Cellulite Can Be Caused By Menopause January 13, 2010Posted by feminestra in Health, Healthy living, Menopause.
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Ask any woman what cellulite is and they will tell you that it is “those disgusting dimples you get when you are fat.” It has viewed as a major problem for women for the past decade being blasted by celebrity gossip magazines over and over again. It has been a medical mystery, until just recently, as to why cellulite forms, and why it seems to get worse as women get older.
It is well known that cellulite is not just a “fat person’s problem” as cellulite can form in women with as little as 15 percent body fat. Cellulite is also not just excess fat around the legs and thighs. Prior to menopause, cellulite is caused by two things; decreases circulation deep in skin tissue, and inflammation due to insufficient lymphatic drainage. Other things that can worsen this condition include poor diet or sluggish digestion, and no or too much exercise.
However, after menopause hormone imbalances start to become a factor for cellulite formation. Studies now show that excess estrogen may cause connective tissue in the skin to weaken allowing fat to collect and push up the skin in little bundles. Adding excess estrogen to the mix with poor circulation in the skin and poor lymphatic drainage, you are left with the preverbal “Perfect Storm” for cellulite formation. As women go through menopause their skin begins to thin and collagen and elastin, elements of the skin that make it elastic and tight, levels start to deplete. This only makes a bad situation worse as it worsens the appearance of the skin.
However, it is not the end of life as we know it for those who have cellulite. In fact there are things that you can do to not necessarily cure, but improve the look of cellulite. There are a number of different creams and lotions on the market that advertise they will make your cellulite disappear. Although many of these are illegitimate and are nothing more than snake-oil in a bottle, there are some that actually work. Several vitamins and minerals have been shown to improve blood flow and circulation in the skin. Massages also help with lymphatic circulation which can improve the condition of cellulite.
Lose Weight After Menopause January 8, 2010Posted by feminestra in Health, Healthy living, Menopause.
Tags: Health, Health living, Menopause, weight loss
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Going through menopause is generally not a fun time for women (or their husbands for that matter). They have to deal with ever occurring hot flashes and night sweats, mood swings, sleeplessness, depression, and the list just keeps going. These symptoms can last for a few years making the end a joyous occasion, almost. Many women find that they gain weight during menopause and it tends to stick around longer than menopause, and woman, being the self conscious beings they are, tend to stress about the extra pounds. Generally, the weight gain is not to extreme for most women gaining about 10-20 pounds. Good thing there is a simple way to get rid of the excess weight without killing yourself at the gym.
Eating a healthy is the first step to weight loss. Today’s society is filled with fast foods, sugary drinks, and other equally unhealthy things that we all consume. Cutting all that junk food out for your diet will help you lose the weight quickly. This includes any fast food, sodas, most frozen dinners, crazy Starbucks concoctions, and other foods high in fat. This doesn’t mean you have to stop eating foods that you like or stop eating out all together. You can still eat deserts and go to restaurants, but keep it in moderation. If you still work, try either packing a lunch or healthy frozen lunch instead of eating at Burger King every day.
When eating at home remember portion control. Take a look at the nutrition fact before cooking for yourself and look at how many servings there are in the container. A lot of people today believe they are eating healthy based on what the nutrition facts say, but they eat two or three servings at a time. A great example is a Marie Calendar’s chicken pot pie frozen dinner. The average person would not have a problem finishing a 16oz pot pie by themselves, and it seems like a fairly healthy dinner; roughly 650 calories per serving. But what a lot of people do not look at is a 16oz pot pie contains two 8oz servings bringing the actual calorie count closer to 1,300 calories. This is 65 percent of a 2,000 calorie diet in one meal! You do not necessarily have to start counting calories, but you should be aware of about how many you take in each meal and smaller portions will help keep the number low. There are a number of online calculators that will tell you the ideal number of calories you should take in for your weight. Some will also tell you how to adjust your diet to reach your target weight by a certain target date.
Exercise is also an essential part to weight loss. A lot of older people, especially women, are hesitant to go to a gym because they think they have to work themselves to death to see any results. This is not true; in fact light to moderate exercise four times a week will provide you will outstanding results. Besides helping you lose weight, exercise will give you more energy for everyday life and make you feel better by improving your general mood. The thing to remember when working out for weight loss is that you are not necessary trying to build a bunch of muscle. Instead you are going to strengthen and tone the muscle you already have which will burn off excess fat fast.
To tone muscle you should do high numbers of repetitions with light weight. Aim for three sets of 15-20 repetitions each. You should also chose a weight that will allow you to complete all three sets with relative ease. The last set should be the hardest of the three, if not then chose a higher weight. When working out it is best to work muscle groups versus doing a whole body work out. You will recover faster and you will see better results sooner. There are three main muscle groups or pairings that can be worked; back and biceps, chest and triceps, and legs. You should try to work only one muscle group per workout day. Core and auxiliary muscles, which include abs, shoulders, and neck, can be worked in with the main groups on your workout days at your digression.
Cardio is another exercise that should be done at least 30 minutes a day, three or four times a week. Running the one of the more popular cardio exercises, but many older people find that this puts too much stress on their legs and that they are doing more harm than good. Biking is a good alternative as it greatly reduces the stress on the legs and many people enjoy it better. For those who wish to stay indoors for their cardio workout for whatever reason you can find cardio machines at most gyms. These include treadmills, stair steppers, stationary bikes, and elliptical machines.
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Antidepressants Found to Increase Stroke Risk December 15, 2009Posted by feminestra in Health, Menopause.
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A study released Monday by the Archives of Internal Medicine1 found that post-menopausal women who are taking antidepressants are at a higher risk for stroke or death. The study said that the increased risk was modest. However, post-menopausal women represent the largest number of patients taking antidepressants so the increased risks could be much more significant.
These findings came from the federally funded Women’s Health Initiative 2
Women should talk with a doctor to find out if they are already at a high risk for stroke and other potentially fatal conditions before deciding whether or not to start taking antidepressants. If you find that you are at an increased risk for stroke you should take action to reduce that risk by lowering blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight and diet, and keeping stress under control.
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Sources: 1Archives of Internal Medicine
2Woman’s Health Initiative
Soy Found To Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer December 9, 2009Posted by feminestra in Breast Cancer, Health, Menopause, Natural Menopause Relief, Prevention, Uncategorized.
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In a report published in the December 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)1, researchers in China found that breast cancer survivors who had higher intake levels of soy foods were at a lower risk of breast cancer recurrence and death. The authors of this study explained that, “Soy foods are rich in isoflavones, a major group of phytoestrogens that have been hypothesized to reduce the risk of breast cancer. However, the estrogen-like effect of isoflavones and the potential interaction between isoflavones and tamoxifen have led to concern about soy food consumption among breast cancer patients.”1
The study analyzed data from the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study which was a population-based study using over 5,000 female breast cancer survivors aged 20-75. The women were diagnosed between March 2002 and April 2006 and were studied through June 2009. The study collected data about the cancer diagnosis and treatment, lifestyle after diagnosis, and cancer progression roughly six months after the initial diagnosis. The patients were reassessed after 18, 36, and 60 months after initial diagnosis.
After a follow up of 4 years there were a documented 444 deaths and 534 cancer recurrences or breast cancer-related deaths among the 5,033 patients who where surgically treated for breast cancer. The patients who had the highest intake of soy protein had a 29 percent lower risk of death and a 32 percent lower risk of breast cancer recurrence. The researchers explained in their study that, “The inverse association was evident among women with either estrogen receptor-positive or -negative breast cancer and was present in both users and nonusers of tamoxifen.”1
Soy has also been found to help with many other conditions such as menopausal symptoms and osteoporosis. Soy can be found in a number of things from chocolate bars (soy lecithin) to potato chips as well as many vegetarian food products.
|Uses based on scientific evidence||Grade*|
|Dietary source of protein
Soy products, such as tofu, are high in protein and are an acceptable source of dietary protein.
Numerous human studies report that adding soy protein to the diet can moderately decrease blood levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (“bad” cholesterol). Small reductions in triglycerides may also occur, while high-density lipoprotein (“good” cholesterol) is altered in some, but not all, studies. Some scientists have proposed that specific components of soybean, such as the isoflavones genistein and daidzein, may be responsible for the cholesterol-lowering properties of soy. However, this has not been clearly demonstrated in research and remains controversial. It is not known if products containing isolated soy isoflavones have the same effects as regular dietary intake of soy protein. Dietary soy protein has not been proven to affect long-term cardiovascular outcomes, such as heart attack or stroke.
|Diarrhea (acute) in infants and young children
Numerous studies report that infants and young children (2-36 months old) with diarrhea who are fed soy formulas experience fewer daily bowel movements and fewer days of diarrhea. This research suggests that soy has benefits over other types of formula, including cow milk-based solutions. The addition of soy fiber to soy formula may increase the effectiveness. Better quality research is needed before a strong recommendation can be made.Parents are advised to speak with qualified healthcare providers if their infants experience prolonged diarrhea, become dehydrated, develop signs of infections (such as fever), or have blood in the stool. A healthcare provider should be consulted for current breastfeeding recommendations and to suggest long-term formulas that provide enough nutrition.
|Allergies (prevention of food allergies)
Soy formulas are commonly used by infants with sensitivities to milk-based formulas. There is currently little evidence to support the use of soy formulas for preventing food allergies. Further research is needed in this field.
There is some evidence in support of soy increasing antioxidant status in humans. In general, diets high in plant foods may offer antioxidant benefits. Further research is required in this field before recommendations can be made.
The effect of soy on erosive-ulcer lesions of the alimentary tract has been examined in limited study. Overall, the effects of soy products appear beneficial. Further study is required before recommendations can be made.
|Cancer (prevention and treatment)
Several large population studies have asked people about their eating habits and reported that higher soy intake (such as dietary tofu) is associated with a decreased risk of developing various types of cancers, including breast, prostate, and colon cancer. However, other research suggests that soy does not have this effect. Until better research is available, it remains unclear if dietary soy or soy isoflavone supplements increase or decrease the risk of these cancers.
Dietary soy protein has not been shown to affect long-term cardiovascular outcomes, such as heart attack or stroke. Research does suggest cholesterol-lowering effects of dietary soy, which in theory, may reduce the risk of heart problems. Soy has also been studied for blood pressure-lowering and blood sugar-reducing properties in people with type 2 diabetes, although the evidence is not definitive in these areas. In women with suspected cardiac ischemia, high levels of the soy isoflavone genistein have been associated with blood vessel problems. Further investigation is needed before a strong recommendation can be made.
It is unclear if soy isoflavone supplementation in postmenopausal women can improve cognitive function. Results from studies are mixed.
Due to limited human research, there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against the use of soy as a way to prevent Crohn’s disease. Further research is needed before a recommendation can be made.
|Cyclical breast pain
It has been theorized that the “phytoestrogens” (plant-based compounds with weak estrogen-like properties) in soy may be beneficial to premenopausal women with cyclical breast pain. However, due to limited human research, there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against the use of dietary soy protein as a therapy for this condition.
Several small studies have examined the effects of soy products on blood sugar levels in people with type 2 (“adult-onset”) diabetes. Results are mixed, with some research reporting decreased blood glucose levels and other trials noting no effects. Overall, research in this area is not well designed or reported and better information is needed.
|Exercise performance enhancement
Soy protein has been investigated as a source of protein with potential for benefit in exercise performance. In general, research findings suggest soy protein is better than no protein but is unlikely to be superior to other sources of protein. Further research is required in this field.
Due to limited human research, there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against the use of soy as a therapy in cholelithiasis. Further research is needed before a strong recommendation can be made.
In limited available studies, the addition of soy polysaccharide to non-regular diets increased the moisture content of stool and decreased the number of liquid stools. It is not clear if soy polysaccharide would be superior to other fiber sources in this regard.
|High blood pressure
There is limited human research on the effects of dietary soy on blood pressure. Some research suggests that substituting soy nuts for non-soy protein may help improve blood pressure. Further research is needed before a firm recommendation can be made.
There is currently a lack of scientific evidence to recommend for or against the use of soy formula for fussiness and gas in infants with cow’s milk allergy over a partially hydrolyzed cow’s milk protein formula.
There is currently a lack of scientific evidence to recommend for or against the use of soy protein on inflammation associated with hemodialysis (removal of waste products from the blood).
|Iron deficiency anemia
There is currently a lack of sufficient evidence to recommend for or against the use of soy-based formula in the treatment of iron deficiency anemia in children.
|Kidney disease (chronic renal failure, nephrotic syndrome, proteinuria)
Due to limited human study, there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against the use of soy in the treatment of kidney diseases, such as nephrotic syndrome. People with kidney disease should speak with their healthcare providers about the recommended amounts of dietary protein because soy is a high-protein food.
Overall, evidence suggests that soy products containing isoflavones may help reduce menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes. More study is needed to confirm this use.
A phytoestrogen combination may help prevent menstrual migraine attacks. Further research is needed before a strong recommendation can be made.
Treatment with soy protein and soy nuts was evaluated in patients with metabolic syndrome and benefits were found in terms of plasma lipids in patients consuming soy nuts as part of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. Further research is required in this field in terms of soy protein supplementation.
Some research suggests that soy might be as effective as skim milk and more effective than a low-calorie diet alone in reducing weight. Other research has reported conflicting results. Further research is needed before a strong recommendation can be made.
Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis caused by the breakdown of cartilage. Early research suggests that intake of soy protein may be associated with reduced symptoms of osteoarthritis.
It has been theorized that “phytoestrogens in soy” (such as isoflavones) may increase bone mineral density in post-menopausal women and reduce the risk of fractures. However, more research is needed before a conclusion can be made.
|Quality of life
The effect of soy on quality of life has been investigated in limited study. Further study is required before recommendations can be made.
There is currently insufficient evidence to recommend for or against the use of soy as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
It is unclear if aglycones, a form of soy isoflavone, can improve aged skin in middle-aged women when it is taken by mouth. More research is needed.
|Skin damage caused by the sun
A soy moisturizing cream may help improve signs of sun damage, including discoloration, blotchiness, dullness, fine lines, and overall texture. Because the cream contained other ingredients besides soy, more research with soy alone is needed.
|Spinal cord injury
Whey protein has traditionally been used as a protein source to increase body strength. Limited available study investigated whether soy protein could be used to increase ambulation performance in patients with incomplete spinal cord injury. There is currently not enough evidence to recommend for or against the use of soy as a treatment for increased endurance in individuals with spinal cord injury.
Early research suggests that soy supplements do not affect thyroid function. More research is needed.
It has been suggested that soy may be beneficial for tuberculosis when taken with standard medications. According to early research, soy may improve the process of detoxification, have positive effects on the liver, reduce cell damage, and decrease inflammation. Therefore, soy supplements may allow patients to safely take higher doses of antimicrobial drugs that are used to treat tuberculosis.
|Weight gain (infants)
In limited study, weaning infants with cow’s milk allergy to soy based formula resulted in reduced weight for age as compared with formulas containing hydrolyzed proteins (broken down). Further research is required in this field.
A: Strong scientific evidence for this use;
B: Good scientific evidence for this use;
C: Unclear scientific evidence for this use;
D: Fair scientific evidence against this use;
F: Strong scientific evidence against this use.
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Pfizer Jury Awards $28 Million Over Hormone Drugs November 23, 2009Posted by feminestra in Health, HRT vs Feminestra, Menopause.
Tags: HRT, Menopause, pfizer
More bad news for hormone replacement drugs. More women should turn to natural menopause relief
By Sophia Pearson
Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) — Two Pfizer Inc. units were ordered to pay a total of $28 million in punitive damages to an Illinois woman who developed breast cancer after taking the companies’ menopause drugs.
Wyeth should pay $16 million and Pharmacia & Upjohn $12 million to Donna Kendall of Decatur, Illinois, a state-court jury in Philadelphia said today. The jury ruled Nov. 20 that the units owed Kendall $6.3 million in compensatory damages.
The verdict brings to more than $165 million the total awarded in cases linking hormone-replacement drugs and breast cancer since they began going to trial in 2006. More than 6 million women have taken the medicines to treat menopause symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings.
“Neither the awards of punitive damages nor the liability verdicts were supported by the evidence or the law,” Pfizer spokesman Christopher Loder said in a phone interview. “We plan to challenge both decisions in post-trial motions and, if necessary, through an appeal.”
Until 1995, many patients combined Premarin, Wyeth’s estrogen-based drug, with progestin-laden Provera, made by Upjohn. Wyeth combined the two hormones in Prempro. The drugs are still on the market.
New York-based Pfizer, the world’s largest drugmaker, completed the $68 billion purchase of Wyeth on Oct. 15. The company reported 2008 net income of $8.1 billion on sales of $48.3 billion.
Pfizer rose 26 cents to $18.62 at 2:32 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.
The case is Kendall v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc., 040600965, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
To contact the reporter on this story: Sophia Pearson in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court at 7613 or email@example.com
Last Updated: November 23, 2009 14:45 EST
Men Have to do More With Menopause Than You Think November 18, 2009Posted by feminestra in Health, Menopause.
Tags: Menopause, testosterone
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The male hormone, testosterone, is often overlooked when it comes to menopause. Testosterone helps control hot flashes, night sweats, bone loss, and can improve energy, self-esteem, sexual desire, and orgasm response. Generally, as women age the levels of this hormone decrease naturally. However, for some women this hormone actually increases leading to increased facial hair, acne, and risk for heart disease.
With rising levels of testosterone, insulin sensitivity decreases. This makes you more vulnerable to blood sugar problems like diabetes. A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that menopausal women that had the highest levels of testosterone were almost three times as likely to develop heart disease. However, there are steps you can take to prevent this from happening to you.
To start, you need to get your testosterone levels checked, as well as your levels of fasting glucose and fasting insulin. These tests can give you an important insight to your level of risk.
If either your glucose or insulin levels are elevated, try cutting out sugar and simple carbohydrates. These can be coffee drinks, soda, and candy. You can also use the spice cinnamon and the supplement chromium to balance your blood sugar levels.
To decrease your testosterone levels, try vigorous exercise and starting a high fiber diet, 30-50mg per day. Supplements like saw palmetto and green tea extract will help as well.
Menopause: Man’s Greatest Fear November 6, 2009Posted by feminestra in Health, Menopause.
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Menopause has been around as long as there have been women who lived long enough to experience it. For about the same amount time, men have feared this time of change and dreaded its coming. You may ask, “What are they worried about? I’m the one going through the change.” but change affects everyone around you as well.
So let’s look at the obvious facts about menopause. It affects your sex drive, it can make you irritable, it can cause mood swings, and, depending on which type of treatment you take, can cause you to feel sick and depressed. This can affect your significant other because you mood may become contagious and cause excess tension in the relationship. The lack of sex just adds insult to injury.
Menopause can affect men just as much because they don’t like seeing you go through so much discomfort and not being able to do anything about it. Even the Romans talked about this, they said “Hic astabo tantisper cum hac forma et factis frustra?” which roughly translates to “Am I to stand idle and unnoticed, so handsome and so heroic, all for nothing?” Men are programmed to protect you, but if they cannot do that, then they feel helpless as they watch you go through pain and discomfort. At least today with medicinal breakthroughs and discoveries, there are several treatment options that can help relieve many of you menopausal symptoms.
You can help ease the pain of both you and your significant other by choosing the right treatment to take care of your symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), once a medical breakthrough, has recently come under fire. It was found to increase the risk for several types of cancer in women and have some pretty nasty side effects. Natural alternatives are becoming all the rage now because of the fact that they are all natural and many of the products where used by women in ancient civilizations to treat their menopausal symptoms. However, none of these alternatives have been officially approved by the FDA and the risks of some supplements or combination of supplements are still unknown. It really is buyers beware market right now. Supplements like Feminestra, however, have been clinically tested and proven to help alleviate menopausal symptoms with little if any side effects.
Finding some way to relieve your menopausal symptoms will improve your quality of life greatly because you will just feel better in general. Also, like I said before, moods are contagious, so if you are happier, everyone around you will be happier as well. This will put less strain on your relationships with friends and family and help you enjoy the golden years of your life to the fullest.
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Natural Menopause Products Show No Signs of Losing Popularity October 27, 2009Posted by feminestra in Feminestra, Health, Menopause, Natural Menopause Relief.
Tags: Feminestra, Health living, HRT vs Feminestra, Menopause, Natural Menopause Relief
Many women going through menopause have to make a difficult choice, deal with hot flashes and night sweats, or risk cancer with HRT. However, today there is another choice; natural supplements and herbs. Since 2002, when a federal study found that HRT increased the risk of cancer in women, millions of women have tried natural alternatives with varying levels of success.
Very few of these natural treatment options have been proven to work, but, despite that fact,women are flocking to these alternatives. Another reason that natural alternatives are gaining popularity is the fact that the treatment plans are customizable to the individual needs of the woman. Not everyone goes through menopause the same so it is only logical to treat for the symptoms that you have.
There is a dark side to natural alternative because of the fact that most of them have not been tested and fully researched. The long term side effects of many of these supplements are unknown, which can be scarier thought than hot flashes. Many of the natural products claim that they have compounds that are “bioidentical” to the estrogen that women make normally. The term “bioidentical” is, in fact, a marketing term that has no medical meaning or substance. Prescription drugs have been utilizing hormones that chemically match estrogen for some time.
However, there is a shining light when it comes to natural alternatives. Feminestra, a natural menopause relief supplement, has been clinically proven to work. They, in fact, advertise all the ingredients in their supplement on their website and advertise that they do not use any artificial hormones or chemicals. Feminestra was found effective in alleviating the symptoms of menopause in 90% of women. This clinical study showed that Feminestra has proved effective in significantly reducing the symptoms of menopause, as compared to 8% of those taking the placebo.
When choosing a natural alternative to HRT for menopausal symptoms, make sure to research each of the products you are thinking about taking and consult with a pharmacist or doctor. What might work for some may not work for you and it is important to know how different things will affect you. To learn more about different types of natural supplements Natural Menopause Relief.
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Better Sex after Menopause: Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Sex Life October 13, 2009Posted by feminestra in Feminestra, Health, Healthy living, Menopause, Tips and Tricks.
Tags: better sex after menopasue, Feminestra, Menopause, sex
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There are a lot of myths floating around about how your sex life will be affected after menopause. Before you start to worry about not having sex for the rest of your life, do a little bit of research because, in reality, it’s not going to be all that bad. In fact, only about 20-30% of women experience a decrease in sexual activity.
Tip 1: Get your head in the game.
As a society, we think that sex is only for the young and fertile making it hard to accept your own aging sexuality. Most people have their first sexual encounter as a teenager or young adult, and that first impression stays with us as we age and become more mature. However, the time after menopause can be a time to experiment and try new things without having to worry about the pregnancy factor. Also, stress can have a big impact on your sex drive. Take more relaxation time to deal with the stress in a healthy way.
Tip 2: Hit the gym
Well maybe not literally, but it may be a good idea to work out those muscles on a regular basis. You can strengthen your vagina through Kegel exercises, which will allow you to experience stronger orgasms, sometimes better than when you were at a younger age. To do this, tighten your pelvic muscles like you had to use the bathroom, count to ten, release and repeat. Do this ten times, four times a day.
Tip 3: Break out the lube
If you are in the 20% of women who experience vaginal dryness, try some different type of lubrication or moisturizing. Water-based lubrications like KY-Jelly and Astroglide are good for use during intercourse. Avoid Vaseline and other products that are not water-soluble because this may cause vaginal infections. Creams and moisturizers can provide relief, but unlike lubricants, these work directly on the vaginal tissue.
Tip 4: Get with the hormones
A big reason that your sex drive may have diminished is due to that fact that your hormone levels are declining. There are a few ways to combat this, whether it be HRT, or a natural supplement like Feminestra. Being that this is a Feminestra blog, I will recommend it, but you should consult your doctor on the best treatment option for you.
Tip 5: Check the medicine cabinet
In today’s society it’s not uncommon to be on one or more prescription medications. However, the side effects of these meds can be affecting your sex life. Things like painkillers and antidepressants are some of the worst offenders. Talk to your doctor or physician to find out which medications or medication combinations could be affecting your libido.
If you have any tips or tricks on how you improved your sex life after menopause feel free to share in the comments section.
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