Menopause and Sex (Maintaining Libido the Natural Way)

by Laura Ramirez on May 12, 2011

Menopause and sex? This article aims to give sound advice on how to have a great sex life even at the onset of or during or after menopause.
Those who consider sex merely for procreation should reconsider intimacy even as they become menopausal. Think of menopause as the best natural form of contraception. Once a woman stops ovulating, it’s the best time to enjoy sex without worrying about contraceptives and having unwanted pregnancy. And startling studies reveal that menopause and sex can be quite beneficial: menopausal women who maintain regular sex lives have less episodes of vaginal dryness, mood swings, hot flashes, and other menopause symptoms, compared to those who have infrequent or no sex.

Menopause and Sex

But how does one maintain libido during menopause when hormonal levels are fluctuating like crazy, and the consequent symptoms can prove to be distracting? Read on to learn some menopause and sex advice that place special emphasis on safe, effective, and natural remedies to keep your sex life happy.

Do Kegel exercises. It’s not hard to do. Kegel exercises aim to strengthen the pelvic area, which in turn can tighten vaginal muscles and help make sex more pleasurable. As an added bonus, regular Kegel exercises also help to reduce the possibility of urinary incontinence. To perform this menopause and sex routine, you can first practice while sitting on the toilet as you’re urinating. Stop the urine flow by squeezing the muscle you use to pee with, and hold for a couple of seconds before releasing. Do this exercise a dozen times. One of the best ways to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic area is to use a Kegel exerciser.

Soon, you can practice Kegel on your own. You can do it while you’re sitting, standing, reclining, while driving, in front of the computer, etc. It’s great because it’s discreet and can be done anytime, anywhere.
Lube your love. Vaginal dryness is a major problem when it comes to menopause and sex. This is due to lack of estrogen, which in turn can make it difficult for a lot of menopausal women to be physically aroused and ready for intercourse. To address this, invest in a water-soluble lubricant such as Femalube. Anything scented or has harsh chemical ingredients are a no-no as they can only do more harm than good. Another great alternative? Break open some natural vitamin E capsules and massage your privates with them. It will lube you up sufficiently and won’t wreak havoc with your vagina’s pH balance.
Drink, drink, and drink. Water or fresh fruit juice, that is, and not alcoholic beverages! Keeping sufficiently hydrated is key to maintaining a healthy menopause and sex life. Not only does it directly address hot flashes and night sweats, but it also helps prevent vaginal walls from drying out or becoming thin with age. Drinking at least two quarts of water, fruit juice, or herbal teas daily can aid greatly.

Try natural oral remedies. This advice applies two ways: you can opt for oral sex in case you don’t have lube or vitamin E within reach (saliva still makes for a good natural lubricant!). You can also take certain vitamins and herbal supplements specifically for menopause and sex.

As mentioned, vitamin E works well as a natural lube, but taking it orally also has benefits. It can significantly reduce night sweats and hot flashes because it helps replenish lost electrolytes during perspiration. It also strengthens the immune system and capillaries, as well as increase platelet movement, improve cholesterol levels, and help prevent memory gaps. Vitamin A, on the other hand, aids overall dryness among women. A vitamin A pill a day, or swallowing a tablespoon of canola, sunflower, or soybean oil, instantly adds natural lubrication…including the vaginal kind.

You can also take natural supplements formulated specifically for menopausal symptoms made of safe and effective herbs such as black cohosh which helps relieve headaches and vaginal dryness; and those with chasteberry, dong quai, ginseng, and evening primrose oil.

Copyright © 2011 by Laura Ramirez. All rights reserved.

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