am having PMS from Hell and other signs I am about to start again, I had 3 in Dec one a week apart too.

I am getting things off my chest ive held onto all my life and not taking any crap from family which means for me my 50th was spent in bed crying as my family have fallen out with me for expressing my anger and pain from old wounds that never healed. I am a ticking time bomb it seems.

I think had I experienced this stuff before I would recognise it even if it was extreme as it is, but i recall my mum and sister both saying they had no sex drive so I assumed it was the same for me and it never bothered me.

I do appreciate your sharing of your experience and yes its EXACTLY like animal instinct its bloody hideous and not something you can "distract yourself" out of, its too strong.
 

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It seems that during menopause, whatever you haven't dealt with in life comes back.

I have also been getting a lot of pain off my chest. It seems like all my unresolved traumas came back at once and it was quite overwhelming. Even a couple of traumas from my childhood.

My husband had caused some problems in our marriage earlier, and I've had a hard time getting over them a 2nd time. So this menopause has affected our relationship.

I found writing helped as I had to go over the pain many times before coming to peace with it. This way I could swear and be nasty then go back and rewrite it once I was calmer.

I've learnt a lot about non confrontational communication.

Hope things start to settle down for you soon.
 

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Thank you so much!

Ive had a bumpy ride with women and womens meno forums they either think I am rubbing their nose in it OR I need to stop over thinking and get laid.

I basically was trying to get some ideas of what a "high sex drive" is like, the nitty gritty details so I could compare what I am going through to see if I am normal albeit a new normal.


I feel I have no control and IT controls me when it spikes and *crying now* its scared the Hell out of me. I woudnt leave my bed for 6 weeks after acute health anxiety from Googling my symptoms and finding a rare nerve disorder that has no cure and is progressive and I seriously wanted to die than live like those poor women do.
There is some value to stop overthinking and get laid. The crying thing is why. When I get a sex spike and am not getting the sex I need, I tend to get over emotional. Having sex is like an outlet, a relief valve, and keeps me on a more even keel. Might work for you, too.

Stop the Googling.

I had a high sex drive in my teens and remember being absolutely sex obsessed physically and mentally. Then I settled into my normal high drive until peri-menopause. Now, I'm back to where I was as a teen. I'm choosing to embrace it, but I can see how that may be difficult for you. I hope seeing a professional helps.
 

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There is some value to stop overthinking and get laid. The crying thing is why. When I get a sex spike and am not getting the sex I need, I tend to get over emotional. Having sex is like an outlet, a relief valve, and keeps me on a more even keel. Might work for you, too.

Stop the Googling.

I had a high sex drive in my teens and remember being absolutely sex obsessed physically and mentally. Then I settled into my normal high drive until peri-menopause. Now, I'm back to where I was as a teen. I'm choosing to embrace it, but I can see how that may be difficult for you. I hope seeing a professional helps.
Hi

Sorry for the late reply.

Its been 5 weeks since it happened and yesterday it happened again I am due on my period which currently are anything between 1 week and 2 weeks apart so as you can imagine I am all over the place.

There's no doubt about it my reaction to these spikes are the biggest issue for me. It makes me fear them. I am terrified of it happening. I noticed yesterday that just sitting and leaning in my chair at the PC was making me aroused so I leaned in longer and sure enough heart rate went up and I want to see it through to the end so I did.
Then later I drove in the car and I was obsessed with sex I wanted it no needed it a few times I felt like pulling over to deal with it but I did not. I managed to get home and within minutes it all faded away. Then later that night it came back not as strong but I kept wondering whether waking my partner up would be a good idea. I didnt

It bothers me becauses its not who I am. These sensations are new and alien to me. And we fear what we dont understand.

I thought I had PGAD and I wanted to die and that acute anxiety about having that horrible nerve disorder still haunts me. I still have anxiety I have it when I feel these episodes but last time it happened when I had sex the feelings passed at least until the next day and then it went for 5 weeks until now. I was due on my period last time it happened too.

I know logically its hormones everything points to it. but I never had this at puberty or in my teens or twenties thirties etc -

I wish I had a group of female friends who could talk with and get the nitty gritty of what they feel and how it works with them.

Anyway clearly I have anxiety issues about this :(

Thanks for your reply xxx
 
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