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:
- Loss of confidence
- Lack of physical exercise
- 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 symptoms. When these symptoms are targeted and relieved by the herbs for female sex drive in femMED Libido, women can start desiring and enjoying their sex lives, which will contribute to their ultimate personal, social, and physical fulfillment.
Love Is In The Food
We’ve all heard about them, but do aphrodisiacs (foods that are thought to enhance sexual desire) really work? Well, we’ve done some digging to find out which ones are the most popular and why.
1) Happy as an Oyster
Oysters are believed to rev up your libido. This myth could have started because oysters are loaded with zinc which can help improve libido, raise testosterone and increase sperm production. There is no conclusive evidence to support this but they are a great source of omega-3s, which is known to promote a feeling of well-being. So split a few shells and see where the night takes you.
2) Crazy for Cacao
Pure chocolate (not milk chocolate) contains PEA (phenylethylamine) also known as “the love chemical”. PEA releases dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain and peaks during orgasm. It’s thought that the PEA in chocolate could help induce feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria but it’s doubtful. The small amount of PEA in chocolate is metabolised before it has time to take effect. Cacao also contains tryptophan, a component of serotonin which is known to promote a sense of well-being and relaxation. We’re not sure if eating chocolate will actually induce feelings of love and euphoria, but no women is going to say no to a gift of delicious chocolates.
3) Honeymoon – I’m Home
Mead or honey wine was traditionally served to newlyweds. Often, enough mead was provided to the newlyweds following the wedding to last them a month, since it was believed the first month was the sweetest. Although it has sometimes been claimed that the word honeymoon is derived from this practice, the first known reference to this term dates back to 1552 when it was used to describe the inevitable waning of love.
Today, honey is a great source of sugar which can help boost energy levels and it also comes in handy as a beauty product. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture to the pores. Spread some evenly on your face and let it sit for 30 minutes. When you scrub it off it will leave your skin soft with a rosy glow and you’ll be ready for date night.
4) Heating it up with Chillies
Chile peppers quicken your pulse, makes you sweat and stimulate the release of endorphins. Does this sound familiar to you? It should. All these things happen to you when you’re aroused. Chillies also have the bonus of being good for you, just like sex.
5) Pomegranate Juice for Two In pomegranate lore, it was once the fruit of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and believed to be a natural libido booster for both women and men. The jury is still out on this, but pomegranates are a delicious fruit that are full of vitamins A, B and C. They are also a good source of antioxidants which can help boost the immune system. Just be aware of how much you drink. Pomegranate juice, similar to grapefruit juice, is thought to interact negatively with certain medications. Experts believe that an 8-12oz glass of sugar-free pomegranate juice is perfectly fine but you shouldn’t exceed that amount, especially if you’re on certain medications.
So the next time you’re cooking up a romantic meal or find yourself on a fabulous dinner date, keep these top 5 aphrodisiacs in mind. Your love life and your health might thank you for it later. - Allison Todd
Changing up Valentine’s Day: Unique Date Ideas
Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, which means you have the whole weekend to celebrate! While going out for dinner is fun, we have come up with a list of 30 unique date ideas so that the occasion stays fresh. Let us know if you try any of these out!
- Ice skating.
- Wine tasting – many vineyards are affiliated with hotels and bed & breakfasts; see if you can book the whole weekend in wine country!
- Trivia Night at your local bar.
- Don’t want to spend $300 on hockey tickets?
Check out what games your local university team is playing.
- Go bungee jumping or sky diving.
- Go skiing or snowboarding. If you don’t know
how, take a lesson together!
- Couple’s spa.
- Cook a fun meal that you wouldn’t normally be bothered to make, e.g. tacos, paella, oysters etc…
- Go to the aquarium or zoo.
- Play laser tag.
- Find a comedy show.
- Take a cooking class.
- Play mini-golf.
- Find some live music in your area.
- Book a dinner cruise.
- Find an out-of-the-city B&B and spend the weekend relaxing.
- Go ice fishing.
- Go dog-sledding.
- Go beer tasting at your local brewery.
- Get dressed up and go to the opera or ballet.
- Go hot air-ballooning.
- Go snowshoeing or cross country skiing.
- Go to New York, or another nearby city you can get away to for two days.
- Treat yourself to a “staycation”! If you don’t have the time or money to get out of the city for a whole weekend, book a hotel in your own city for the night.
- Bring Paris to your living room and have a picnic at home. Pack red wine, a baguette, and brie!
- Catch up on Oscar movies with your favourite foods, a fire, and a blanket.
- Go camping (or rent a cabin if it’s too cold) in or near a national park.
- Go tobogganing.
- Find a local Karaoke bar.
For many couples, Valentine’s Day is just a “Hallmark holiday,” but for others its importance is rooted in the fact that it is representative of their relationship as a whole. For these latter couples who normally play the grand gesture game, staying home and watching Breaking Bad is indicative of a larger problem. If that problem is female sex drive, then femMED Libido is an effective solution that you can find in the Natural Health or Vitamin section of just about any pharmacy in Canada. Unlike Viagra, it takes between 2-3 weeks of consistent daily use to achieve its best results, and so now is the time to start “warming up your engine” in time for Valentine’s Day (and every day after that). If you’re in the “I-think-Valentine’s-Day-is-a-whole-load-of-commercial-crap-camp,” but also experiencing a low sex-drive, then try femMED Libido so that you can go back to getting the most out of your sex life on any given day. If nothing else, (the desire for and practice of) sex will give you something to do during this long winter month!