#WeLove – Naomi Watts on Life and Sex After Menopause
At 55, English actress Naomi Watts shows no signs of slowing down. Beyond her remarkable acting projects (Did you catch the mini-series “The Watcher” on Netflix?), Naomi is vocal about menopause and the process of ageing. Her Instagram videos addressing the taboos surrounding menopause have garnered such attention that they inspired her to launch a product line tailored for this stage in a woman’s life. Curious to know more? Continue reading as we delve into Naomi Watts’ new role as an advocate for life and sex after menopause.
Naomi Watts Started by Opening Up About Her Hot Flashes.
Anyone experiencing pre-menopause or menopause understands the severity of these sudden heat surges. They’re a prevalent symptom, triggered by hormonal shifts, notably the reduction in estrogen levels. While not all women experience this, a significant number do. The frequency and intensity, which remain somewhat a mystery to medicine, can be influenced by factors like genetics, weight, and consumption of tobacco and alcohol.
So, what made Naomi Watts’ video on her hot flashes resonate with so many? Simply put, this topic remains largely unspoken, even among women. The absence of information and unfamiliar physical changes often leave many in the dark about what’s truly happening. How often is a woman in this life stage mistakenly perceived as merely being depressed? Open dialogue can make a world of difference.
Naomi Watts believes society often views older women as “unsexy, infertile, crabby old ladies that should be sent out to pasture.“
The Importance of Discussing Sex During Menopause.
Sex during menopause is another topic shrouded in taboo. Hormonal shifts can significantly impact one’s sex life. Typically, reduced estrogen levels can lead to decreased libido, vaginal dryness, and altered orgasmic experiences. Moreover, many women report feeling fatigued, experiencing mood fluctuations, and struggling with body image and self-worth. It’s worth noting that weight gain during this period is not uncommon. Instead of seeking support from friends or partners, many women suffer in silence. In such pivotal times, isolation can exacerbate the challenges.
This is where Naomi Watts’ advocacy for life and sex after menopause shines. She’s established a platform for thousands of women to share their concerns and seek solace in shared experiences. She’s championed the use of vaginal lubricants and has been a vocal proponent of open conversations with partners.
In the documentary PERIODICAL, which focuses on menstruation and menopause, Naomi Watts candidly remarks, “I might be closed for business, but I’m open for pleasure.“
Subsequently, Naomi Watts Introduced The “Stripes” Product Line.
This range of beauty and wellness products is designed specifically for women navigating pre-menopause or menopause. The line boasts an array of items, from shampoos to vaginal creams and dietary supplements. However, to me, it’s not just about the products.
Naomi’s initiative to spark conversations and demystify this phase in a woman’s life truly sets her apart. In a Forbes magazine interview, Naomi insightfully notes, “Our wisdom and compassion far surpass youthful arrogance.” She adds, with a hint of humour, “Along with some mood swings and floods of tears on the side.”
Here you can check Naomi’s Stripe products and here is her Instagram account.
Extra For You, a List of The Symptoms and Impact of Menopause
- Hot Flashes: Sudden feelings of warmth, often accompanied by sweating and flushing of the skin.
- Night Sweats: Similar to hot flashes, but occurring during sleep, which can lead to disrupted sleep patterns.
- Irregular Periods: Menopause is confirmed when a woman hasn’t had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months.
- Mood Changes: Many women experience mood swings, irritability, and even depression during menopause.
- Vaginal Dryness: Decreased estrogen levels can lead to vaginal dryness, discomfort during intercourse, and an increased risk of urinary tract infections.
- Sleep Disturbances: Insomnia or other sleep problems can become more common during menopause.
- Changes in Libido: Some women may experience a decrease in sexual desire.
- Weight Gain: Changes in hormonal levels can lead to weight gain, particularly around the abdomen.
- Changes in Hair and Skin: Thinning hair and drier skin are also possible due to hormonal shifts.
- Joint and Muscle Pain: Some women may experience joint and muscle pain.
It’s important to note that not all women will experience all of these symptoms, and the severity can vary from person to person. If someone is experiencing significant discomfort or disruption due to menopausal symptoms, they should consider consulting a healthcare professional for guidance and potential treatment options.
A Note from the Author, who has been navigating menopause for several years:
If, like me, you either can’t or choose not to undergo hormone replacement therapy (HRT), here are some strategies that have been beneficial for me:
- 1- Swap out coffee for tea. Eliminate alcohol and smoking from your routine.
- 2- Embrace the principles of the Mediterranean diet. Cut back on sugars and processed foods.
- 3- Stay active. Engage in any form of exercise that you enjoy, and make it a daily habit.
- 4- Prioritize getting a good night’s sleep and aim to go to bed early.
- 5- Whether you choose to pray or meditate, find solace in these practices. Personally, I lean towards prayer.
- 6- Begin each day by smiling at your reflection in the mirror and expressing gratitude for the life you have.
- 7- Invest in a handheld fan. Scatter a few around your home and keep one in your bag. Don’t hesitate to use it when needed.
- 8- Reflect on the reasons you fell in love with your husband and rekindle that passion. Continue to cherish moments of joy, laughter, and the intimate bond you share.
Title photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ United States of America via commons.wikimedia.org