All About Sexual Side Effects Of Menopause

By Elena Shephard

"Your generation did not invent sex!" is a common phrase that parents have been using to remind their children and teenagers especially when they are out of order with their sexual behavior. It is comforting for every midlife women to know "your generation did not invent menopause and sex!" there have been women before you and you definitely will not be the last one to experience the sexual side effects of menopause.

This is not meant to diminish the intensity and criticalness of the sexual side effects of menopause. As a matter of fact, research has found out that close to a third of women in the US are concerned that they do not find sex pleasurable anymore and that they no longer reach orgasm. While it is true that you are not the first one to undergo these changes, the truth is that there are those who had the challenges but took the time to handle them properly and so they have an inspiring story. There are however others who bore the brunt of the sexual side effects with some ending in separations and divorces as they couldn't handle it as a couple. This article aims at equipping you with the necessary facts and information so that you are better placed to handle the sexual side effects in a victorious way so that you are not the victim but the victor together with your spouse; you can still enjoy your menopausal years even with the sexual side effects.

Hormonal changes and sexual side effects of menopause

During the period leading up to menopause, there are a lot of changes that take place in woman's body. The body's production of reproductive hormones like estrogen, testosterone and progesterone starts to decline and fluctuate; this is the major source of sexual problems in women.

Estrogen is the primary female reproductive hormone. Estrogen plays a critical role in the general well-being of woman and specifically ensures that the vagina is moist, well supplied with blood and that it is elastic and stretchy.

During menopause, the amounts of estrogen produced by the body fluctuate with a general declining trend; this wrecks havoc in a woman's sexual life. The absence of estrogen would translate to less blood supply to the vagina, less elasticity and stretching of the vaginal walls and lining and also means a dry vagina. This would cause the vulva tissues to be thinner, drier and less elastic, a condition that is known as vulvovaginal atrophy. This condition is also enhanced by the less lubrication supplied to the vagina and an increased pH in the vagina and therefore, the vagina is less acidic just as it were at puberty. Most women at this stage would opt not to have regular sex; unfortunately, less regular sex would have the vagina shorter and narrower. When such a woman eventually tries to have intercourse, she is bound to experience pain because the vagina and vulva are dry, thinner and less elastic.

There is bound to be some tearing that would lead to bleeding during intercourse and whenever there is an attempt for penetration. This would affect her desire for sex as she associates sex with pain. It is preferable that a woman continues to have regular sex even during the menopausal time because it will help keep the vagina moist, elastic, and have it thick and long. This way a woman will continue to have pleasure during sexual intercourse.

Apart from these direct effects on the vagina, a reduction in the amounts of estrogen could indirectly affect the sexual life of a woman. Low estrogen leads to such menopausal symptoms as hot flashes, anxiety, stress, urinary incontinence and night sweats. This more often than not drains a woman's energy leaving her with very little sexual desire and sex drive.

Solutions sexual side effects during menopause

There are many menopause treatment and remedies for sexual side effects during the menopausal period.

Discuss with your partner and health provider

Sexual side effects of menopause definitely affect the sexual relationship of a woman. Many women shy away from discussing sexual problems in women but it is important that a woman takes time to discuss these effects with her partner and with her doctor. Your sexual partner is better placed to understand what you are going through and to support you through menopause if you share with them what you are going through; it builds trust between the two of you. You could together then approach your doctor who could give professional advice on how to combat the sexual effects of menopause in a healthy manner.

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes are usually cheap and easy to implement. They include eating foods that can boost estrogen activity in the body like soy and eating balanced diets of healthy foods. It is important to take lots of water and engage in regular exercises like kegel and any other exercise that would promote the flow of blood. Having regular sex is good as mentioned above.

Avoiding alcohol, cigar and caffeinated drinks could also help keep you fit.

Alternative medicine and supplements

Alternative medicine and menopause supplements are a safe way of treating menopausal symptoms; they are now generally accepted among menopausal women for treating menopause symptoms like sexual side effects

Use of lubricants and moisturizers

Water based lubricants and moisturizers can help a lot when one wants to have intercourse, but the vagina is dry. Ensure that your choice does not cause any further challenge.

Hormone treatment

Hormone treatment seeks to restore estrogen levels in the body by supplying estrogen through the various forms of treatments. This, however, needs to be weighed to find out if the risks outweigh the benefits before it is administered.



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Chandra Harris, before and after

Chandra Harris, co-founder of Fit, Firm and Fabulous (before and after)

Chandra Harris is the co-founder of Fit, Firm, and Fabulous which produces the Extreme Weight Loss Protocol system. She and her husband, Mark Harris, started the company out of necessity. Chandra knew that being overweight was causing most of the overall health concerns that she was dealing with. “At some point, you get sick and tired of being sick and tired,” says Chandra. “Going to visit the doctor was never good she explains. He would always remind me of my blood pressure, diabetes and constant fatigue."

 In 2007, she made a decision to become healthier and lose the excess fat she had gained over the years. She craved all the wrong foods. Chandra says, “Not only did I eat the wrong stuff, but I ate late at night.” Through trial and error, she created a formula and system that has helped her control her cravings, give her energy and detox her body to remove all the “junk” she ate all those years. In the end, she lost 74 pounds.

Based in the Philadelphia area, Fit, Firm, and Fabulous provides their customers with the necessary tools to control cravings, to detox, to increase energy and to burn excess fat. In addition, she provides a meal guide to help her customers make better food choices. “My goal,” says Chandra, “was to become healthy, fit and well... and to help others.”

The company, which is now 10-year old company, helps the community in two ways. “First, we inform people of the need to make better food choices. Second, we provide a great income opportunity for our team members,” she says.

"Most of our 800+ consultant entrepreneurs started out using our amazing products. They loved their weight loss results, and wanted to join the team,” she states. Many of them earn a full-time income working only a few hours a week. “I am so happy and pleased to be able help so many people to get their bodies healthy... and their bank accounts as well,” Chandra adds.

Flawless Beauty Selects Paco Collective To Lead Social Marketing Efforts

Cross-Cultural Agency's Innovative Social Strategy Helps Wins Gabrielle Union's New Hair Product Line

PACO Collective (PACO) announced today that Flawless Beauty, LLC (Flawless), the new haircare line co-owned by Hollywood actress Gabrielle Union, has selected it as Social Media Agency of Record. PACO will be responsible for all social media efforts including social strategy, content management and creation, social engagement, and blogger management.

"PACO's findings, combined with their understanding of what women with textured hair seek in a new haircare product, as well as their expertise in multicultural markets in general, were key in our selection process," said Andy Rah, Vice President of Global Marketing for Flawless Beauty. "We trust PACO's insight and their ability to help position Flawless as a trustworthy hair care product in the market."

PACO developed its winning strategy using in-depth qualitative and quantitative research to develop compelling insights for launching Flawless into the market through all social media platforms.  "At PACO we don't stop until we reach insights that lead us to strategies that make the strongest impact," said Ozzie Godinez, PACO CEO and Co-Founder.  "This is the case with any campaign, but especially one that lives on social media because it helps create genuine and authentic conversations that lead to brand advocacy and ultimately sales."

Award-winning actress and entrepreneur Gabrielle Union partnered with Macadamia Beauty, LLC to provide multicultural women the freedom to showcase and celebrate their natural hair in all forms. Her massive social media following includes 7.6 million Instagram followers, 3.2 million Twitter followers and 700,000 likes on Facebook, proving to be a natural platform where she can introduce her product line and engage with customers. "She and her fans have formed a unique bond on social media, which is where we can create and leverage brand advocates," said Godinez.

Rah agrees: "We know that social media plays an integral role in this campaign because so many beauty consumers are looking to their timelines and newsfeeds first to research products and brands before purchasing them."

The complete product line includes a heat protection spray, blow dry cream, edge control gel, shine spray, hair repair masque, oil treatment, and two different shampoos and conditioners. Products are available online and will be at ULTA Beauty locations starting April 16th.

Current market data shows a clear opportunity for brands like Flawless that offer sulfate-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free and color-safe products for women of all hair types and textures.

Not only is the natural hair movement inspiring many consumers to pay close attention to the ingredients list and demand changes from haircare brands, but African-American millennials continue to outspend their non-African-American counterparts on haircare products by 16% **. African-American haircare sales in the U.S. reached an estimated $2.5 billion in 2016*, not including sales at independent beauty supply stores or the sales of wigs, weaves and extensions.

About Flawless Beauty, LLC
Flawless Beauty offers premium hair care, treatment, styling and tools that address the unique needs of textured hair. Our products are color-safe and free of sulfates, parabens and glutens, and each contains a unique blend of Marula, Argan and Avocado oils to address the needs of all women with textured hair, giving her the versatility to create ever-changing looks without compromising her hair's health.

About PACO Collective
PACO Collective is an award-winning cross-cultural agency that empowers brands to transcend cultural boundaries in today's "minority majority" market. PACO is committed to working with brands that want to embrace the changing dynamics of American life and are invested in creating meaningful connections with consumers through cultural messaging and insight. Based in Chicago, PACO is a full-service agency offering public relations, marketing, and digital and creative services.

Women's Beauty Is An Indescribable Subject

By Janaki Mehta  

How do you measure a women's beauty? By her character,  by her profession, by her goals or by her looks? Each has its significance and every element is taken into consideration. It is the case with men too. They are judged or witnessed by their breeding, work and their character. Beauty is something that comes from within your body. It is connected with the soul that God has formed inside us Some enhancers from outside can magnify them but the real thing remains inside and only a special soul can ooze that out and spread it in the world.

Some radiate happiness in their smiles. Their smile is so beautiful that eases the upset person and feels elated and relaxed. Their aura is so magnificent and soothing that it calms the burning soul and sends peace within. We make such friends for lifetime and in our fields, these working angels help in our difficulties. We have our parents, our birth givers whose aura portrays eternal peace and love.

Women love from their hearts. I am stressing on the feminine aspect here because they are often underrated. They wish you the best of everything. If you need a testimony, look at your mother, your wife, your daughter, or your female friend. Every time you cry, they sit beside you, offer silent prayers, and shed tears to give solace. "Everything will be all right. I will lay my life for you my dear. You do not have to worry."After these, who would not think that he has still something left inside? Greatest of the great warriors have been on their knees when a female brave heart came to their aid.

Kind hearts offer the greatest friendship. They will never leave their other-half at the needy times and will not hesitate to destroy the ill will. So much has been written on this subject that we are getting short of words we just need to understand relationship with any human being should stand on the pillars of hope, sacrifice, faith and love.

It is not wrong to complain about distances. We are but a foolish mortal and we need our loved ones to be close. We need to see them, feel their presence, and feel loved by their actions. It is not and never is a bad thing. Whoever it is, should always give some time to the person waiting for him or her on the other side of the continent. A person can never be that busy that he cannot spare a single minute to let you know about his condition.

Prayers and wishes do work for women. Nevertheless, she needs to be comforted from a physical aspect too. When she longs for the company of her friend or her mate, he or she needs to be around. It is not possible every time, but once in a day for a minute she needs to feel that, "I am special for someone in this world. And, no matter what, he will be with me here when I am in need."

Women are spiritual advisers. They will drag you back from your area of disappointment and help you reach the pinnacle of success. They will make the impossible possible confronting with the worst situations. They are not equal to men but far more superior and sensitive.

Either big or small, do not judge us by our caste, creed or height or education. We are the simplest form of angels designed by the name of females and we are here to love, cherish and protect you. We will always rise up to your support but we are also strong enough to live on our own.

What Is the Difference Between Hot Flashes and Night Sweats?

By Elena Shephard 

Ever woke up at night and you are soaked in sweat? These occurrences are called night sweats. It makes your clothes and bedding wet. This might result because of too many clothes and bedding or sleeping in a warm room. Hot flashes are sudden periods of sweating excessively and feeling uncomfortable intensifying heat. Taking foods with a lot of spices, taking coffee, stress and putting on clothes which are tight cause these. Hot flashes occur during the day while night sweats at night. Hot flashes and night sweats are menopause symptoms. Symptoms of both are managed differently. Here are the differences between hot flashes and night sweats:

Do you experience night sweats?

This is sweating excessively during the night. Different women perspire at different frequencies and rates. Night sweat does not allow you to have a peaceful sleep. Some women tend to blame the sweating on warm clothing and too warm rooms. But when you sweat during winter raises the question. This might be early menopause sign.

Our bodies have different reactions; some women may experience reddening of the upper part of the body, nausea and long headaches. When menopause is approaching, there tend to be hormonal imbalances in the body which is the cause of the excessive sweating.

What causes night sweats?

With the early hits of menopause symptoms estrogen rates fluctuates hypothalamus functioning. Hypothalamus is in the brain and has the function of regulating normal body temperature. With fluctuations hypothalamus causes the body to sweat excessively to cool down.

Hot flashes again?

This makes you feel uncomfortable. This is the sudden reddening of the skin, upper body sweating, having your skin unusually warm and a sudden rise in heart beat rate. Hot flashes occur during the day. Hot flashes are very disturbing pre-menopause signs. They occur differently in women and have different effects.

Knowing the factors that trigger hot flashes

Lifestyles and unhealthy habits can trigger hot flashes in women. The variables act differently on women. Staying in hot rooms and putting on tight clothes trigger them. If taking alcoholic drinks and coffee make you experience it you should consult your doctor. Stress can make you experience hot flashes if you are approaching menopause. Foods with a lot of spices should be avoided if they make you have a hot flash. Smoking cause many health implications, consider dropping smoking if it makes you suddenly experience it.

Managing Hot flashes

Putting on clothes that fit you well, this helps avoid tight clothing. Using cotton products, this involves using night clothing and bedding that are made of cotton. Taking ice water on the onset of hot flash, this will make you feel better by cooling your body. This works differently on women. Consider it if it works well for you. It can get intense and difficult to manage. Consulting with your doctor will be a good choice.

Menopause treatment

Treating both symptoms is the same thing as menopause treatment. Menopause symptoms should not get you stressed up as they can be treated and managed. Menopause treatment for both is not the same and is administered differently. Here are various treatments both.

•             Using hormones

Night sweats are caused by hormonal imbalances. Hormone replacement therapy is done to treat hot flashes and is commonly known as HRT. This uses synthetic hormones. The hormones act as estrogen supplement reducing severity and occurrence of night sweating and skin flashes.

•             Using non-hormonal treatment for hot flashes

Some women might consider undergoing non-hormonal treatment. This can alter your appearance when face and neck gets red. This needs consulting with your doctor. The treatment only works for some women. Paroxetine and fluoxetine are optional products that have worked in some women. However, it is advisable to contact your doctor before trying any nonprescription drug or supplement.

•             Consulting mother nature

Women tend to try all possible ways for menopause treatment. Some products work for some women and fail to work in other women. Red clover and soy are optional natural treatments for menopausal symptoms. Use these products only after consulting with your doctor.

•             Considering your lifestyle choices

Lifestyle choice can a times cost us. Embracing a healthy lifestyle by taking healthy and balanced diet help reduces effects of night sweats.


As we age, it is normal to experience menopause symptoms. This should not get us discouraged consulting with your doctor will help. Living healthy lifestyle lessens severity of these symptoms. Learning to accept the onset of menopause will help in avoiding complications caused by stress. Women experiencing menopause symptoms should avoid unhealthy lifestyles. Women should learn more on both these symptoms. Choose what is good for your body!


Can Stress Cause Headaches? How to Relieve Stress Headaches

By Helen Vella

Do you get headaches? Do you get Migraines? How do you deal with yours?

About 90% of headaches are classified as tension headaches which can feel like a band wrapped around your head. Lack of sleep, hunger, bad posture, eyestrain and of course stress are the main cause of headaches. Stress is a major contributor to headaches and other physical symptoms you feel throughout your body.

An estimated 28 million Americans nearly 10% of the population, suffer from headaches of some kind, most of them are women and these are migraines, not headaches. Migraines in my experience with my clients can be caused by the fear of getting a migraine. They are so painful and can have you out of action for a few days that the fear of this happening again can bring on a headache and then perhaps the migraine.

Common triggers for headaches.
Dairy Products
Low blood sugar
chemicals in food

Getting headaches can confine you to bed, give you nausea and generally disrupt your work and social lives.

So what can you do to help yourself instead of taking medications.

Stress management classes to teach you ways to cope with stress and how to relieve tension

biofeedback, which is a relaxation technique that teaches you to manage pain and stress

cognitive behavioral therapy, which is talk therapy that helps you recognize situations that cause you stress, anxiety, and tension

acupuncture, which is an alternative therapy that may reduce stress and tension by applying fine needles to specific areas of your body

Emotional Freedom Techniques
Meditation on a regular basis to reduce stress
Drink lots of water and keep hydrated
Sex, believe it or not, sex relieves stress.

Try this exercise - Put a pencil between your teeth but don't bite - you have to relax to do that. The relaxation and the distraction should ease the headache.

Another way to relieve a headache is to put pressure on the web part of your hand between your thumb and your forefinger. Do this until you feel the pressure in your hand and the relief in your head. So easy to do and so effective as well.

Foods to avoid to prevent headaches.
Peanuts, peanut butter, almonds, and other nuts and seeds
Pizza or other tomato-based products
Potato chip products
Chicken livers and other organ meats, pate
Smoked or dried fish
Pickled foods (pickles, olives, sauerkraut)
Sourdough bread, fresh baked yeast goods (donuts, cakes, homemade breads, and rolls)
Brewer's yeast found in natural supplements
Bread, crackers, and desserts containing cheese
Most beans including lima, Italian, pole, broad, fava, navy, pinto, snow peas, garbanzo, lentils, and dried beans and peas
Certain fresh fruits including ripe bananas, citrus fruits, papaya, red plums, raspberries, kiwi, and pineapple
Dried fruits (figs, raisins, dates)
Soups made from meat extracts or bouillon (not homemade broth)
Cultured dairy products, sour cream, buttermilk, yogurt relief for headaches
Natural Remedies for Headaches.
Peppermint and Lavender Oils
Cayenne Pepper
Fresh Air

Using Natural remedies are a much better choice as Headaches are not something you want to live with all the time. Hopefully some of the above will help ease your pain. So... can stress cause headaches? The answer is YES it can, relieving your stress will definitely relieve and even eliminate your headaches.

Remember if you are on any medications please see your health practitioner before changing your regime.

There are more stress relief tools on my website which is full of tips and help.

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