Naomi Watts is not one to draw back from conversations about menopause. In June, the actor opened up about being diagnosed with early menopause at age 36 and shared how the psychological and bodily results like temper swings, hot flashes, and migraines took a toll on her physique.

“Going by way of menopause at such a younger age was not straightforward, particularly throughout a time when there was so little info obtainable about it,” she mentioned in an interview with Hello! Magazine. “I used to be feeling like I used to be spiraling uncontrolled.”

But the actor, 54, is not solely opening up in regards to the detrimental experiences related to menopause. During a speech at a wellness occasion referred to as “Unlocking Intimacy: Navigating Passion in Midlife” on Aug. 31 within the Hamptons, Watts revealed that she believes intercourse with husband Billy Crudup has solely gotten higher since menopause, in accordance with the Daily Mail.

“I personally suppose intercourse turns into extra pleasurable while you take out the worry of creating infants,” she mentioned. “It feels extra, ‘I’m going to do that for myself.’ You’re extra assured with your self, you have had expertise, you are wiser, you are not going to be all like, ‘Oh I wish to flip the lights down,'” Watts additional clarified.

Although many ladies report experiencing “decreases in libido, orgasm, and frequency of coitus,” in accordance with analysis published in the National Library of Medicine, Watts mentioned she’s had the other expertise. “We’ve heard tonight that there are issues, maintaining the intercourse and the libido alive and all the things, however generally individuals have the entire reverse impact,” she famous.

As for what Watts credit her energetic libido and “higher intercourse” to? Healthy communication along with her associate.

“I personally suppose intercourse turns into extra pleasurable while you take out the worry of creating infants,” she mentioned. “It feels extra, ‘I’m going to do that for myself.'”

“If you’ll be able to speak to your associate, for those who may be trustworthy and have a very genuine dialog and take away the awkwardness, and more often than not, in the event that they’re good individuals, they are going to be empathetic. And that is sizzling — that is actually sizzling while you may be trustworthy and the dialog lands very well,” she mentioned on the occasion.

Watts shared extra about her personal expertise courting throughout menopause, together with feeling nervous about carrying estrogen patches on her pores and skin at the start of her relationship with Crudup. “I used to be carrying my patch and I used to be nervous that my new lover was going to see it,” she defined.

But as soon as she determined to be trustworthy with Crudup in regards to the patches and her hormone modifications, this openness modified her intercourse life for the higher.

“The minute I introduced honesty into the room, regardless of how awkward and laborious that was for me — I’ve had a lot disgrace about it — he knew tips on how to behave, he knew what cues to observe, he was 100% empathetic and I can safely say we went on to have, , fairly nice intercourse that evening,” she mentioned, in accordance with the Daily Mail.

After experiencing the highs and lows of menopause, Watts has since taken it upon herself to be a much-needed advocate for ending the disgrace and stigma related to menopause — even partnering with Menopause Mandate to offer ladies with elevated perimenopause and menopause help.

“I actually consider that if menopause hadn’t been such an off-limits matter after I first began experiencing signs, I might’ve had a neater transition,” she mentioned within the Hello! Magazine interview. “I used to be a part of a cycle that desperately wanted to be damaged. There was a scarcity of open dialog and assets to assist ladies navigate the modifications we undergo. That’s why I’m now so obsessed with elevating consciousness and inspiring extra trustworthy conversations.”

For extra info on menopause, attain out to your physician or a medical skilled to discover the perfect remedy choices for you.

: .