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Let’s Talk About Sex (Drives)!

Let’s Talk About Sex (Drives)!

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Remember being 17 and sharing everything with your girlfriends? First kisses, bad dates, fights with your boyfriend? Chances are, you talked about everything- even those things that boyfriend wouldn’t be too pleased to hear you sharing. Then you finished school, and you began dating people more seriously. For every guy you went out with, there was a subsequent conversation with that same best friend, or maybe a new one, about the date, his appearance and personality, what was wrong with him, and how far this relationship was going to go. When you got married, she helped you pick your dress, and probably your lingerie as well. And if you’re like most women, that is when things started to change. Conversation about sex and sexuality started to dwindle, and was replaced by the other things that were prevalent in your life. You can attribute this change to a million different things, from your focus on balancing your kids and career to the increased conservatism that comes with age. Obviously your responsibilities and interests change as you go through life, and accordingly, so do the topics of conversation that interest you. But removing sex from the medley of topics that you are comfortable discussing can inadvertently lead to feelings of alienation if you ever develop a problem in this facet of your life. Recent medical studies indicate that up to 1/3 of young to middle-aged women, and up to ½ of older women experience issues relating to their libido. The numbers alone demonstrate how pervasive these issues are, but still it’s something we rarely discuss. Most women don’t talk about low female libido with their friends, and the few that do discuss it with their doctor only breach the surface of the issue. That so many of us choose to deal with this alone could be attributed to a socially-distorted sense of decency. We wouldn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable by discussing something so personal and so ‘crass.’ But the fact that we don’t talk about it is perpetuating the feelings of worry, guilt, shame, and isolation that a woman faces when she is dealing with a low-libido. These feelings can be tied directly to her conception that there is ‘something wrong with her.’ Contrary to this belief, low-libido is a prevalent issue for more than a significant number of women, and these negative feelings are a product of the stigma that surrounds a woman’s ‘abnormal’ sex drive. Talking about issues relating to our sex drives creates a network of support and is instrumental in getting rid of this unhealthy and unfair repression. What is a normal female sex drive? According to Kelli Young, an occupational therapist, sex therapist, and group psychotherapist “There really is no such thing as “normal” female sex drive. Women vary greatly in their desire for sex. What is important is a woman’s own subjective experience of the...

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Excited but not “Excited”: Enhancing Sexual Desire in Time for Valentine’s Day

Excited but not “Excited”: Enhancing Sexual Desire in Time for Valentine’s Day

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Welcome February. Characterized by its long, grey days and accompanying cold winds, February doesn’t really leave us with a whole lot to get excited about. It is arguably the most insufferable month to endure, until you remember that smack in the middle of it is Valentine’s Day: the auspicious occasion that allows you to guiltlessly leave the kids at home and your work at the office, and celebrate your relationship.  (I don’t care if it was popularized by Hallmark to sell greeting cards; if it gives me an excuse to eat unlimited chocolate then I’m into it)! So you’ve booked a babysitter, made the reservations, and have finally dropped those holiday pounds in order to fit back into your sexiest dress (or you haven’t…but you look great all the same). You should be excited, but if you’re one of the 18 million women in North America who suffers from low female libido, you’re probably more anxious than anything else. Valentine’s Day is by nature a day to celebrate relationships, and by extension is just as inherently a day to celebrate sex. If you’re not interested in this integral part of the holiday, then quite frankly, Valentine’s Day sucks. There are dozens of reasons why women lose their sex drive, which include but are not limited to: Perimenopause Menopause Stress Anxiety Loss of confidence Lack of physical exercise Insomnia/fatigue Environmental toxins (smoking, pollution) Depression (and antidepressants) Prescription drugs Relationship issues Most women who are suffering from low libido are not apathetic. They want to want sex, but they just don’t. Whether this lack of interest in sex is due to psychological, environmental, or physiological factors does not change its repercussions. Low libido can affect a women’s body image, mood, and self-confidence, and can leave us with feelings of disappointment, frustration, and inadequacy. Needless to say, no woman should ever have to struggle with these feelings, and it was with this in mind that femMED created femMED Libido. There are over 25 FDA-approved treatments for men suffering from issues related to their sex drive, but there is currently very little on the market for women. Obviously medications like Viagra have been extremely successful in revitalizing many men’s sex lives, but most women aren’t looking for an equivalent. While a magic “Viagra for women” pill that you can ingest an hour before sex is an attractive quick-fix, what is more appealing is targeting the core issues affiliated with low libido and implementing a natural solution to improve sex drive. Women experiencing low-libido are often less easily aroused, less sensitive to touching and stroking, prone to vaginal dryness and psychological discomfort, lack pelvic blood flow, and have difficulty achieving orgasm. The ingredients in femMED Libido work together as sex-drive enhancers and are successful in maintaining and increasing sexual desire, enhancing sexual satisfaction, and enhancing sexual response, thus combatting and often fully alleviating these...

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How Our Hormones Affect Our Libido Through The Decades And What We Can Do About Them

How Our Hormones Affect Our Libido Through The Decades  And What We Can Do About Them

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Hormones are the KEY to vibrant sexual health for women. Did you know that we have over 50 known hormones secreted by our body!?  Our sex hormones, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA and their balancing act or lack thereof, largely influences our sex drive or libido. What makes this even more challenging is that our hormone levels fluctuate with each decade.  The good news is, that armed with insight and knowledge, we can help make our libido BE what we want it to BE! In our teens, our sex hormones change wildly – resulting in some crazy behaviour. It helps to have patience and structure, knowledge and boundaries around emerging sexuality.  Our twenties bring on more hormonal stability as we mature and establish ourselves in careers and self-identity. It’s also a good time to start thinking about using a good quality multivitamin (containing calcium and magnesium as well). It can assist in laying a healthy foundation and calm PMS symptoms if present. Many hormonal changes that can affect our sex drive begin in our thirties.  Testosterone starts to decrease slowly for both men and women, affecting everything from desire to muscle tone. Pregnancy can also dramatically your alter libido, although this varies vastly from woman to woman.  Generally the second trimester is a time of increased desire and continues throughout the third trimester.  Post-partum brings on its own hormonal challenges with fatigue and body image playing enormous havoc with our sex lives. For some women,  it may take upwards of 12-32 months to fully feel “like yourself” after having a baby. The good news is that oxytocin, which is secreted with breast milk, is known as the “love” hormone and makes us feel warm and amorous to both our baby and our sweetheart, so save some of that loving for him! Let’s take a moment now to talk about cortisol. It’s one of the most important hormone’s that affects us throughout each decade.  Cortisol is mostly known as the hormone our bodies secrete when we’re under a high level of stress. It’s often called the “flight or fight response”. Whenever we’re feeling threatened or stressed this hormone allows our body to best manage the situation, too literally, survive. Many of us do not realize the impact that high, prolonged cortisol levels can have. When we’re under chronic stress, our bodies never have the downtime to recover and get back to normal. According to Dr. Kristy Prouse, Ob/Gyn and founder of The Institute of Hormonal Health, cortisol affects libido MORE than testosterone! Once the body does get back to normal hormone levels, a healthy sex drive often follows, usually.…… Hormone levels begin to decline more rapidly for most women in their forties and fifties.  Decreased progesterone may cause irritability, anxiety and elevated cortisol levels.  Testosterone decreases quickly (hormone of desire) and many women are perplexed as to why they simply...

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Experiencing “The Change” in Your Sex Life?

Experiencing “The Change” in Your Sex Life?

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Is there such a thing as sex after menopause? Absolutely! In fact, some women report that they enjoy sex more when they no longer need to plan sex around their menstrual cycles or worry about getting pregnant. Also, women often feel more connected to their bodies and more secure in their intimate relationships at this stage of life. However, let’s not be too Pollyanna– Going through “the change” can certainly change they way women experience sex, and for some, these changes can cause a significant degree of anxiety and frustration. As we age and approach menopause, our bodies go through profound hormonal shifts that can affect our sexual functioning, pleasure and desire: The marked decrease in estrogen can make the vaginal tissues drier, thinner, and less acidic causing sex to become uncomfortable or painful, and increasing the risk of infection. It generally takes more time for the vagina to become lubricated, even when you are feeling turned on. Reduced blood flow to the genitals can affect sensation and sexual pleasure. Hot flashes are anything but sexy and night sweats can disturb sleep, causing women to feel tired and irritable throughout the day. Mood fluctuations are common, and you may find that you are just “not in the mood” for sex. Low sexual desire is one of the most common complaints of menopausal women. BUT, don’t throw in the towel and conclude that menopause marks the end of your sex life. There are actually some simple steps that you can take to decrease menopausal symptoms, improve sexual pleasure, and give your sex drive a boost. So ladies, try some of these strategies to take the “pause” out of meno-pause and press the “reset” button on your sex life. Use it or Lose It The Kegel (named after Dr. Arnold Kegel) is the name for the exercise used to strengthen the pubococcygeus (PC) muscles that make up the pelvic floor. These muscles act like a hammock that supports pelvic organs: the bladder, urethra, uterus, and bowel. Why should women do Kegel exercises? Factors such as pregnancy, childbirth, pelvic surgery (such as a cesarean section), being overweight, and the normal effects of aging can result in weakening of the PC muscles. When these pelvic floor muscles weaken, the pelvic organs can descend and bulge into the vagina, a condition referred to as pelvic organ prolapse. This condition can be associated with significant pelvic pressure and discomfort, and can contribute to leakage of urine or feces. The PC muscles are like any other muscles in the body—If they do not get a regular “work out” they become weak and eventually atrophy.Vaginal atrophy is a common problem for menopausal women. So, this really is a “use it or lose it” phenomenon! Doing Kegel exercises regularly can help reduce the risk of urinary/bowel leakage and incontinence. Kegel exercises can also aid in the prevention and...

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Viagra For Women? Increase Your Libido Naturally

Viagra For Women?  Increase Your Libido Naturally

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Low libido is estimated to affect nearly half of North American women. It’s no wonder we find ourselves seeking viagra for women! Could it be as easy as popping a pill? Approximately 40% of women experience low sexual desire at some point. Common causes of low libido (or sex drive) in women are: hormonal imbalance stress fatigue medication side effects and relationship issues There really is no such thing as “normal” sex drive. Women vary greatly in their desire for sex. What is important is your own subjective experience of the sex you are having, or not having. Are there specific reasons why a women’s sex drive changes? All women will notice natural and normal fluctuations in their sexual appetites. Some of the variables that influence these fluctuations over time include age, hormonal changes associated with pregnancy or menopause, and illness. Sexual desire is further affected by psychological health and well-being; personal experiences and beliefs regarding sex; lifestyle; and relationship issues. Is there anything that women can do to increase their desire? Absolutely! Often there are some relatively simple steps that women can take to improve their libido. These may include some of the following: Consult with a medical and/or naturopathic professional to be sure you are getting appropriate care/treatment for any underlying illnesses or physiological causes of low libido Consider a natural libido supplement Get to know your own body, sexually (self-stimulation) Use a water-based lubricant Make lifestyle adjustments (exercise, sleep, stress management) Strengthen pelvic floor muscles (Kegel exercises) Address relationship issues Seek counselling from a sex therapist or couples counsellor skilled in addressing sexual issues femMED Libido is a doctor-formulated safe solution that enhances arousal levels and satisfaction, and improves lubrication and sexual response. It’s not really viagra for women, but it a safe, natural supplement that works gradually to increase your desire, lubrication and satisfaction. Key Ingredients L-arginine is an amino acid that helps increase blood flow to the pelvic area. Korean (Panax) ginseng helps to improve sexual desire, satisfaction, and vaginal dryness. Tribulus terrestris may help to improve testosterone levels, a key hormone that regulates libido. Ginkgo biloba helps to improve blood flow and sensation to the pelvic area; it may be particularly helpful for women with low libido due to taking antidepressant medications. Take charge with femMED Libido today. Customers Just Like You Find Success With Libido Ever since I hit menopause my sex drive has been virtually non-existent. It was really becoming an issue with my husband…and I really felt my marriage was in jeopardy. I just didn’t feel in the mood…ever. Then a friend of mine suggested I try Libido. Her doctor has suggested it for her and she swore by it. So last month I bought some and I can’t believe the difference it has made. It took awhile before I saw a difference but now I feel like my old...

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Hormones: The Key To Vibrant Health And Sexuality For Women

Hormones:  The Key To Vibrant Health And Sexuality For Women

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There is SO much for us to learn about our hormones!  This is part one in a brief overview about their importance in our daily lives, how to keep them balanced and at the same time improve our sexual lives. There are over 50 known hormones in our body and they regulate cell function, influence cellular activity and are chemical messengers.  They do this best when they are “balanced”. When hormones are NOT balanced, things happen in small or BIG ways. Imbalances occur due to internal and external factors. Estrogens Made in ovaries, adrenal glands and some fat cells 3 types: Estrone, Estradiol, Estriol Formation of female secondary characteristics, stimulates endometrial growth  Maintains skin and blood vessels,  increases bone formation, involved with protein synthesis, coagulation, lipid (fats) function, sodium and water balance and gastrointestinal function Link between increased Cortisol levels (stress hormone) and increased fat cells which increases levels of Estrogens (can cause Estrogen Dominance) Low Estrogen may cause: Brain fog Painful intercourse Recurring urinary tract infections Urinary incontinence Vaginal dryness Thinning of vaginal wall Low Libido Any of these sound familiar? Progesterone Progesterone is a very critical hormone, often underestimated in importance! Produced mostly by the ovaries and adrenal glands Regulates menstrual cycle and maintains a pregnancy Assists in thyroid function, bone building, relaxes smooth muscle, anti- inflammatory, regulates immune response, reduces gallbladder activity, normalizes blood clotting, zinc and copper levels use of fat stores for energy, helps promote quality sleep! Regulates effects of estrogen Low progesterone may cause: Anxiety & Sleep problems Difficulty handling stress Elevated Cortisol levels Estrogen dominant conditions Headaches Heavy periods Low bone density Miscarriages Water retention Abdominal weight gain   DHEA Makes testosterone and estrogen Peaks in our late 20’s then decreases steadily Increased Cortisol levels (stress)cause a decrease in DHEA Considered to be anti- aging in some studies Testosterone Essential to sex drive, maintains muscle, bones, skin, and the heart in women Produced mainly in the ovaries and much of it is converted to estradiol BCP decreases testosterone Low testosterone/DHEA may cause: High Cortisol Loss of strength, stamina Low or NO sex drive Memory decline Muscle wasting and weakness Fatigue Osteopenia Osteoporosis Sleep problems Vaginal dryness   Bio-Identical Hormones As we enter into perimenopause our hormones fluctuate and eventually decline with menopause and  as you can see from the lists above in the possible symptoms with low hormone levels, getting our hormones balanced can really assist us in feeling like ourselves once again!  There are a few options available to those who chose to treat low hormone levels. I do NOT ever recommend using synthetic hormones (HRT) such as Premarin and Provera, however, I DO recommend both natural supplements and Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement (BHRT). I personally use and recommend the femMED  line of natural, quality supplements.  In particular, many of my clients find Breast Health, Hormonal Balance and Menopause Relief  have really...

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