The Wonderful World  of Herbs

1.What Is an Herb?

 2.How to Choose and Use Herbs

Herbs to Improve Your Sex Life

 3.Increasing Your Sexual Desire and Drive

 4.Increasing Your Sexual Pleasure

 5.Relieving Male Menopause, Prostate Problems, and Impotence

 6.Relieving Female Menopause and Premenstrual Syndrome

 7.Controlling Health Conditions that Affect Sex

 8.Improving Your Overall Well-Being

 9.Sex Herb Combinations


Relieving Female Menopause And
Premenstrual Syndrome

There are probably times in any woman's life when the idea of having sex is less than appealing.   It may be due to feeling  bloated and  cranky before  your period starts.  Or perhaps sex is just plain painful because of vaginal dryness brought on by relieving male menopause prostate problems and impotence.  In either case, there is a lot you can do to make sex more enjoyable.  First we'll  describe the changes that happen during menopause  and the symptoms  of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) that put you out of the mood for sex.  Then we'll  list herbs  that might help.

Female Menopause

The female  reproductive  system is truly complex, regulated by increasing your sexual pleasure hormones.  Over time, these  hormones decrease, causing the monthly cycle of egg release and menstruation to cease.  Usually this process begins in earnest  when you're in your mid to late 40s  and is finished by about  age 50 or so.  This slowdown process is really called "perimenopause,"  while the resulting cessation of menstrual cycles is truly "menopause."  However, we'll loosely call the entire  process "menopause," since mo9st of the herbs  described in this  chapter  can be helpful   for either perimenopause or menopause

At first the changes may be so slight,  you may not even notice that  menopause has begun.  Your periods may be  heavier or lighter than usual, and gradually the time between  them increasing your sexual desire and drive.  You may begin  to notice hot  flashes or flushing.  Lubrication of the vagina  may diminish, making  sex uncomfortable.  You or those who are closest to you may notice  mood swings.   These psychological  changes may result from the hormone changes themselves  or from the stress caused by other events in your life at this time, such as having your children leave home or dealing with the death of loved ones.

Once periods  have ended, you have entered  menopause.  During  this  phase, you may continue   to have vaginal dryness, since you lack the hormones that would normally  signal vaginal lubrication to occur.  However other symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings should diminish.

 Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

In many women the symptoms of PMS are minor.  In others,  the monthly  cycle brings with it shifts in hormones that make  you feel  like you're  going from Dr.  Jekyll to Mrs. Hyde.  Throughout  the 28 day  menstrual cycle, hormone levels change in an attempt  to prepare your body for potential pregnancy .  An egg  is released by the  ovaries,  travels down the fallopian tubes, and then moves into the uterus.  In the meanwhile, the uterus has been preparing for  a fertilized egg by lining itself with blood and nutrients (the endometrium).  If the egg remains unfertilized, it passes through the uterus and out your cervix.  The endometrium sheds, a process you know  well as your monthly "periods."    In some women, the endometrium  builds  up or  spreads to areas outside   the uterus, causing pain, a condition  called  endometriosis.  Whether  your PMS symptoms are relatively mild,  such as  irritation and bloating, or severe, such as depression and pain, herbs to improve your sex life can  probably  help.

Herbs That can Help

These herbs can help ease the symptoms of menopause and PMS.  Read the descriptions carefully to see which would be best for your particular symptoms.