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Big Girl Panties

I’m wearing mine. Are you? The FDA recently approved the drug Osphena, which helps with unwanted physical changes DOWN THERE caused by menopause. As vaginal tissue becomes drier, sex becomes less than fun - even painful. Definitely not fun for any woman, especially those married to the man armed with the little blue pill! And speaking of the "little blue pill"... soon you may be able to arm yourselves with "the little pink pill" - otherwise known as Filbanserin. Recently an advisory panel of the FDA has recommended the drug for approval, marking the first ever treatment for the most common form of female sexual dysfunction. This is big, Ladies! Now premenopausal women affected by Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) may be treated medically. But there are other ways we can protect our sex drive and preserve our libido - even without FDA approval. For example, edible aphrodisiacs are proven to aid in sexual function. Red wine contains high levels of polyphenols which help blood vessels widen, increasing blood flow to “THOSE” areas. Oysters are loaded with zinc, which helps your body make the testosterone it needs to function properly. Tryptophan in chocolate releases serotonin, a feel-good chemical. Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which kickstarts the release of endorphins to the brain, giving you more feel-good fuel. But fuel needs a spark doesn’t it? Science helps us sort the sexual fire starters from the fire extinguishers, so to speak…

Fire Starters

  • The arousal that follows an adrenaline rush? It's a thing - proven by science. Spontaneous, unexpected touching? In these situations the body releases oxytocin and other neurotransmitters facilitating sexual excitement.
  • Strong mind-body connection. Knowing your body leads to harmonious sexuality. Yoga helps with this mind-body awareness, but any kind of aerobic activity can get your blood flowing, which helps protect your sex drive from the inside out.
  • Weight loss. Losing just a few pounds can help release your inner sexual goddess. It doesn’t take much weight loss to feel more energetic and alive.

Fire Extinguishers

  • Lack of body confidence. Feeling short, fat, or ugly? Right. Who doesn't at times? Know that there’s NO NEED to look “perfect” or to have any particular shape in order to have fantastic sex. Not a requirement!
  • Stress / business. Plan rest daily like it's your job. Light candles & pretend the bath is the spa if you can spare an extra minute to do it. Schedule it. Make a set timefor intimacy, too, if necessary.
  • Technology in the bedroom. Just don’t.
  • Medicines. Blood pressure, anxiety/depression and acid reflux medicines, even oral contraceptives can rob you of a healthy libido.
  • Thyroid disease, fibromyalgia, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or other chronic illness. If pain / exhaustion persist despite all of your libido boosting efforts, then schedule a visit with Dr.Somi Javaid. 
  • Find out what options you may have.

Stay sexually healthy by banishing these sex busters. Figure out what works FOR YOU. If nothing seems to be helping, talk to Dr.Javaid, Gynecologist, Sexual Medicine and Menopause Expert, Anti-aging Specialist. There are options for you.

Why is it such a taboo to talk about having GREAT sex? Women deserve to have a healthy libido. Bottom line: Couples can enjoy more balance and harmony in the bedroom as safe options for women in sexual medicine become more available. That’s a good thing.

Evon Pitcock for Dr. Somi Javaid MD & Associates
About the author:
When Ms. Pitcock isn't busy managing all social media for Dr. Somi Javaid MD & Associates she dabbles in her other full time job(s!) as wife, mother, volunteer, and so much more. She understands what it means to have to balance, life, health, love and family - and knows that having a strong sense of self is the key to overall happiness, which is why she is proud to represent Dr. Somi Javaid MD & Associates and the mission for which it represents.