Published on May 14th, 2019
When women go through menopause, they suffer crippling symptoms such as joint aches, flushes, memory loss. When they go through the change, which lasts up to 15 years, they also suffer from loss of estrogen and testosterone.
This severely impacts their sexual drive. Sex becomes so painful that start losing interest in it. Sex after menopause is not a happy experience, lower levels of estrogen affect vaginal lubrication. Vagina is too dry for comfortable sex.
There are natural ayurvedic treatment to balance mind, body and spirt after menopause. Apart from this, you can also follow these tips to handle some of the most common symptoms of menopause:
1. Sex After Menopause: It Should Not Hurt
Most women going through menopause complain of virginal dryness. Sex becomes less enjoyable and more painful because hormonal changes make vaginal skin thinner.
Love making session after menopause could be as sensual as before if you apply lubricants such as grapeseed, sweet almond or olive oil. There are many over the counter vaginal moisturizers available in the market. Don’t buy the one which does not have hyaluronate.
2. Go For Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
There are much less to worry about the risks associated with HRT. Most women don’t take hormone replacement therapy, as they fear they will suffer from breast cancer. According to the UK Drug watchdog NICE, for every 1,000 women taking combined HRT (estrogen and progesterone) for 7.5 years, there are only five extra cases of breast cancer.
Although HRT is a very personal choice, which you must discuss with your doctor, but you must know that you are not going to die from breast cancer, thanks to availability of screening and early treatment.
3. HRT Restores Vaginal Health
Vaginal estrogen is available in different forms such as pill, cream or an internal ring. Estrogen pill is inserted into the vagina. Vaginal estrogen is more effective for those whose main symptom is vaginal dryness.
If you have a family history of breast cancer and want to avoid oral estrogen, you can use vaginal estrogen. Vaginal estrogen has fewer side effects as only a small amount of it can reach your bloodstream.
4. Keep Anxiety at Bay, Go For CBT
Anxiety often remains unrecognized despite the fact that majority of women face this symptom while approaching menopause.
Go for CBT (Cognitive behavioral therapy) to reduce your anxiety. It works better than many medications that you might be tempted to use.
If you undergo few sessions of CBT, you will find that anxiety attack that you get every night is no longer as severe as it used to be.
5. Do Yoga
How can you think about sex, when you have to deal with hot flashes, depressive and anxiety symptoms, insomnia, fatigue and night sweats? Turn to yoga.
It has the potential to boost your libido during menopause. Regular practice of yoga, you remain physically active. Physically active women have higher level of endorphins. They trigger a positive feeling in your body, lifting your mood at the night.
6. Cannabis Oil
cannabis-derived CBD oils are useful for hot flashes, aches & join pain, mood swings, depression, vaginal dryness. It is also useful for treating bladder control problems.
7. Plant-Based Hormone Therapy
Low level of estrogen is a common problem during the transition to menopause. It causes vaginal dryness. Don’t worry you have natural solutions to deal with this problem.
There are many plant foods which naturally contain phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens like lignans, coumestans, isoflavones either mimic or moderate estrogen actions in your body.
8. You Can’t Ignore Your Gut Health
Gut health has a huge role to play in hormonal health. Mediterranean-style diet produce the “Happy Hormone”, serotonin. So, eat plenty of vegetables, oily fishes, fruits and pulses. Sweet potatoes and flaxseeds also have potential to reduce hot flashes.