|Menopause and sex
Question : I'VE been going through menopause for almost
two years. I have not had sexual intercourse with
my husband for six months due to the discomfort
during intercourse. What can I do eliminate the
Answer : DURING menopausal years, the women's ovaries
stop producing oestrogen.
Low oestrogen levels can sometimes cause dryness
and thinning of vaginal tissues, making intercourse
uncomfortable and painful.
Anticipation of pain during intercourse due to vaginal
dryness and atrophy may dampen a woman's desire.
Black cohosh, sage, dong guai and other herbs that
are rich in natural plant oestrogens such as red clover
and soy are highly recommended to those who are
going through menopause.
Black cohosh is effective in treating pre-menopausal
symptoms and symptoms arising from ovarian
insufficiency (lack of oestrogen and progesterone
production) such as hot flushes and night sweat.
Dong quai, which is also known as the "female
ginseng", helps restore balance in woman's
reproductive system by toning the uterus, nourishing
the blood and stimulating healthy circulation.
A herbal formulation that contains all the five
herbs. will help women cope with the physical and
psychological changes during the menopausal period.
Vagina tearing and infection are common in women
who are going through menopause.
Supplementing the diet with friendly bacteria,
Lactobacillus GR-1 and RC-14, will help reduce the risk
of infection and improve general wellbeing of women.
These strains of friendly bacteria attach to the vaginal lining and
prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast.