Estrogen loss can also shrink the clitoris (a major player in a woman's sexual pleasure and orgasm) and reduce blood flow to the clitoris.
These may include: A midlife crisis can lead to "growth or destruction" for men, Margolies says.
You can look for the causes of the unhappiness you feel, then make thoughtful decisions to address them. On the other hand, making impulsive decisions, like trading in your familiar life for a relationship with a younger partner that quickly ends or buying a car you can't afford, leads to destruction.
Many men go through a phase when they take a hard look at the life they're living.
They think they could be happier, and if they need to make a big change, they feel the urge to do it soon. By realizing you're in this phase, then making wise choices, you can steer yourself out of a midlife crisis and into a happier life.
One of the most significant changes occurs in your vagina.
Like many parts of your body, your vagina relies on estrogen to keep it healthy.
Colarusso, who has a special interest in issues that affect adults as they age, most often sees men struggling with these midlife questions in their 40s and early 50s. Colarusso says this may include not being satisfied with your career, your marriage, or your health, and feeling the urge to take action to make them better.
You feel that your time for taking a new direction is running short.
Only a third said their interest had declined—and we have no way of knowing why that was.
In men, the midlife years are also associated with declining levels of testosterone.
Low estrogen levels can lead to thinner vaginal walls, increasing the risk of tears during sex and sometimes causing itching, burning and dryness.