Emptiness is a terrible feeling; it is like a void which sucks you dry and leaves you drained and hollow. The colors of life turn grey, the best moments become tedious and you feel heartless.
It’s all these deplorable experiences a woman has to suffer from while she goes through menopause. Women, under menopause, have a declining sexual interest and to them intimacy is like a thing of the past.
This is all done by the shutting down of the ovaries, a thinning of the vaginal walls, and low estrogen and progesterone levels in the body. Hot flushes and insomnia is a common thing and so are changes in mood and temperament which makes you wonder what’s next for you.
For women, a decline in their sexual desire is an alarming situation as a cuddle filled night loses the feelings it had years before. So here are 5 ways on how you can increase libido after menopause.
Go Slow On Alcohol
Alcohol has been known for not being “sex friendly.” It creates a virtual cloud around the mind which does not allow you to think or see properly, let alone have enjoyable sex.
Studies have shown repeatedly that alcohol is not an aphrodisiac, rather it is far from that. It is widely known to cause erectile dysfunction in men if they drink too much weird drinks. However, it also causes a decrease in sexual desire in women when they consume the same amount of drinks.
Too much alcohol delays a woman’s orgasm and leads to lower satisfaction and gratification. Alcohol also worsens menopausal flushes and insomnia and causes nutritional deficiencies which is adverse effects as it is most needed after menopause.
Practice Some Yoga
Taking some time out for yourself is essential to wash away all the emotional challenges you face after menopause. What better way to soothe the soul but with yoga which is both a traditional as well as contemporary form of therapy.
A study carried out to analyze the benefit of yoga to increase sexual desire in women showed that yoga appears to be an effective method in improving sexual functions in them. The researchers also claim that patients and yogis feel it is useful in treating sexual disorders.
The women also rated yoga to be better than medications, which treat sexual dysfunctions, as they carry side effects and have low effectiveness.
Talk It All Through With Your Partner
Talking things out with your partner solves problems and removes a lot of misunderstandings between couples. Talk to them how they are affecting the way you experience sex and what can be done to improve it because studies have shown that your relationship status is more important than hormonal factors for women in their midlife.
Stress might be a common cause of abstinence in women during sex so it is best if you talk things out with your partner. Sharing your concerns eliminates any type of hint that might have been passed unnoticed.
Exercise Will Do The Trick
Exercise makes you feel young and fresh as it moves your whole body with rhythm and flow. Any cardio activity like running, walking or swimming will make you enjoy life. In addition, women who took part in physical exercises experience higher levels of sexual desire.
Apart from that, as menopause results in the vaginal tissues becoming thinner and less elastic, one way to increase sexual pleasure is to do Kegel exercises, which basically engage the muscles of the vagina. And all muscles which are engaged in exercise become stronger and healthier.
Phytoestrogen-Containing Foods Are Better Than Hormonal Therapy
We know hormonal therapy in postmenopausal women is dangerous as it can lead to heart problems, hypertension and an increase in acne and body hair; which you don’t want under any circumstances. But all is not lost, a study points out that phytoestrogens can help you reach that much needed orgasm to soothe your worries of postmenopausal days.
Phytoestrogens are just like estrogen, but only produced naturally in plants. In fact they are called “plant estrogens.” They are found in lenticels, coffee, nuts, seeds and many herbs.
A study has shown that phytoestrogens increase the sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) in the blood which binds to two sex hormones; estrogen and androgen. High levels of SHGB means higher levels of estrogens, which is a good thing.
In addition, phytoestrogens increase bone mineral density in postmenopausal women which is also a much needed thing as menopause is linked with osteoporosis.