How To Save Your Sex Life From Menopause Dryness - Dana LaVoie, LAc

How To Save Your Sex Life From Menopause Dryness

Great Sex After 50: Part 2

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Great Sex After 50 Part 1: What is vaginal dryness, and how to treat it's non-estrogenic causes.

Great Sex After 50 Part 2: How to boost estrogen naturally with diet, lifestyle, and supplements before, during, and after (yes after) menopause -  to save your sex life from menopause dryness

Great Sex After 50 Part 3: How to treat vaginal dryness topically: Lubes, moisturizers, & topical hormones

Great Sex After 50 Part 4: Guest expert Clinical Sexologist & Intimacy Coach Jane Steckbeck joins me and shares her best tips, strategies, & tools on vaginal dryness, incontinence, pain with intercourse, and much more. 

Great Sex After 50 Part 5: Where did your libido go and how to get it back, a Tonic Herbalists perspective & tips.

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This is the second in a series of articles I’m doing on great sex after 50.  

In the first article (CLICK HERE to read that one) we covered

  • What is vaginal dryness and where does it come from?
  • The different causes of menopause dryness
  • How to overcome the non-estrogenic causes of vaginal dryness in menopause

In this post we’re talking about the big one - estrogen.

The first, most common cause of vaginal dryness during or after menopause is low or declining estrogen levels.  

And this post is all about how to boost those estrogen levels during perimenopause, menopause, and YES even post menopause.  

I want you to know…  Chinese Medicine loves this topic.  So here are the diet, lifestyle, and supplements basics you need to set the foundation for hormonal balance to help reduce or eliminate that menopause dryness.

And before I get into specifics, I want to give you a heads up.

There will be things in here you’ve heard before like eat more vegetables, drink more water and quit smoking.

And I want you to know, I’m well aware that this is often easier said than done.

But what you might not know that in Chinese Medicine, menopause is a time of huge opportunity - as in - it’s one of the best times in your whole life to make healthy changes.  They’re actually easier to make and they have an even bigger impact NOW than ever.

And I specialize in helping real women with real lives make these changes once and for all - for the long term.  So that they can turn their health around and improve everything from vaginal dryness to weight gain, low energy, etc, etc, etc.

So if you think you might be ready to start making some changes in your health, I want you to download my Menopausal Woman’s Roadmap.  It’s perfect during peri-menopause, menopause or after menopause.  It’s free and it will give you the first steps to take. They’re easy.  You can do them for sure. Plus, the roadmap will be followed up by an invitation to an hour-long class I teach online on boosting & balancing your hormones naturally.  It’s also free.  It’s a step by step system that makes easier than you ever thought possible to get on this healthy path once and for all.

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So keep that in mind as you read through these specific recommendations for overcoming menopause dryness naturally, and if you’re really ready, so am I.  

Fact #1: Diet Is The Place To Start If You Want To Overcome Menopause Dryness Naturally  

  • Without including the basic building blocks of hormones in your diet, you don’t really have a chance of making more estrogen naturally and increasing natural female lubrication.
  • The right diet is the foundation of helping your body make more hormones, like progesterone and healthy estrogens.  If you want menopause dryness natural remedies - diet is the place to start.
  • The right diet is also the foundation of helping your body detox aggressive estrogens
  • The right diet will feed the local microbiome of your vagina (so important) and will help keep the pH of the area correct.
  • The right diet will help keep insulin balanced and yeast under control

And every one of these plays a part in healthy natural lubrication. So yeah, it’s important 

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So.. What’s The Right Diet For Increasing Estrogen Safely & Naturally?

This is where so many women get stuck.  Because there is so much conflicting information out there.  Or because they try to stick to a diet that is too difficult… It’s not realistic that they’ll follow it consistently.  

So a diet that supports healthy estrogen levels can include: (See the Action Steps below for specific foods in each category)

  • Plenty of the healthiest unrefined fats rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins.
  • Plenty of fruits & vegetables in a rainbow of colors every day.  Fruit & veg need to make up a big enough percentage of your daily diet.
  • Include foods rich in B vitamins
  • Drink plenty of pure water every day
  • Use foods rich in phytoestrogens safely (CLICK HERE for a whole article on phytoestrogenic foods & how to use them)
  • Include probiotic-rich fermented foods

Foods To Avoid If You Want Your Body To Make More Healthy Estrogen & Increase Lubrication Naturally

Getting the right foods into your diet is the most important thing you can do.  But then, avoiding certain foods will boost your results

  • Excess coffee, alcohol, or white sugar
  • A high-glycemic diet (lots of sugar) causes a cascade of reactions in your body that seriously interfere with your hormones and with natural lubrication

Fact #2: The Right Supplements Can Supercharge Your Natural Lubrication and Help Your Body Make More Estrogen

  • Supplements can give you a concentrated, consistent supply of some hard-to-find hormonal building blocks

Let's talk about the best supplements for vaginal dryness in this week's blog

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What Are The Best Supplements For Vaginal Dryness During or After Menopause?

  • Fatty acids like flax seeds or evening primrose oil
  • Herbs rich in phytoestrogens like black cohosh can be wonderful, but I highly recommend working with an herbalist to get an herbal combination balanced for your body.
  • Take the highest quality multivitamin & multimineral (cheap vitamins = totally not worth it) to supplement your diet and make sure you’re not missing anything day to day.
  • Vitamin A, beta carotene, and B vitamins are particularly helpful for vaginal dryness.
  • Omega 3 essential fatty acids like fish oil or evening primrose oil help support the health of your cell membranes

What About HRT or Topical Hormone Creams?

Yes, hormones can boost estrogen systemically or locally and help with vaginal dryness BUT… If you’re going to use them, here are my recommendations:

  • Only start using hormones after you have the right diet, lifestyle, and supplements in place.
  • Work with an expert, a specialist to make sure you're on the right dose of the right hormones!

Fact #3: Certain Lifestyle Factors Are Absolutely Key For Helping Your Body Make More Estrogen

  • There’s something called VIP - its a chemical that’s produced by your body.  And when it’s in your bloodstream your natural lubrication can be doubled!

With diet + lifestyle + supplements you can boost estrogen to reduce vaginal dryness naturally (it's all on this weeks blog)

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Lifestyle Habits That Increase Estrogen Naturally

If your adrenals are exhausted by overuse of coffee, alcohol, and white sugar, severe stress, burning the candle at both ends for too long or the use of drugs like steroids or cortisone..

Your body is not going to be able to make enough estrogen during, and especially after, menopause.

So...

  • Stress management is absolutely necessary if you want your body to continue making estrogen during & after menopause when your ovaries slow way down.
  • Get enough rest and enough sleep
  • Get some sunshine
  • Take deep breaths every day
  • Use the power of your brain.  Do things that make you feel sexy and turned on on a regular basis.
  • Get the help you need to cut down on or stop smoking, and to stop using excess alcohol
  • Review all your medications with your doctor and see if there are any you don't absolutely need anymore (almost all medications have a side effect of dryness in Chinese Medicine)
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Action Steps: How To Increase Estrogen Naturally To Combat Menopause Dryness

  • DIET:  Include foods from all the categories above.  Here are some examples:
    • Liver is very high B12 content
    • Sardines
    • Wild-Caught Salmon
    • Phytoestrogenic foods like soy & legumes
    • Eat fermented foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt, natto, & kefir
    • Drink plenty of pure water
  • DIET: Avoid
    • Very sugary or refined foods
    • Preservatives and pesticides
    • Anything packed in plastic, because plastic contains xenoestrogens (you do NOT want these, they confuse your body and interfere with your natural estrogen)
  • LIFESTYLE
  • SUPPLEMENTS
    • Use superfoods and only the highest quality supplements like vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids
    • Use estrogenic herbs safely
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Sometimes you'd rather read than watch - I get it!

MENOPAUSE ROADMAP

5 Easy-To-Follow Steps + 3 Mistakes To Avoid

get started feeling better today!

click to download your FREE guide NOW

Hi, I'm Dana, an Acupuncturist, Herbalist, & founder of Menopause Basics. 

For 15 years I've been helping women use effective natural remedies to get relief from menopause symptoms and feel great afterwards.  It's my passion!

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My secret?  Start with including the right foods in your diet.  Get the building blocks your body needs to balance hormones and keep you healthy.  Every other menopausal remedy works better with this foundation in place.   

Here's what it takes: It's not a diet..  CLICK HERE to learn what to eat every day to supply your body with the building blocks it needs for healthy hormones & anti-aging in my FREE guide. 

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Hi, I'm Dana, a Senior Tonic Herbalist devoted to helping women find the secrets to balancing their hormones naturally and spiraling their health upward to new levels.

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