Menopause is a very difficult time for many women as their bodies enter a new phase of life and they have to begin to adjust to what amounts to a new body. Childbearing is a thing of the past, and her body undergoes a number of hormonal changes. They affect the way she thinks and acts. Menopause generally lasts between five and eight years.
One of the most significant effects menopause has on a woman is low sex drive. Some women lose complete interest in sex during menopause. But it is the years following menopause that is the focus of this article.
What are the challenges for the post-menopausal woman who wants to continue to enjoy sex but finds her interest fading or completely gone?
What are the available female libido booster to increasing her libido after menopause?
Are there any natural alternatives to boost sex drive after menopause is over?
There are two general challenges for the woman to overcome to move forward from menopause – her body and her mind. More accurately, her biology and the effect that biology has on her view of life. We will not try to get super psychological here, only to say that the biological changes have a direct correlation to the attitude towards sex.
While aging is likely to decrease the woman’s libido two to three times more than a man’s. Going through menopause has a negative effect on the hormones estrogen and androgen. The drop off of these levels makes the woman more stressed out and more likely to become depressed. Other changes in the body, such as an underactive thyroid gland and anemia can make the problem worse.
It is a two-pronged battle for the post-menopausal woman. But because of the biological connection, the best approach appears to be dealing with the biological deficiencies that can, in turn, directly affect the woman’s mental state and result in a general overall improvement. Modern medical practice generally has two approaches to the solution – medical and all-natural.
Medical Solutions to boost sex drive
Estrogen treatments are by far the most commonly discussed method of restoring libido in post-menopausal women. One of the primary reasons for this is that the loss of estrogen experienced during menopause often results in vaginal dryness, making intercourse painful rather than pleasurable. Biologically, the vagina gets somewhat smaller but also the tissue becomes thinner – and drier – accounting for the painful experience.
The problem with estrogen treatments is they are usually discussed in the context of hormone replacement therapy. In this context there is an increased risk of blood clots forming, as well as stroke and a slight increase in getting breast cancer. Depending on the woman, she may choose the reward and ignore the risk. But as they say, everybody’s body is different.
A safer alternative is localized estrogen treatments otherwise known as vaginal estrogen treatments. The estrogen can be applied using a cream, inserting tiny pills inside the vagina, or inserting a ring into the vagina which releases estrogen over a three month period before needing to be replaced, if necessary.
The male counterpart of estrogen – testosterone – has direct connection to libido. The problem with the pharmaceutical approach to using testosterone to increase libido is partly the side effects. May occure increased growth in body hair, and partly that you have to use it every day in order to have any significant effect on libido.
The pharmaceutical angle cannot be closed until briefly discussing what is commonly known as “female Viagra.” The drug got FDA approval about a year ago and is directed at changing the brain chemistry of the woman, as the company’s research has demonstrated the problem with loss of libido is primarily in the brain.
The problem for post-menopausal women is that the drug is designed for pre-menopausal women. The exact reason is not clear, but perhaps the thinking is that by altering the brain chemistry prior to entering full blown menopause, the effects will last through menopause and after. However, changing the brain chemistry does not help with vaginal dryness or a loss of the key hormone estrogen.
Natural Solutions to increase libido in women
A number of women choose to avoid the potential complications introduced by drugs and go the all-natural route. More than a few doctors recommend the all-natural route to their patients since alternative therapies are better than watching a woman suffer even more stress during and after menopause because of her lack of libido.
One of the more promising treatments is ArginMax. Before we enter the discussion about this natural alternative, it is not for every woman. Women with diabetes or asthma, or who are taking any number of prescription drugs to treat blood pressure or blood thinning drugs can’t use ArginMax.
Its ingredients are all-natural, and include ginseng, ginkgo, calcium, iron, and Vitamins A, C, and the B-complex group. Notice that some of the ingredients follow the biological connection to post-menopausal conditions such as anemia (iron). How the supplement works is parallel to many of the male enhancement supplements. By increasing the amount of nitric oxide produced, that in turn increases circulation, particularly in the genital area. The result is an increased ability to get sexually aroused.
If you want to get really natural, you can follow the general recommendation for every person – exercise. This obviously increases circulation in the body and promotes general health. Exercise is a great stress reliever (when significant exertion is the norm). Maintaining a regular regimen is sure to boost your self-esteem, tackling one of the psychological aspects of a loss of libido.
We need to be honest here. Menopause is a stage of life every woman will go through, and reversing the effects of aging is not going to be solved by a magic pill. What is clear is that there are two major sources to the problem, both connected, and can be addressed in different ways. While having a higher self-esteem may not thicken the vaginal tissue, it is one part of a total solution.
The first step should be making an appointment to see your doctor and discuss the problem with him/her. This is especially important if you are on any prescription medication. You should specifically ask if the doctor has any all-natural approaches to recommend. This will show evidence that they are really looking at a solution to your problem rather than trying to sell you what may or may not be the best for you.
Being realistic about the problem and talking to your partner about it. These are two simple ways to begin the path to restoring your loss of libido due to menopause.