The menopause can affect your sex life in ways you never imagined during your thirties and forties. A drop in oestrogen not only causes you to produce less lubrication during sex, but can also make you less responsive to stimulation, making orgasm harder to achieve.
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The good news is that vibrators and lubricants have come a long way in recent years. Whether you use them with or without a partner, now's the time to experiment!
1. Best for extra power
If you're looking for super-intense vibrations, the Doxy Extra Powerful UK Massage Wand Vibrator delivers. Mains-powered, it features a variety of different speeds and patterns, including one that starts slow and escalates. Be warned, all that power means it's on the heavy side and noisy compared to other types on the market. £89.99
2. Best for being small and discreet
If your partner is likely to turn pale at you whipping out a big vibrator, opt for something small and discreet. The Love Missile Bullet Vibrator is small but surprisingly powerful and has three different speed settings. £6.99.
3. Best for hitting your G-spot
Because vaginal walls get thinner after the menopause, it's easier to stimulate your G-spot in your fifties in beyond – and there are curved vibrators shaped especially for the purpose. If you mainly orgasm through clitoral stimulation and want a change, give the G-Slim G-Spot Vibrator a try. £14.99.
4. Best for being quiet
When discretion is the most important thing, Lovehoney's Silencer 2.0 is a good choice. It's whisper quiet yet powerful, giving you the best of both worlds. It's waterproof too, and safe to use in the bath or shower. £16.99.
5. Best for a couples massage
If your partner isn't ready for the idea of a sex toy, try introducing a vibrating massage aid to the bedroom. The Jimmyjane Contour M Massager Stone is designed to deliver broad strokes across the shoulders and back, while the small nodules on the opposite side are ideal for working on individual knots. £16.99.
6. Best for variety and performance
The best way to keep things exciting is to change things up. The Eroscillator 2 Deluxe Clitoral Vibrator comes with six different attachments, so you'll never get bored. And because it's mains powered, it's pretty powerful too. £199.99.
7. Best for remote fun
If you're feeling adventurous, try going out for the evening wearing some vibrating kegel balls. Boasting seven vibration modes and a smooth silicone coating, the Miu Miu balls provide toning as well as stimulation. Give the control to your partner, and a world of fun awaits you. £59.99.
8. Best for couples
For clitoral stimulation during penetration, try a vibrating cock ring. USB rechargeable, the Tracey Cox Supersex USB Rechargeable Love Ring has five powerful vibration settings – and will help him stay longer for harder, as well as hitting the spot for you. £14.00.