Natural solutions for sexual wellbeing
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According to recent studies, over 90% of adult women report having concerns about their sexual health.
Our sexuality is a major part of our life and can greatly affect our overall physical, mental and emotional health. Unfortunately sexual wellness is an aspect of our health that is largely ignored and avoided, and, as such, very much misunderstood. This is mainly because it can be uncomfortable to discuss, even with a health professional.
Sex is a natural part of life. Aside from being the very process of our procreation, sex is an instinctual activity that most adults enjoy on a regular basis. And sex is good for your health – with or without a partner. In addition to raising hormone levels (retaining your youth), sex can also boost metabolism, brain function, heart health and immunity. However, due to diet, lack of physical activity, stress, anxiety, prescribed medications, tiredness and a slew of other inhibitors, many women suffer from various sexual health issues.
“What we know is that very little of what’s going on with women and sex is below the waist. Almost all of it is above the neck.” – Anita Clayton, Professor, University of Virginia’s Center for Psychiatric Clinical Research
Studies show that over 87% of women have concern about a lack of interest in sexual activity.
A female’s libido is much more complex than that of a male. For most men with healthy testosterone levels, they are ready to go anywhere at any time. It usually doesn’t take much ‘encouragement’ for men to get aroused, especially with the continuous stream of visual stimulation from the ever-expanding cache of media outlets. For women, it is different. Our sexual desire is more holistic. It involves our thoughts and beliefs, our emotions and feelings, as well as our bodies. When we are out of balance with any part of that, we don’t feel as sexy and are therefore simply not as interested.
So how can we naturally increase our sexual desire?
It is not as easy as just popping a Viagra. Women need to address several areas of their overall wellness in order to be aroused. First, we need to have enough energy. We need to be stress-free and at peace. The desire comes from deep within a woman’s soul. It’s that craving to connect and that longing to express love and passion. A healthy diet and physical activity can certainly improve female libido. It is also good to take a daily supplement to support the body from the inside out.
One supplement that I highly recommend is Add Lib, which contains a natural blend of herb extracts and vitamins formulated for women looking to increase energy, desire and mood. I’ve taken Add Lib daily for over a year now and it has made a huge difference in my life and relationship. I look and feel younger, having more sustained energy throughout the day. I’m more physically active than ever before with improved endurance and stamina. I feel better about myself and have more sexual desire. Self improvement is an on-going process, as we are all a work in progress. By having more motivation and incentive, it is much easier to mark personal improvement.
Another area of concern is vaginal dryness. Almost 75% of women report inadequate lubrication.
Even young girls in their early 20’s can have a problem with dryness if they take antihistamines, birth control, or prescription drugs. Of course natural lubrication diminishes with age as well. It can be embarrassing and terribly uncomfortable when a woman is not ‘wet’ enough for penetration. Foreplay is extremely important to ‘prime the pump’ so to speak. Cunnilingus is an excellent way to lubricate the area, and may also induce orgasm. However, some women still need additional lubrication for comfort and longer-lasting pleasure.
You need to be careful about what you put in and on your body, as most common lubricants contain petroleum-based chemicals, parabens and synthetic ingredients that can be harmful to your health. One all-natural personal lubricant that I recommend is The Natural. Just like its name, it contains natural ingredients to support women’s health and sexual wellness with additional potential health benefits. It has a silky smooth base of carrageenan, which is a marine algae extract. Do your own research on carrageenan, as it has been studied extensively in preventing STDs, HPV and cervical cancer. In addition carrageenan, The Natural also contains organic aloe and agave inulin to soothe sensitive vaginal tissue. It is safe to use as a daily vaginal moisturizer to stay supple, and it’s great to apply after shaving as well.
The last issue we’ll discuss here is sexual satisfaction. Over 83% of women have concern with difficulty to achieve orgasm.
This is also where women differ from men, as it is primarily a physical function and fairly easy for guys to experience orgasm through ejaculation. All women are different, and it can take a lot of time and various techniques to reach orgasm. It is important to experiment with your own body to find the best way to achieve maximum pleasure, and then direct your partner in how to participate.
It may also be fun to try a stimulation gel to help increase arousal and sensitivity. Just a few drops gel massaged into the clitoral area can significantly intensify physical pleasure. The tingly sensation can really add some zing to your sexual experience and may also help induce stronger, more frequent orgasms. Be sure to choose an all natural product such as [G] Stimulating Gel, as it does not contain petro-chemicals, parabens, glycerin, or any harmful chemicals.
Remember there is nothing wrong with you if any of these issues are personal concerns of your own. As you can see with the unbelievably high percentages stated here, that you are not alone and these concerns are quite common. The products mentioned above can all be found at www.DreamBrands.com. The data from the research studies mentioned in this article were conducted at University of North Carolina and Yale University. The women surveyed were ages 18-87 (median age 44).
Allura Joy has worked with women of all ages and of diverse backgrounds for many years in offering support, holistic therapy and relationship counseling, as well as sharing valuable resources and useful information in the areas of women’s sexuality, health & wellness. Allura has facilitated various women’s groups, retreats, conferences and special events for women to come together in community to share, connect and support one another.
By Allura Joy