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Advice column: Onset of menopause has reduced my sex drive and left me exhausted

This week, GP and author Dr Mary Ryan advises a reader on the use of hormone replacement therapy and other measures she can take to deal with menopause

Menopause is no longer a negative phenomenon but a positive one where women look after themselves and embrace life like they never did before. Picture: Getty

Dear Expert,

I am a woman in my early 50s from Dublin. My menopause symptoms have come into full force over the last year, and sex is not coming as naturally between my partner and I. We enjoyed a full sex life until the last 12 months, but it has become strained since then. I have a much-reduced sex drive, and generally just feel exhausted all the time. I am sure this is as a ...