A Woman’s Guide to Improving Sexual Health - and Enjoying It!
For many women, the mere mention of the word ‘sex’ is enough to make them blush… or even feel uncomfortable. If that describes you, please know that sexual health is an integral part of your life, and just as important as all other aspects of your health. In fact, experts agree that it is the ‘secret’ of an overall healthy life. Research has proven that people who have a satisfying sex life enjoy better physical and mental health. A 2016 study in Manchester, England on the impact of sexual health in older adults found that desire, sexual activity, and sexual functioning in healthy sexual relationships correlated with a higher sense of overall well-being, for both men and women alike.
Physical Benefits of Sex
Releases endorphins, a group of hormones that activate the brain’s receptors and make us feel good, improve our mood, induce relaxation, reduce stress, and ward off anxiety and feelings of depression.
Great cardiovascular exercise, especially for women. Because your heartbeat increases during the act, your body’s blood flow circulation quickens which in turn lowers your blood pressure. A 2016 study by the Michigan State University even suggested that regular, healthy sexual activity decreases the future risk of cardiovascular disease.
Sexual arousal and orgasm are an excellent and natural analgesic that can reduce pain, such as headaches and premenstrual cramps, by dilating blood vessels and increasing the flow of nitric oxide.
Supports memory by stimulating neural activity.
Reduces stress after orgasm by lowering cortisol levels that can have lasting effects.
Induces quality sleep by promoting relaxation.
Releases hormones, like DHEA and oxytocin, that can protect against certain cancers such as breast cancer.
Strengthens and tones pelvic muscles, helping prevent urinary incontinence.
Promotes beauty! By improving your blood circulation and regulating your body fluid, the texture of your hair and skin also improve – which helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and cellulite.
Boosts the immune system, especially in women. Having healthy, enjoyable sex about two or three times a week raises immunoglobin levels, which in turn improves your body’s defenses.
If these benefits are so good for women, why does society try to stop you from enjoying a fulfilling sex life at any age? It is time to discard those outdated taboos once and for all and focus on improving sexual health, just like we do with immune or digestive health!
Why some women are not rocking their sheets?
The main reason is a lack of desire. But before dusting off that tried and true excuse of having a ‘headache,’ dig a little deeper into why you don’t want to have sex:
Is it emotionally motivated, such as when there are children present in the home or a partner has been unfaithful? In this case, open communication and dialogue are key to working together towards a solution and compromise.
Is there trauma or sexual abuse from your past? The best course of action would be to seek professional therapy to help you navigate your feelings.
Is the monotonous routine becoming predictable or boring? Spice it up! Get creative.
Could there be an underlying physical condition or b? Make an appointment with your doctor to rule out or confirm any suspicions and get the treatment you need.
Other ways to improve your sex life
Self-esteem affects your libido, so it is important that you find out what makes you feel comfortable and safe – as well as sensual. Take time to figure yourself out. Your confidence starts with self-care, from the inside out.
Get regular exercise, which will help you with stamina and flexibility, as well as increased blood flow to your sexual organs which stimulates sexual desire.
Eat healthy, nutritious foods. Choose soy products, flax seeds, and vegetables such as spinach. They all contain phytoestrogens which help increase sex hormones. Avoid eating heavy foods before slipping in between the sheets.
Get out of your own head. Let go of any reservations you have about sex and just dare to try! Put on new perfume, dress in clothes that make you feel sexy, and go for a bold or red lipstick.
Consult a sexologist who can guide you and answer specific questions.
Talk openly with your partner about your sexual concerns and needs. Explore and discover together, enjoying new avenues to sex.
We have supplements available, like the ones in our For Her package, designed to give you more energy and improve the quality of your skin and hair. We also have two Spanish books, Mejora tu Salud de Poquito a Poco and Santo Remedio para Mujeres which offer complementary information on sexual health.
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Sexual Health and Positive Subjective Well-Being in Partnered Older Men and Women (1)
Interactions of Sexual Activity, Gender, and Depression with Immunity (2)
Is Sex Good for Your Health? A National Study on Partnered Sexuality and Cardiovascular Risk Among Older Men and Women (3)
Sex Hormones Determine Immune Response (4)
Mejora Tu Salud de Poquito a Poco, Una guía completa de bienestar para ti y tu familia; Dr. Juan Rivera, Aguilar Editorial, 2016.
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