Guest post by Sherri Goodman.
Ladies, there are some things that we all cringe to think about—much less talk about. But there are
many women’s issues we deal with throughout our lives that we don’t have to just endure quietly. The
more you know about some of the things that may be bothering you, the more you can do to achieve
The road of women’s issues is a long and rocky one. From the first time we get our period when we’re
in young adolescence to the time we reach menopause, which the NIA says is on average age 51, we
have a whole host of roadblocks to overcome.
Let’s talk about some of the issues, as well as many of the most effective and natural solutions.
The Problem: PMS
Premenstrual syndrome has a whole host of unpleasant symptoms, ranging from mood swings,
tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, and depression. Often times, these emotional and
psychological symptoms are accompanied by physical symptoms such as diarrhea, muscle pain,
headache, bloating, weight gain and acne flareups. The cause is thought to be a fluctuation of hormones
surrounding the menstrual cycle, as well as insufficient amounts of the neurotransmitter (or brain
chemical) serotonin in the brain.
Be sure you get enough sleep, and try to stick to your sleep schedule. To regulate your serotonin levels,
be sure to take a multivitamin and eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals. Exercise is often linked
to better mood regulation and better moods in general, so be sure to get plenty of regular exercise all
throughout your cycle so when the dreaded PMS days strike, you’re ready.
The Problem: Menstrual Cramps
It is an unfortunate truth of womanhood that we must bleed one week out of every month. And not
only that, it must hurt. For the first one or two days of a woman’s full flow, she typically experiences
cramping and bloating. The cramping can be acute and sharp pain inside the hip bones, a full-feeling in
the low abdomen, or a heavy feeling lower down.
Cramps are caused by the contracting of the uterus during menstruation. The body releases hormones
involved in pain and inflammation in order to trigger that process (but wait! Because where there is a
body chemical problem, there is bound to be a body chemical solution… painful prostaglandins, meet
orgasmic oxytocins!). The higher the level of prostaglandins in a woman’s body during her period, the
more painful the cramps she will experience. Though there are medicines that can help this problem if
it is particularly unbearable, there are plenty of natural solutions that have been proven to work just as
According to Medicine Net, getting plenty of sleep, walking, exercising, yoga, heating pads, abdominal
massages, and orgasms can help alleviate the pain of cramps. Orgasms cause the uterine muscles to
contract and the brain to release lots of chemicals, including oxytocin, which is the body’s natural pain
reliever. A glass of wine and an orgasm are a surefire solution to the problem of menstrual cramps.
And if you’re pressed for time, using a vibrator can speed things along. As explained by Adam and Eve,
there has been an “increase in interest in vibrators for women,” which simply means more women may
have started capturing the natural power of the body’s hormones.
The Problem: Lack of Libido
Women typically experience a dip in libido after hitting menopause. While this is completely normal, it
can be very frustrating. Typically the cause has to do with changing hormones, which we’ll get to, but
since this is a problem that can be unrelated to changing hormones, I thought I’d address it separately.
It may seem contradictory, but getting enough sleep is key to having a healthy libido. If you lead a
very busy life, you owe it to yourself to slow down and make sure you’re getting all the sleep you need.
Having a low libido may just be a side effect of exhaustion. If you’re in a relationship, keeping open
lines of communication and taking the focus off intercourse can help rekindle the flame and refocus
your sex drive. Have fun with foreplay and, if need be, seek couples’ counseling.
The Problem: Changing Hormones
Estrogen changes occur in all women after menopause. Before menopause, your sex drive peaked just
before and just after ovulation, as your body’s way of preparing for pregnancy. But once your period
stops, so do those cycles of increased libido. Less estrogen can also lead to vaginal dryness, which
makes sex painful. Androgen changes also occur during menopause. Androgens are male hormones
that are also found in women, albeit in smaller amounts. These hormone levels drop off in older age in
women as well as men, though women are more likely to report a decrease in libido.
Once again, the combination of natural solutions for these kinds of problems seems to be plenty of
sleep, healthy diet, and exercise. If you’re also experience vaginal dryness, use a water-based lubricant
for sex. For hot flashes, which are a result of hormone changes during menopause, be sure to always
dress in layers so you can lose layers and be more comfortable in public. At home, sleep with the fan
on and use lightweight cotton sheets on your bed. Also, have an ice pack or a cool cloth handy, maybe
the latter can be soaked in water scented with soothing lavender bath salts.
No matter what stage in life we’re in, we women have a lot of things to juggle. Don’t let things like
PMS or cramps hold you back. There are plenty of simple solutions to these kinds of issues that can
really increase your overall satisfaction.