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Vaginal Dryness – a common problem for women

Vaginal dryness is still a taboo topic. Women who are affected are often reluctant to speak about it – and understandably so. However, this is an issue that concerns a great number of women. The menopause is the most common cause for these symptoms in women. A woman’s hormonal balance undergoes a change at this time, meaning that the production of the hormone oestrogen is reduced. One out of every three women experiences vaginal dryness during the menopause. Although the menopause is the main cause of vaginal dryness, there are a number of other issues that can cause younger women to experience vaginal dryness as well. These include: giving birth and nursing, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, or problems with the immune system. Causes and symptoms Vaginal dryness causes the woman affected by it to have a reduced ability to produce moisture. The culprits here are low blood circulation in the genital area and a change or disturbance in the hormonal balance. During the menopause, oestrogen levels are reduced. Younger women can also experience a change in their hormonal balance, which can lead to vaginal dryness. Even when not aroused, women usually release a milky-white fluid that serves as a protection for their genital area. During intercourse, the production of this fluid also has the important task of reducing friction and protecting the woman from injury. During the menopause or as a result of the other causes of vaginal dryness mentioned, the production of this fluid is reduced. As a result of this reduced ability to produce moisture, the friction that is caused by intercourse or other athletic activities in...

How to Help Control Incontinence with Food and Exercise

This is a guest post by Hartmann Direct discussing how to help control incontinence with food and exercise. Hartmann Direct provide a range of incontinence products to both men and women. Urinary incontinence – stress, urge or both – affects many people. So much so, many sufferers rely on various incontinence products to help them manage it on a daily basis. There are many different ways of controlling incontinence, from practicing specific pelvic floor muscle exercises to understanding how food and drink can impact on incontinence. The digestive system is part of the body and so it makes sense that we eat and drink, as we well as how active we are, will be reflected in our overall digestive health. Being aware of your diet and striving to maintain your fitness are both important factors in regaining and maintaining control over urinary incontinence issues. There is a saying that 80% of the results in the gym happen in the kitchen and are related to the choices we make when it comes to food and drink. What you consume on a daily basis can have an impact on your incontinence too, with common bladder irritants already identified. However, the effects on people will vary from one to another. You may find that spicy foods do not seem to irritate your bladder but consuming citrus fruits or juices does. If you do consume these foods, take note of how they impact on your incontinence issues and how much, eliminating them from your diet accordingly. Fluids There is no ‘diet’ to cure incontinence but what you do consume can have an effect...

How Yoga Can Help Reduce the Effects of Urinary Incontinence

This is a guest post by Hartmann Direct discussing how yoga can help reduce the effects of urinary incontinence.  It is not known how many people are incontinent in the UK or how many women and men rely daily on incontinence pads, but NHS Choices believe that between three and six million people in the UK suffer from some level of urinary incontinence. Traditionally a problem sufferers kept hidden, people would often ‘put up with’ incontinence and not seek help to remedy it. More people are now seeking help and is not something that needs to remain secret or an embarrassing, inevitable ailment that ‘comes with age’. Not just a female or age problem Although urinary incontinence affects more women than men, it is not solely a female problem. Neither is it a condition or issue that is related to age. Young women and men can also suffer from urinary and bowel incontinence. It is estimated that five million people in the UK under the age of 24 will have experienced some kind of bladder control issue, with around the same number thought to have had some kind of bowel incontinence. Two types of urinary incontinence There are two common types of urinary incontinence – stress incontinence and urge incontinence. There are claims that practicing yoga on a regular basis could help with managing the symptoms and decreasing the possibility of accidental leakage of urine happening. Stress incontinence is when a small amount of urine leaks after lifting, strenuous exercise, coughing, sneezing or laughing. This is thought to be the most common type to affect women. It happens because...

Menopause, Magnets And Me!

Menopause, Magnets and Me! Post by Sheila Wenborne, Author of ‘So… That’s why I’m Bonkers! A girl’s guide to surviving the menopause.’ Like many woman of my age the menopause hit me like a train right between the eyes.  I really didn’t see it coming (which sounds strange as it happens to all of us at some time during our adult life) but not having children I didn’t get that benchmark of how old I was and it just crept up on me. To be frank, I thought I had a virus, my joints ached all the time, I was tired, grumpy, forgetful, putting on weight, I was rotten to be around and I felt like I was going completely Bonkers. I reluctantly made an appointment to see a doctor and you could have knocked me over with a feather when I was told “yep, you are menopausal” “NO! I can’t be, I feel really bad and anyway I’m too young.”  But there was no denying it I was on the slippery slope to old age. Feeling even more depressed I asked what could be done and the only option I was given was HRT.  Now for some I know this is a god send, after taking Hormone Replacement Therapy many women feel like they’ve been given the elixir of life, but for me I had had a cancer scare when I was younger and I felt this was a bit like a game of Russian Roulette.   I tried if to 3 months but I blew up like a balloon and resemble a beached whale on a good day...

The Menopause Maze Book Review

Book Review: The Menopause Maze, the complete guide to conventional, complementary and self-help options by Dr Megan A. Arrol and Liz Efiong, published by Singing Dragon. Megan and Liz realised that there wasn’t a book on the market that covered conventional, complementary and self-help options in one book – there is now, The Menopause Maze! As you know, I have reviewed a few ‘menopause’ books lately, so what’s different about this one? This books combines current research and professional unbiased opinions on the pros and cons of alternative, self-help and conventional therapies for the relief of menopause symptoms. The Menopause Maze does exactly what it sets out to do but  puts emphasis on empowering women to proactively manage their own health and well-being in the lead up to, during and following menopause. This book covers basic principles for the health of the menopausal woman and beyond including dietary and environmental factors, cancer prevention, diet, supplements and herbs, reducing stress levels, complementary therapies, self-help techniques, HRT and other prescribed medications and pulls everything together in the final chapter. The book is written in an optimistic and realistic style with a ‘what can I do’ attitude.  Each chapter clearly sets out its aims at the beginning. Each chapter is split up into succinct sections and each chapter ends with a succinct summary. It’s very easy reading with no waffle and is not full of medical jargon. It is a well-referenced book so you can easily go away and do further research. In summary, this is a really helpful guide for women during menopause and for those wanting to make changes to...

Maca for Menopause Relief

I’ve been receiving many emails and questions via social media regarding the use of Maca for menopause relief lately, so I’ve asked Mark Ament, the Founder and Owner of The Maca Team to write a guest post for us. Mark Ament is an expert on superfood nutrition. He has spent the past 15 years studying the subject with some of the most well known teachers in the world, including David Wolfe and Gabriel Cousens, MD. The Maca Team sources and sells the best selection of organic Peruvian grown Maca products anywhere. Thousands of women from all over the world and from all walks of life are benefiting from eating a simple whole food native to the high Andes of Peru and Bolivia.  It’s called “Maca” and it is the world’s most potent food when it comes to naturally balancing hormones. What is Maca? Maca is a plant that grows wild and is cultivated in rocky soils inhospitable to most other vegetation. It thrives at high elevations in extreme weather conditions and is in that way a true survivor. The Maca plant produces a small root (about the size of a radish) that has long been revered in the Andes for its many healthful properties. Over the past 2000 years, it has been known for various benefits. Boosting energy, increasing libido, maximizing fertility and balancing hormones are among the most common. Due to these amazing properties, millions of people all over the world now make Maca a regular part of their diet. Most people mix Maca powder into smoothies, shakes or other recipes while others prefer to take Maca capsules...

Menopause Around The World

Written by Anne Wray. There is one universal fact: all females born into the world will go through the experience of menopause, provided they live to that age. Just like starting a first period or the development of breasts, the menopause is another inevitable life stage. Considering that almost half the world’s population experiences it and it occurs for the same biological reason, one could be excused for thinking that the experience is the same for all women. The truth is… Attitudes Towards Older Age In societies where older age is valued and the elderly are respected, women tend to experience fewer troublesome menopause symptoms. In Greece, for instance, there is no stigma associated with becoming old. Their religious icon of the ‘Mother of God’ is known as the Gerontissa, or ‘elderess’.  In Korea, younger people throw a party once their parents 60th birthday is attained. This is to celebrate their journey into their senior years. As the average age of menopause is only 51, there’s no suggestion that menopausal women are ‘elderly’, but if they live in a culture where the old are revered and they don’t fear getting older, menopause symptoms are easier for them or they may not get any at all. In societies where being old is seen as a negative thing – such as the UK and the USA – women are more likely to relate menopause with becoming old and because they have a pessimistic attitude towards it, they can experience gruelling side-effects. This connection between attitude and physical symptoms was discovered by a team of researchers at Yale Medical School, headed by...

Reduce Menopause Symptoms with Lady Elixir Tea

I love trying different herbal teas and can very easily lose a few hours in a speciality tea or natural food shop. The herbal tea market is positively booming at the moment and if you are like me then you will particularly enjoy this sponsored post by Tea With Me about their Lady Elixir Tea. Most of us are aware that tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world but not everyone is aware of the many reasons to drink tea due to its numerous health benefits. For centuries tea has been known to help prevent illness, combat disease and improve overall health and well-being. Tea is anything that comes from the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis) or from herbal plants.     During perimenopause, caffeine, black tea, sodas, chocolate drinks and alcohol are not recommended as they are known to be triggers for hot flashes and night sweats. Caffeine can also mess with our sleep and mood. So what does that leave us with – tea! There is something really comforting about a cup of so why not use it to reduce our menopause symptoms? Remember to let your tea cool before drinking as hot drinks can also be a symptom trigger! Tea With Me is an Australian company providing medicinal teas formulated by Nutritionists and Herbalists with the goal of addressing health and wellness issues for women. There are many online herbal tea companies at the moment but not many of them have the backing of nutritionists and herbalists. The Tea With Me journey started with their founder, Sarah, who found amazing results from specially...

The LadyCare Menopause Device

This is a guest post by LadyCare, a natural therapy menopause device, explaining how the device works with the body’s nervous system to relieve menopause symptoms. For many women, going through menopause can be one of the most uncomfortable and embarrassing times in their lives. It’s not uncommon for women to feel depressed and anxious as a result of dilapidating symptoms, such as excessive hot sweats, uncontrollable mood swings, or weight gain. To add to this, most suffer from more than one distressful symptom. Some turn to HRT (hormone replacement therapy) desperately looking for relief, however, many seek a natural and safer alternative. LadyCare is exactly that, a completely natural therapy menopause device that has already helped over half a million people in the UK alone. LadyCare has been proven to help with up to 24 different symptoms of menopause and perimenopause, for 71% of women: Hot flushes Night Sweats Better Skin Tone More Energy Improved Mood Weight Reduction Irregular Or Heavy Periods Heart Palpitations Loss Of Sex Drive Vaginal Dryness Lack Of Concentration Lapses Of Memory Urinary Incontinence Bladder Infections Hair Loss Digestive Problems: Indigestion, Cramping, Nausea Painful Sore Muscles, Tendons And Joints Breast This small discreet device is clipped on to the front of the undergarments and worn 24 hours a day. Women report noticing benefits between one day and three months after wearing LadyCare. Whether you are just approaching menopause (perimenopause), or you are officially menopausal, either through nature or surgically, (hysterectomy) LadyCare could help you. LadyCare can also be used to help reduce the side effects from Tamoxifen. This is commonly prescribed as a treatment...

Struggling with Low Desire in Menopause? Help is at hand!

Are you struggling with low desire in menopause? Don’t worry, help is at hand! I mean that in the literal sense and am excited to introduce you to a product called Fiera, designed by Nuelle, a small, discreet, hands free product that stimulates blood flow to the clitoris and encourages vaginal lubrication.   Although targeted at women of all ages, Fiera is proven to enhance sexual wellness of menopausal and postmenopausal women. So, if you need help to get you in the mood both physically and mentally, Fiera may be the solution. While women may feel varying degrees of change in desire during menopause, it is not an absolute and it is not irreversible. Low desire can be a great concern for some women, especially those who are:- Experiencing symptoms of perimenopause Are postmenopausal or have undergone surgical menopause Are experiencing relationship fatigue Reviving sex life post baby Low desire or loss of libido means a reduction or lack of interest and desire in sexual activity. This is when plummeting desire and the rareness of sexual thoughts can become a source of concern, undercutting a woman’s satisfaction with her relationship and changing her sense of sexuality and self. In some cases, a woman’s loss of desire is less of a problem for her, but it frustrates her partner and threatens to weaken their relationship. However, without sexual activity, the vagina can become smaller and uncomfortably tighter. Remaining sexually active will help to preserve the elasticity of the vagina. So if you feel that your low desire is down to the fact that you’re dog tired, sweaty, irritable, suffering with...

Your Middle Years Book Review

Book Review: Your Middle Years. Love Them. Live Them. Own Them by Paula Mee & Kate O’Brien, published by Gill Books. Paula Mee and Kate O’Brien joined forces to write this book as they had many of their own questions when they reached menopause. They discovered that with the right diet and lifestyle, science is proving that women can look, be and feel their best through their menopausal years and beyond. The book offers plenty of practical advice and solutions for women during their menopausal years. If you are into detail then this is the book for you. If you prefer to dip in and out of a book there are plenty of handy ‘fast facts’ in each chapter. The book covers diet, sleep, sex, beauty, immunity, bones, heart health, movement, mindfulness and complementary therapies. In particularly enjoyed the chapter on complementary therapies. There is a useful 1500 calories meal plan and there are also over 30 recipes, showing calories per portion. I can personally vouch for the Prawn Creole dish! The book is beautifully illustrated by Eva Byrne. About the Authors Paula Mee is a current member and past president of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute and has a nutrition consultancy where she advises on a wide range of condition. She writes a regular column in the Irish Times Health Supplement. She is the Consultant Dietician on the production team of TV3 series Doctor in the House and was the dietician on the RTE series Health Squad. Kate O’Brien has spent many years in the health, beauty and spa industry in London, Dublin and Singapore and spent...

So That’s Why I’m Bonkers! Book Review

So That’s Why I’m Bonkers! A girl’s guide to surviving the menopause by Sheila Wenborne. This is Sheila Wenborn’s journey through menopause, madness and middle age. Sheila was prompted to write this book following her being featured in the media raising the profile of magnetic therapy as a natural alternative to conventional medicines, in particular for the relief of menopause. She is also a champion for the benefits of magnetic therapy for animals which she experienced first hand through her arthritic collie ‘Bob’. Sheila lets the reader know that although we might be 50 we’re not dead yet!  She writes with great humour and passion and her personal anecdotes had me laughing out loud or smirking surreptitiously, if I was being watched! The book includes information about the ways of dealing with menopause both clinically and holistically. If you’re one for detail, you will probably need to go away and do some more research. It offers advice on keeping relationships alive and considers the benefits of menopause and how for some women this can be a positive change. I read it in a couple of hours but it was a great couple of hours! So…That’s Why I’m Bonkers!: A girl’s guide to surviving the menopause    ...

Win One of Five Packs of Omega 7 with Pharma Nord

The menopause is an inevitable life stage affecting women in different ways. In a new survey from nutrition and lifestyle expert Pharma Nord just over half (53 per cent) of menopausal women said they view the menopause positively, saying it means no more periods and the start of a new phase of life. A further 47 per cent view menopause negatively, saying it means a loss of fertility and youth. Menopause symptoms can vary widely in severity and duration, with some women passing through the menopause relatively trouble free. Where symptoms do occur, these typically include hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia, breast tenderness, skin problems, vaginal dryness/irritation, loss of libido, palpitations, headaches, vertigo, mood swings, and inability to concentrate. There is an argument that vaginal dryness is the most troubling because of the reluctance of some women to discuss their intimate problems with their GP or other healthcare professionals.   Talking about the menopause and vaginal dryness Pharma Nord recently conducted a study among menopausal women suffering with intimate dryness. 46% of women interviewed do not feel comfortable talking to their GP about vaginal dryness and 35% to their nurses. 51% do not feel comfortable talking to their partner and this is followed by friends and family with 68% and 87% respectively. 18% do not feel comfortable talking to anyone about vaginal atrophy at all. A recent female health survey by Pharma Nord revealed that 80 per cent of women have experienced a lack or loss of sex drive and 42 per cent have experienced painful sex due to vaginal dryness. The natural, plant derived product Omega-7 has been...

The Best Places for a Menopause Retreat

This is a guest post by Healing Holidays, the UK’s leading independent Spa Specialist, who visit and extensively review the world’s best spas, retreats and clinics. Why staying at  a menopause retreat can be so beneficial. While a natural stage in every woman’s life, for many menopause is one of the most dreaded parts of being a woman. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Generally, the most unpleasant thing about menopause is the unwanted symptoms that come with it. Hot flushes, mood swings, weight-gain and more are all symptoms that women commonly suffer from when experiencing the change, but there are things you can do to ease these and make it a much more comfortable time. One of the best things you can do when going through menopause is to simply take some time out just to focus on yourself, especially on a menopause retreat that will help you tackle the symptoms you are experiencing as well as provide you with a much needed break. Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland There are countless wellness retreats that can help with the menopause and it really comes down to personal preference which one is right for you. One of the best solely dedicated menopause retreats is the Ladies Check Up – Best Age retreat offered by Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, a medical spa in Switzerland. This medical retreat specifically targets the problems that women aged over 50 suffer from and uses the very best in modern technology and testing to examine your health and offer you recommendations on things you can do to improve your sense of wellbeing. After...
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