Posts Tagged ‘Hormones’

Put the Sizzle Back into Sex!

February 13, 2013

Has the “free love” generation lost its mojo?  Many baby boomer gals, seem to answer, ‘yes’.  In fact, millions of women enter perimenopause and then menopause and beyond, and say they check their sex drive at the door, and most are not happy about it.

According to Laura Corio, MD, a gynecologist and clinical instructor at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City, “I don’t think a day goes by when at least one patient – and usually more – complain that their sex drive is dropping off and want to know what they can do about it.”

Corio believes this problem, clinically known as HSDD (hypoactive sexual desire disorder) isn’t affecting more women, but more are coming forward, prompted, at least in part, by the success of male potency drugs like Viagra.

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Male sex drive is easy to define and relatively easy to restore, but that is not the case for women.  A female’s sex drive is “multifunctional,” and therefore the desire to make love is not only influenced by physical issues, but emotional ones as well.

Doctors have contributed emotions behind the loss of sex drive, but frequently it is the aging processes itself.  Indeed, as many women are aware, Mother Nature built in a natural increase in the desire for sex beginning just prior to ovulation, and lasting several days afterwards — not coincidentally, the only time of the month conception is possible.  When a women stops ovulating, she loses that regularly scheduled boost in her sex drive that has been present since puberty.

Moreover, around menopause, when there is also less estrogen circulating in your body, that too can bring your sex drive down for the count.

“Estrogen is a mood elevator, it works in the brain to maintain interest in sex, but it also works at the level of the genitals, helping to increase sensation and just making sex more pleasurable,” says Corio.  Without it, she says, not only can desire take a dive, vaginal tissue begins to dry and shrink. As a result, intercourse can become uncomfortable, or even painful.

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It’s time to put the sizzle in sex!  While estrogen levels are important, the latest research shows that the male hormone testosterone also plays a role in a woman’s sex drive. Though present in only tiny amounts, some doctors say it’s the seasoning that makes her sex drive sizzle.

For many women who are otherwise healthy, a drop in testosterone that occurs at midlife is the reason for a decrease in sexual desire.  And, studies show that sometimes the very treatments women take to control midlife symptoms — such as HRT — can actually disrupt desire by robbing the body of testosterone.

“When these hormones are taken orally, they are metabolized by the liver, which in turn puts out a protein that binds to testosterone, causing a deficiency,” says Corio.

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To find your mojo again, look to The Wiley Protocol.  Topical doses of estrogen and testosterone could be the key to the best sex of your life.  Wiley says, “As a women ages her libido and desire for sex often diminishes. Testosterone can plays a key role in libido, energy, and immune function in women. Produced by the ovaries, testosterone, over the course of the menstrual cycle, has a rhythm in women.

Testosterone levels are highest for a woman in the early twenties, but by the time she approaches and enters menopause there may be a testosterone deficiency. The replacement of estrogen alone may not correct loss of muscle tone, absent sex drive, or general lack of mental function. The Wiley Protocol Testosterone cream for women is biomimetic and replicates feminine testosterone hormone rhythms.”

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You Snooze, You Lose

November 6, 2012

You snooze, you lose…weight that is!  Yes, you heard us right.  When you sleep, you lose weight and ward off modern day diseases. This old adage used to refer to the great American lifestyle – you snooze and you lose your edge, your job, your money. But the world is coming to terms with the simple fact that just the opposite is true.

“Sleep debt is like credit card debt,” says Susan Zafarlotfi, PHD, Clinical Director of the Institute for Sleep and Wake Disorders at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.  “If you keep accumulating credit card debt, you will pay high interest rates.  If you accumulate too much sleep debt, your body will crash.”

And, unfortunately for Americans, not getting enough sleep is far too common. Our lack of sleep has wreaked havoc on our society. It is time we recognize the natural rhythms of light.

Artificial light affects us all in negative ways.  According to T.S. Wiley in her book Lights Out, “The biggest change human beings have lived through in the last ten thousand years happened less than seventy years ago.  Electricity and the widespread use of the light bulb qualify, along with the discovery of fire, the advent of agriculture, and the discovery of antibiotic treatment, as a point of no return in human history.”

When we don’t get enough sleep in sync with seasonal light exposure, we alter a balance of nature that has been programmed into our physiology since day one.  This delicate biological rhythm rules the hormones and neurotransmitters that determine appetite, as well as overall mental and physical health.

Relying on artificial light to extend our day until midnight, we fool our bodies into living in a perpetual state of summer.  Anticipating the scarce food supply and forced inactivity of winter, our bodies begin storing fat and slowing our metabolism to sustain us through the months of hibernation and hunger that never arrive.

“Our internal clocks are governed by seasonal variations in light and dark; extending daylight artificially leads to a craving for sugar, especially concentrated refined carbohydrates that in turn, cause obesity.  More seriously, lack of sleep inhibits the production of prolactic and melatonin – derailing our immune systems and causing depression, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer,” says T.S. Wiley.

According to the NIH research cited in the book, Lights Out, six hours of prolactic production in the dark is the minimum necessary to maintain immune function like T-cell and beneficial killer-cell production.  But you can’t get six hours of prolactic secretion on six hours of sleep a night; it takes at least three and a half hours of melatonin secretion before your body even makes prolactin.  That is 9.5 hours of needed sleep every night, for proper immune function.

The connection is clear.  Scale back on arduous gym sessions and endless calorie counting.  There is a much more relaxing way to slim down – grabbing some extra shut-eye.  Say goodnight to getting fat.

Here are some tips on helping you sleep from Dr. Frank Lipman:

  1. By 10 pm, stop sitting in front of your computer or TV screen and switch off all other electronic devices. They are too stimulating to the brain and inhibit the release of sleep neurotransmitters.
  2. Dim the lights an hour or more before going to bed; take a warm bath; listen to calming music or soothing sounds. Remove any distractions (mental and physical) that will prevent you from sleeping.
  3. Going to bed around the same time everyday even on weekends, is the most important thing you can do to establish good sleep habits.
  4. Our bodies need complete darkness for production of the important sleep hormone, melatonin. If your bedroom is not pitch dark when you go to sleep, it interferes with this key process and disrupts your circadian rhythms.

Interested in learning more about the issues surrounding weight loss, diabetes, aging and sleep?  Listen in to T.S. Wiley’s radio show “Livin’ La Vida LowCarb” and hear from real experts in all fields of science and medicine debate the top medical news alerts.  http://ow.ly/cHJQQ

Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival is available in hard cover, as well as for your Kindle.

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