Camille Lawson RN, BA, MEd (specializing in Hormones, Nutrition, Sexuality & Relationships)
In parts one and two I discussed the role hormones play in almost every aspect of your health and the role of bio-identical hormone therapy for balancing your hormones during the years leading up to and including menopause. In this third and final blog post, I will be discussing the how your hormones can affect your libido.
Women of all ages complain of sexual problems, however, hormonal imbalances and deficiencies can really contribute to sexual issues and exacerbate previously existing ones. In one national survey, about a third of women 18 to 59 said they had experienced loss of desire for at least a few months in the previous year. In fact, sexual desire is driven by more than hormones — the quality of your relationship, your upbringing, how you feel about your body, the amount of stress in your life and even how well you sleep can all factor in. NOTE, however, that our hormones also affect many of these factors. It is true that sex changes at menopause. You may need more time and more stimulation to get aroused (that’s also true for men at midlife). Dryness can be particularly problematic, but a good lubricant (try Silk) can help with that.
That legendary menopausal crankiness, which does not help with getting in the mood, is often caused by hot flashes and sleep problems. Try femMED Sleep to help restore deep and restful sleeps. Stress also affects mood. At midlife, many women are coping with teenagers, elderly parents or keeping a job in this tough economy — or some combination. Moods are particularly sensitive to hormonal changes.
Some health benefits of regular sex include:
Less STRESS (thank you Oxytocin, the hormone of love!), more youthful appearance, longer life, stronger muscles, clearer thinking, stronger relationships, stronger immunity, improved heart health….just to name a few!
A few ideas to help get back into the mood for love:
- Try yoga and other sports to increase body awareness
- Experiment with your sex life. Different rooms, lotions (CHECK OUT NURU OIL – WOW!), sex toys, spice it up, dance, mingle, flirt, embrace sexuality!
- Lubricants can be fun!
- Be sexy, loving to yourself and partner
- Sexy environment
- Touch and affection
- Try a libido supplement like femMED Libido
Put yourself into the driver’s seat of your own health! Be empowered and knowledgeable to make your own, informed decisions about your body, mind and spirit. You matter.
To learn more from Camille Lawson and Susan Sly about Hormones, Sexuality, Nutrition, Exercise and so much more please join us at The Power Body Weekend held October 19-21, 2012 in Toronto. www.stepintoyourpower.com for more information