By Michael A. Smith, MDmenopause, which is characterized by ovarian shutdown. So what do you think? Is a woman’s sexuality linked only to functioning ovaries?
We think the answer is no. A woman’s sexuality is not linked to her ovaries. We believe that women and men can have active sex lives well into advanced age. Why else would we have a “blue” sex pill for men? But here’s the million-dollar question: Where’s the “blue” sex pill for women?
Getting Back in the MoodSexual desire and pleasure do not need to decline with age. That’s an old way of thinking. Interestingly, many aging experts now claim that sex is actually an anti-aging strategy that keeps us both young and vibrant.
And here’s something important for all women to hear: Menopause is not a disease! It’s also not a midlife crisis. As a matter of fact, some women think it’s just the opposite. Here’s what we do know: As women get older, their sexual response is no longer tied so closely to pregnancy and surges of estrogen or progesterone. Instead, sex is more and more about pleasure, intimacy and excitement.
Life Extension’s own Dr. Stacey Nottingham says, “Menopause is a time when we’re finally accepting our bodies, when we are comfortable in our skin, and we know we are more than the sum of our physical attractions. It is a pause, where women now enter a new stage that I consider sexual mastery.”
So “I’m not in the mood” isn’t a permanent condition? Not at all.
That being said, what can you do if your spirit is willing but your body is not?
A Peruvian Sex Pill for WomenWomen who just aren’t in the mood and suffer from decreased sex drive might be having more of a physical issue than previously thought. There are two things that must happen physically in order for women to become sexually aroused. First, the labia must open. Second, the clitoris swells and rises to the surface. Without the clitoris coming to the surface, an orgasm won’t happen.
This is where Maca, a Peruvian herb, can help. It’s been used for over 2,000 years as an herbal aphrodisiac. It’s composed of two very important amino acids: arginine and histidine.1 Both amino acids have direct effects on the labia and clitoris.
Arginine is a vasodilator and increases blood flow to the labia, allowing it to open.2 Arginine also causes the clitoris to swell, bringing it to the surface. At the surface, the clitoris is more responsive to sexual stimulation, which for many women triggers vaginal lubrication.
Now, while all of that is going on, the histidine from Maca begins to convert into histamine inside specialized cells called mast cells within the clitoris. This is important because orgasm is dependent on histamine’s release.3
So as you can see, Maca provides the ingredients necessary to drive the physical components of sexual stimulation and orgasm.
Longevity & Sex Go TogetherSex is a healthy, vital part of expressing our love for our partner and it may actually help us live longer — or at least live happier. Don’t assume that menopause means the end of sex. In reality, it’s an amazing active time of life for many women.
Sometimes we just need a little help, that’s all.
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