Loss of libido or sex drive is a common concern for women entering menopause. With a variety of symptoms such as increased stress, irritability, fatigue, hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness, women may have little desire for intimacy. Some women experience sexual dysfunction in their inability to achieve climax. Fluctuating hormones decrease women’s sex drive as menopause signals the end of fertility.
Estrogen and progesterone are female sex hormones produced by the pituitary and endocrine glands. During the onset of menopause, these hormones can fluctuate severely, causing extreme changes in normal body functions. This abrupt change decreases sleep, concentration, natural, sexual lubrication, sex drive, and women’s ability to find pleasure during sexual intimacy. Increased sensitivity to touch can cause some women to feel pain or discomfort from stimulation. Medications are not the answer. With a few simple lifestyle adjustments, alternative therapies and additional patience, women and their partners can increase the duration and frequency of their lovemaking.
AcupunctureAcupuncture, a several thousand-year-old alternative therapy, balances body chemistry and increases libido. Relieving pain, preventing illness and promoting health, this ancient Chinese remedy is painless. The body is made of energy. The Chinese refer to this energy as “Qui”. Imbalances in this energy cause illness. Western traditions often treat symptoms of illness. Acupuncture treats the whole body so that women can heal themselves.
Low libido, vaginal dryness, fatigue, irritability, sensitivity to touch, and fluctuating hormones are all addressed directly through acupuncture. A professional Acupuncturist places minute pins called needles along the body. A particular path, mapped by ancient acupuncturists becomes blocked by body toxins, stress, muscle and tissue injury and disease. The acupuncturists, with the help of Traditional Chinese Medicine, unblock the path to healthy energy.
Women find acupuncture a useful tool for weight loss, anxiety, irritability, waning sex drive, fatigue, as well as hot flashes and night sweats, from fluctuating hormones during menopause. Sexual health is as important as physical, emotional, and mental health. A broken toe throws off the entire body, interfering with balance, gait, and posture, as does the lack of sexual health. Explaining the chemical and emotional changes in the body can help relieve partners of guilt and anxiety regarding the lack of sexual desire.
ProofEastern medicine practices use Acupuncture to heal a variety of maladies. In Western culture, this alternative therapy is practiced regularly. Research regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture varies. The technique, however, is successful in reducing the severity of menopausal symptoms. Testimonials from menopausal women also indicate improvements in sex drive, hot flashes, weight management, and fatigue. Acupuncture has also proven to reduce headaches, migraines, muscle and joint disorders, and emotional stress. With few, if any, a side effect, acupuncture is a low risk, cost effective, long-term alternative therapy for waning libido.
Women who suffer from extreme genital sensitivity, pain or discomfort during intercourse should consult a medical health professional for additional testing and treatment. The peak and flow of sexual desire is a natural life transition. Patience and openness with a partner can increase the desire for intimacy.
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