Women's Sexual Health

Safe natural remedies for women’s sexual health and fertility.

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Introduction

Sexual Health and Fertility
Enjoying our Sexuality
Research
Homeopathy and Women's Sexual Health
Treat Yourself with Homeopathic Remedies

Selection of Homeopathic Remedies:
Sepia, Helonias, Platina, Cimicifuga.

Herbs/Supplements for Women's Sexual Health:
Ashwaganda,
Arginine, Maça, Rhodiola, Shatavari.

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Introduction

enjoying our sexualityIf this is an area you don't want to discuss, or find offensive, I suggest you stop here, and visit a different page!

Women’s sexual health isn’t something we hear much about. Although women consult doctors, therapists and health care websites far more than men, it’s different when it comes to sexual health.

Men’s sexual health websites and products are increasingly popular. Like me, you probably get a lot of spam emails advertising male products. Any female products? No, I didn’t think so.

Now, I am NOT about to try to sell you any products to enhance your sex life. I just want to open a discussion, and offer a little information.

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Sexual Health and Fertility

Sexual health is not only about pleasure. It also includes fertility. This is one area where both men and women do consult doctors. Unfortunately, many fertility problems are never traced to a medical cause. It is worth looking at alternatives, such as homeopathy, or supplements, which treat the whole person rather than one part. I have personally seen many successes in my own practice.

More on supplements for fertility soon.

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Enjoying our Sexuality

Sex is normal and natural. Sex can be very pleasurable.

There is no obligation to have a high sex drive, or to feel that sexual pleasure is an important aim in life. For some people this is not important. If you are happy as you are, then you don't need any kind of treatment.

Some people are not happy with their sex lives, and feel that things could or should be better. We all have different sex drives, and this is complicated by where and how we grew up. Different cultures, religions and parents impart different beliefs, and not all believe that sex is OK.


Sometimes too, unpleasant life experiences can put us off. Lack of confidence, lack of privacy, or inconsiderate sexual partners, may let us believe pleasurable sex is not for us. Sexual abuse, forced marriage, domestic violence or rape can be very damaging.

The situation may be complicated by physical conditions such as endometriosis, cancer, vaginismus, urinary tract infections, candida/thrush - anything that makes sexual contact uncomfortable.

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Research

research womens sexual healthGood research is very hard to come by, when it comes to our sex lives. Here is just one example: The plant commonly called Maça (Lepidium Meyenii) has quite a reputation for both men and women.

Recommended dosages are around 1000-3000mg day, about a tenth of an ounce. Yet in its native Peru, where this small, hardy, turnip-like plant grows, local people eat on average five pounds of it each week. Are they all sexual superheroes? If they were, I think we would have heard about it.

Most of Maça’s reputation comes from advertising, not facts. (Click to read more about
Maça.)
"A lie will fly around the World while Truth is still putting on its pants"  a popular saying.
Quantity is not everything of course, just as size is not everything, as any woman knows. My training in classical homeopathy has shown me that the tiniest doses of the right thing can have far-reaching effects. Homeopathy can be helpful with sexual or fertility problems: read more at Homeopathy and Women’s Sexual Health.

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Homeopathy and

Women’s Sexual Health.

Homeopathy is a wonderfully sympathetic treatment for people with sexual or fertility problems. Not only is it personal, supportive and confidential. It also recognizes that everyone has a right to enjoy life to the full, whatever their appearance, age, inclinations or history.

Homeopathy is not judgmental. A remedy is chosen for you individually, matching your personal circumstances, and taking many health issues into account. The more healthy and fulfilled you are as a whole person, the greater the sexual health and fertility you can enjoy. For a taste of one or two homeopathic remedies, read on below.

Online consultations offer maximum privacy, and can be most helpful if you have embarrassing, personal or upsetting issues to discuss, or cannot find a therapist locally.

Read more at:

How does Homeopathy Work
The Homeopathic Consultation
Online Consultations

Women’s Health
Women's Health - Menopause NEW PAGE

Homeopathy in Pregnancy and Childbirth
Pregnancy and Childbirth: Natural Remedies
Homeopathy for Menopause

Men’s Sexual Health
Homeopathy for Men


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Treating Yourself with Homeopathic Remedies

homeopathic remedies for womens sexual healthHomeopathy is a fantastic system of medicine to use at home for yourself and your family, friends or children. You can safely treat acute problems like colds, mild fevers, headaches, cuts and bruises, or earaches. But when it comes to sexual or fertility issues, we are all deep and complicated, people, and homeopathy is deep and complicated, and it is better to receive treatment from a qualified professional.

Below are outlines of five homeopathic remedies, to give you a flavour of the depth of understanding homeopathic treatment can offer. These are remedies best given under the guidance of a professional homeopath like myself.

All of these remedies might also be useful for men. Note: Reconstruction of homeopathic sections of website
Changes in UK law have obliged me to remove suggested usage from specific homeopathic medicines. Homeopathy is still entirely legal, and available just as before, but medicines are now categorised as ‘’unlicensed products’. I apologise for this inconvenience. It is my opinion that restricting this information makes the use of homeopathic medicines less accurate and reliable for the general public.

Although I cannot give general guidelines on the website, you may still consult me, or another qualified homeopath, as an individual client. As this is more time-consuming, I may have to charge for this service.


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Sepia

sepia cuttlefishThis remedy is made from the ink of a cuttlefish.

The cuttlefish is a beautiful and delicate sea creature, vulnerable because she has no shell. When under threat she puts up a smoke-screen of ink.

Sorry – information removed for reconstruction. Please see special note above.



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Cimicifuga

Also called Actaea Racemosa, this remedy is made from a graceful North American plant with tall spires of white flowers.

Sorry – information removed for reconstruction. Please see special note above.

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Helonias

Also known as False Unicorn Root or Blazing Star. A pretty rosette of leaves surmounted by waving, wavy spikes of pale flowers.

Sorry – information removed for reconstruction. Please see special note above.

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Platina

platinum homeoapthic platinaMade from the metal Platinum.

It is silver-white, shiny and precious.

Sorry – information removed for reconstruction. Please see special note above.




You can see how different these remedies are (or you would be able to, if the law change had not obliged me to remove the information). There are many other homeopathic remedies that may suit your situation better: getting the right one can make all the difference. Please arrange for a consultation and do not try to treat yourself for these issues.

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Herbs and Supplements

 for Women’s Sexual Health

Arginine

Arginine is an amino acid – one of the building blocks of protein. It is well known as a sexual enhancer for men (see Men’s Sexual Health). Less well known is its effect on women. The mechanism by which Arginine assists the male erection is by increasing Nitric Oxide, which regulates blood flow. But Arginine allows extra blood to flow to both male and female genitals. This usually feels good!

Arginine has not been tested on its own in women, but in a combination with other herbs (Panax Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba, Damiana), with multi-vitamins and minerals, an astonishing 71% of women reported increased sexual desire. This research was not funded by any manufacturer. Although reporting of libido levels is very subjective, I think this study is worthy of note.

Arginine is required for insulin production and blood sugar control, and may inhibit the absorption of fat, so may be useful in weight control. In addition, it is beneficial to the arteries of the heart.
The technical name for Arginine is L-Arginine.

Warnings: Avoid in cases of schizophrenia.
Avoid if prone to, or suffering from, herpes infection, because anginine 'feeds' the herpes virus. The amino acid Lysine antagonises the virus.
Avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding; physician’s guidance with liver or kidney problems.
For maximum effect, take separately from protein, 30-60 mins before or after protein meals.

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Ashwaganda

Withania Somnifera, a member of the pepper family.

A widely used Ayurvedic herb. Ashwaganda is important traditionally in the treatment of the nervous and reproductive systems. It appears to be rejuvenating, and is traditionally taken to tone the womb after a miscarriage, abortion or childbirth. It is a tonic, which strengthens, energises and calms, but is not a stimulant, despite the rumours of aphrodisiac properties (the name allegedly means ‘imparting the strength of a stallion’ hence its popularity in male supplements).

Warnings:
Because of its tranquillising effect, it should not be combined with other sedatives.

Safety during pregnancy is unknown, but one of its traditional uses is to induce abortion, so I do not advise it.


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Maça

macaLepidium Meyenii: a member of the brassica family like turnip and radish. This small root is a staple food in the high Andes. Maça has a powerful traditional reputation as an aphrodisiac for both sexes. It also has other health benefits.

Maça has a high nutritional content, with many minerals including Selenium, Calcium, Magnesium and Iron. It is used extensively in Peru today, for fertility problems, as an immune system stimulant, and to enhance memory.

Maça has a high Arginine content (see Arginine above). It also contains high levels of Histidine, an amino acid with an important role in sexual function. Histidine helps our bodies make histamine, which is essential for orgasms, and increases blood flow to the genitals. This is why anti-histamine drugs can cause difficulty with orgasms. In men, it is essential for ejaculation, and high levels may be involved in premature ejaculation. Too much of a good thing!

Maça contains a chemical called p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate, which allegedly has aphrodisiac properties. The majority of the research, however, has been conducted or funded by the main marketers of Maça products, so it was hardly impartial. Also, libido is very subjective and not readily amenable to ‘scientific’ research.
Recent research reveals that Maça does not affect testosterone levels (testosterone is involved in sex drive in both sexes).

I know of no warnings for this herb; there is no information about safety in pregnancy.


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Rhodiola

This is one herb I use myself regularly, and often recommend to others. If you simply feel too run down to get interested in sex, or you have had too much going on to give your sex life much energy, consider Rhodiola.

This herb is an adaptogen, which means it supports the body during stress. It acts in several ways:

Rhodiola looks after our adrenal glands, the ones that make all those hormones when we are stressed. Of course, long-term difficulties are the most damaging to the adrenals, because they get overworked, just like us.

Rhodiola protects our immune systems from the effects of stress. And a stressed person is not a sexy person.

Rhodiola can help depression by boosting serotonin, a brain chemical linked with good mood. Unlike St. John’s Wort, Rhodiola does not interact with conventional drugs.

Positive results from studies also show an improvement in both primary and secondary amenorrhoea (absence of periods).
Research shows Rhodiola improves indicators of male sex hormones; in every other way it acts equally on men and women. It seems likely that libido and sexual energy could also improve in women with a dysfunction of the sex glands. There is as yet no research to back this.

Warnings:
Rarely, this herb requires supervision if you have coronary spasm or fluctuations in arterial pressure; requires supervision if you have nervous excitability and hypertension.


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Shatavari

Asparagus Racemosus: another very important Ayurvedic herb for women’s sexual health, compare Ashwaganda above. It is soothing, and a tonic. It has a traditional reputation as an aphrodisiac: I do not know of reliable research to back this up. It contains plant sterols, glycosides and many other compounds.

In India, considerable research has been done into its usefulness for cholesterol, liver, and cancer problems, but I have not seen the results.

Shatavari has been traditionally used in the treatment of infertility, loss of libido, threatened miscarriage, and menopausal problems, amongst other things. It has been used for both male and female fertility. In ayurvedic terms it is ‘sweet, moistening and nourishing’. Sounds good! (could just be ayurvedic advertising).

It is a very safe herb but must be avoided in pregnancy, as it may be teratogenic (causing malformations of the foetus). So take care if you are trying to conceive.


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