Rediscover Your Desire Naturally

Rediscover Your Desire Naturally

For many years a woman’s sexual life was taken for granted. Women’s magazines described in detail how to achieve new heights of pleasure, how to be the perfect lover and, more importantly, how all this was really up to women themselves. Considering that not many women like to share details of their sex life with friends, there was little opportunity to question whether these expectations were unachievable and the many women falling short of these standards felt quietly inadequate for years. Sexual satisfaction is the result of many different factors, including psychological ones and the quality of the relationship. Stress can be a major passion killer for both men and women and libido is too often a casualty of too many worries and juggling numerous commitments. The increased use of antidepressants and the contraceptive pill can also negatively affect desire and interest in sex. A time that sees many women losing interest in sex is the menopause. Some women find that their libido seems to dissipate overnight. In some cases it comes back a few months, for some women it never seems quite to get back to the way it used to be, although some women find that, rather than leading to sexual activity, desire seems to grow once they engage in sex. A survey about desire run by Pharma Nord [1] highlights that libido and sexual enjoyment are a problem for a significant amount of women. Nearly 58% of women who took part in the survey revealed that they rarely felt desire and over half felt very dissatisfied with their sex life as a whole. Not surprisingly, half...
Omega 7 SBA24 for the Relief of Dryness during and after Menopause

Omega 7 SBA24 for the Relief of Dryness during and after Menopause

This is a guest post by Pharma Nord manufacturer and supplier of pharmaceutical grade dietary supplements. One of Pharma Nord’s products is Omega 7 SBA24, a supplement which helps to relieve symptoms of dryness during menopause including intimate dryness, dry eyes, dry mouth and dry skin. Unfortunately, symptoms of dryness can stay with you into postmenopause.   You have reached menopause when you have not had a period for a full 12 months following which you are postmenopausal. The time leading up to this is perimenopause. Many women are familiar with hot flushes and night sweats, a constant sense of tiredness and mood swings but loss of oestrogen also brings on a series of symptoms associated with dryness of mucous membranes in general. Intimate Dryness Intimate dryness is a condition which affects around 50% of all women and inevitably leads to painful sex which can have a detrimental effect on relationships and a woman’s confidence and sexual response. Prior to perimenopause, your body naturally lubricates the vaginal walls with a thin layer of moisture but as your oestrogen levels decline your vaginal walls become thinner, dryer and less elastic. Dry Eyes Dry eyes occur due to declining hormone levels which can affect the ocular tissues and tear composition made by your eyes. Symptoms of dry eyes include: dry/watery/streaming/sandy/burning and gritty eyes. These symptoms can be compounded by prolonged use of computers or hand-held devices (tablets, smart phones etc.) environmental conditions, certain medications and extensive use of contact lenses. Although it is important to visit your optometrist or optician to assess the condition, eye drops are typically recommended with various...
How not to be a hostage to your hormones

How not to be a hostage to your hormones

Our resident nutritionist, Charlotte Debeugney, discusses how not to be a hostage to your hormones. Hands up if you’ve ever woken up knowing that it’s going to be ‘one of those days’! A morning where you feel like an “anti super woman”- no energy, no motivation and an overwhelming fatigue. It’s on those kinds of days that it takes me 30 minutes to park my car, that I am far more likely to burn or cut myself while cooking and I can almost guarantee that I am going to be late for everything, with my blood pressure going off the scale while I’m stuck in traffic. The tension builds throughout the day as I try to get through everything I need to do with a maximum pressure point at the beginning of the evening where I screech like a demented hyena at my children and husband and the world in general! Yup, we’ve all been there! Does this get worse with age and the menopause? Fluctuating hormones definitely play a role, with lower oestrogen levels as the menopause approaches contributing to tiredness, irritability and difficulty in concentrating. When you throw this into the mix of relationships, children and work, it’s not surprising that we have moments when we struggle. One of the lovely things about aging, is that you become your own best friend. Over the years, I’ve learnt to be very attuned to my moods. My younger self would have insisted on carrying on regardless, getting angrier and more frustrated as the day goes on. My older self, assesses and adapts the day to minimise the stress and...
Herbal Tea for Menopause Symptom Relief

Herbal Tea for Menopause Symptom Relief

This is a guest post by Elissa Scott, The T Lady: Menopause Tea – Hot Flush Tea. More and more women every day are turning to herbal tea for menopause symptom relief. Let me ask you…are you one of those many women suffering from hot flushes and night sweats? Me too! I started to investigate further and found that hot flushes and night sweats are one of the most common and bothersome symptoms of Menopause. Hot Flushes and Night Sweats Hot flushes and night sweats are a common symptom of Menopause. Quite often you will see them grouped together, as night sweats are an unfortunate night time manifestation of hot flushes experienced during the day. Not all women suffer from these symptoms but for those of us who do, we can wake up with our bedclothes drenched in sweat and/or have sudden feelings of warmth or heat in the body during the day. Why Do They Occur? The real cause of hot flushes and night sweats are not clear, however, it is known that during Menopause, Estrogen levels fall and it is believed that this fall affects the way the body regulates whether it’s too hot or not.     Deciding that I needed to do something to combat these symptoms I started to research natural alternatives as the chemical world just does not sit well with my soul. My research got me thinking…what about a Herbal Tea for Menopause…why not?  The culmination of my thinking resulted in The T Lady Menopause Tea – Hot Flush Tea.  Yes! My dream was alive and the vision of saturating the world...
Diet During Menopause

Diet During Menopause

Our resident nutritionist, Charlotte Debeugney gives us the perfect recipe for our diet during menopause ensuring we maintain optimal nutritional health. There’s lots of interest in diets to support women during the menopause but before you get your shopping list ready, I’m going to highlight that diet is only part of the powerful toolkit for naturally supporting the menopause.  The whole shebang of moderate exercise, diet, stress management and sleep is ideally what we should all be aspiring too. Not only for dealing with the menopause but also for ensuring that we that we stay healthy, fit and strong for as long as possible.   Hormonal changes during the menopause As we start to approach menopause, our levels of oestrogen and progesterone decline.  So does our testosterone, but less so than the other two hormones.  The ratio of testosterone to oestrogen increases, even though levels of both hormones are lower. This explains the menopause barrel shape women tend to get, with excess fat being distributed around the waist as opposed to the hips and thighs in a classic ‘male’ type of distribution. Oestrogen helps to protect our bones as well as stimulating hair growth and giving our skin a youthful glow.  Recent research also links oestrogen as being a protective factor against ‘binging’ and this could explain why menstruating women often experience food cravings or find it impossible to control their food intake at the end of their cycle when oestrogen levels are low.  It could also be the reason that post-menopausal women can find it harder to control their appetites.  It’s not a lack of self-control but low...
Am I Menopausal?

Am I Menopausal?

This post is written by Dr Karen Morton, Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, medical director to Dr Morton’s – the medical helpline©  and MHM’s Medical Adviser. Am I Menopausal? If I had a pound for every woman who has said to me about whatever symptom you choose: periods getting heavier, gaining weight, getting hairs on the chin, leaking on the trampoline, or being forgetful ‘I just thought it was the change’, then I would be a very rich woman. Some women start by saying ‘I think I am premenopausal’, and I reply, well, I suppose we have all been premenopausal since we first started having periods, and of course what they really mean is perimenopausal. So then I get stuck into the definitions. The menopause is a single date in time. It is the date of the last period ever; when you look back and say ‘I never had another period after June 2016’. That was the date of my menopause. Then there is the perimenopause which is a length of time during which women get, or don’t get, symptoms of declining ovarian function. Some women don’t get a hot flush in their lives and others will get them to their dying day, with a variable amount of impact of their quality of life. They can be anything from a mild feeling of warmth to a river of sweat drenching the bedclothes and disturbing sleep and wellbeing to the point of exhaustion. Of course a change in menstrual pattern often accompanies the loss of regular egg production, which is the physiological event which tells the uterus what to do. Many...