Ways to manage
Question : I'VE been going through menopause for almost two years
now. I have not had sexual intercourse with my husband
for one year. Due to the discomfort during intercourse, I dare
not think about sex.
Answer : DURING menopausal years, a woman's ovaries stop making oestrogen. Low oestrogen levels can sometimes cause dryness
and thinning of vaginal tissue, making intercourse uncomfortable
and painful. An expectation of pain with intercourse due to vaginal
dryness and atrophy may greatly dampen a woman's desire.
Herbs rich in natural plant oestrogens such as red clover and
soy are highly recommended. If you are suffering from other
menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweat and
irregular periods, supplementing with herbs such as black cohosh,
sage and dong guai may be helpful.
Vaginal infections (such as bacterial infection) within the vagina
can irritate its wall lining. Therefore, Lactobacillus GR-1 and
Lactobacillus RC-14 supplementation can produce mucous barriers
and secrete anti-infective proteins which prevent yeast from
attaching to the wall lining.
Many herbs have been widely used by women to improve their
libido and alleviate fatigue. These herbs include damiana, ginseng,
ginkgo, withania, puncture vine and horny goat weed.
Withania and puncture vine are two remarkable herbs used to
improve sexual desire and promote a balanced hormonal system.
Regular exercise can also improve sexual desire and overall well-being. In addition to being a great stress reliever, aerobic exercise
can improve blood flow to the pelvic area, helping to tone and
nourish vaginal tissue.