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Sex After Menopause: Expert Advice



How to enjoy sex after  menopause?


Female Sexual Dysfunction after menopause is extremely common. Almost half of all American women struggle with it. Viagra has come to the rescue of many aging men, but what about women? So far women been left out in the cold. 


However, there are some new herbal formulations that hold out the promise of improved  sexual stimulation and response for females. Many women have reported significant improvements in sexual pleasure, both before and after menopause, with the use of these products. You could consider trying one of these female sex stimulants to help improve your sex life.


The truth is that as women age and reach menopause, many women lose interest in sex. Their bodies simply stop producing the same levels of sex hormones as they did when they were younger. As sex hormone levels decline, so does desire. To make matters worse, many women develop vaginal dryness, which can make sex painful. 


At the same time, some men are losing their drive and ability to perform, so their female partners may not even notice the drop in their own libido. But now that we know better -- and men are finding help -- women should make an effort to get a piece of the action!


I've listed below four suggestions for increasing your sex drive, enhancing arousal, and combating sexual problems after menopause. Give them a try and see if you notice a change for the better.


  1. Hormones: Why worry about hormones? Because scientists have begun to realize that menopause devastates us hormonally. Women produce less and less testosterone, the "male" sex hormone, as they age. By the age of 40, they have half as much testosterone as they did when they were 20. Research has shown that a low testosterone level means lack of sexual desire. As if that weren't enough, estrogen levels also decline by 80-90% during menopause. Low estrogen levels cause vaginal dryness, which leads to painful intercourse, and diminished blood flow to the vagina, which interferes with arousal and pleasure during sex.

    This may be devastating to some women. Many doctors recommend hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as a solution. 

    Taking estrogen can help rid you of all symptoms of menopause including moodiness, vaginal dryness, and hot flashes. In addition, it may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and some cancers. Testosterone therapy has been shown to enhance desire, induce feelings of well being, and combat menopausal symptoms. 

    However, testosterone may produce unwanted side effects such as acne, increased risk of heart disease and breast cancer. HRT is a serious treatment with many important factors figuring in. It should be carefully considered with your doctor.
  2. Supplements: For many women, the real problem is not lack of sexual interest but a generally low energy level. They work, manage the household, take care of the kids, husbands and parents, and at the end of the day simply don't have the energy to engage in sexual activity. To give yourself an added boost, try taking a nutritional supplement with ginseng or ginkgo. Both herbs have been taken for hundreds of years as natural energy enhancers.

    female sexual supplement and libido enhancer

    Supplements can also provide our bodies with the raw materials they need to perform better, naturally. 


    For example Arginine, an amino acid that is found in nuts, meat, and dairy, enhances blood flow. Taking a supplement with Arginine, ginseng, and ginkgo biloba can improve arousal by increasing the flow of blood to the clitoris-vagina area during sexual activity, together with boosting energy levels.

    Provestra is a herbal supplement that has proven to be specifically useful for enhancing sex drive, libido and sexual response in women after menopause. You should consider trying this out for yourself.


  3. Diet: I have a friend who had a terrible time with menopause. She experienced huge emotional swings, gained weight, and suffered debilitating hot flashes. After consulting an alternative medicine doctor who advised her to eat lots of soy, she completely changed her diet. She became a vegetarian, replaced meat with tofu and milk with soymilk, and added more fresh vegetables to her meals. Within a few months she had lost weight, all her symptoms had disappeared, and her sex drive had improved tremendously. 

    Studies show that one valuable resource for women is soy. Soybeans contain phytoestrogens, or plant estrogens, that may help replace the estrogen that your body is naturally producing less of over time. Japanese women, who eat a diet heavy in soy, have far lower levels of breast cancer and less trouble with menopausal symptoms. A suggestion is to inject more soy into your diet and see what it does for you. 

    In general, remember that you should eat a diet that is low in fat and high in fresh fruits and vegetables.
  4. Physical problems: Vaginal dryness, a common problem after menopause, can be easily treated with lubricants  available at most drugstores and supermarkets. You'll need to apply the lubricant every time you have sex. If you use condoms, avoid Vaseline or other oil-based lubricants as they destroy the condom material. While there is a vast variety available, we specifically recommend these special sex enhancement lubricants:

    Water-based sexual lubricants
    Silicone-based sexual lubricants

    If you find that your vaginal walls have relaxed over time, as do many older women, there is hope. A simple exercise, known as the Kegel exercise, can improve your muscle tone and help you to enjoy sex more. Simply squeeze the muscles around your vagina as if you were trying to stop yourself from urinating midstream. Contract these muscles for one minute, then release. Repeat at least 10 times, and increase the number of repetitions over time.

    You can do these exercises any time – while you're working at a desk, while driving, or even when you're watching TV.



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