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While what is considered ‘premature ejaculation (PE)’ varies from couple to couple, experts agree that it is when a man is unable to control ejaculation enough to satisfy his partner. It’s also identified by ejaculation on, or shortly after, penetration. It can often happen early on in a relationship when sexual excitement, anxiety and over-stimulation are common. Premature ejaculation is usually not caused by an underlying disease or physical problem.

What is clear is that it can cause stress and frustration for men and their partners and it can lead to relationship problems and avoidance of sex altogether.

Who is affected by premature ejaculation? 

Premature ejaculation is an experience that is more common than you might realise. Sometimes it begins at puberty (categorised as Primary PE), but sometimes it develops in later life (Secondary PE). For both younger and older men, premature ejaculation may be ‘global’ – that it occurs whatever the circumstances – or ‘situational’ – that it only happens in certain circumstances, or with a particular partner.

One study found premature ejaculation was the most common erection problem men face, with 30 percent of 18-29-year-olds, 32 percent of 30-39-year-olds, 28 percent of 40-49 year-olds, and 31 percent of 50-59 year-olds saying coming too soon was a problem for them.

The most common causes of premature ejaculation are:
  1. Stress or anxiety.
  2. Depression
  3. Serotonin imbalance.
  4. Lack of confidence or sexual inexperience.
  5. Excessive alcohol and drug use.
  6. High sensitivity to sexual arousal.

 

5 ways to treat premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation may be relatively common, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to control it. Here are four treatments and techniques to help you cope with premature ejaculation.

1. Anti-depressants

Anti-depressants similar to Prozac can have the side effect of delaying orgasm by inhibiting serotonin uptake in the brain. These selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil) or fluoxetine (Prozac) may take up to 10 days to take effect.

If the timing of your ejaculation doesn't improve, your doctor may prescribe the tricyclic antidepressant clomipramine (Anafranil), which also has been shown to benefit men with this disorder. 

You may not need to take these medications every day to prevent premature ejaculation. Your doctor may recommend taking a low dose several hours before you plan to have sexual intercourse, which may be enough to improve your symptoms.

Antidepressants are generally not approved for the treatment of premature ejaculation. They work by taking advantage of a side effect common to these medications. They can also have other side effects that are not pleasant, including nausea, dry mouth, drowsiness and decreased libido – so discuss with your doctor in advance whether it is worthwhile in your case. And they are also difficult to stop taking if you get habituated to their use – so be cautious before making the decision to use them.

2. Reduce anxiety

Therapists agree that anxiety can be a common factor in premature ejaculation problems. You may experience one or two occasions when you climax too quickly and as a result develop a heightened fear of this happening again, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The body’s natural ‘fight or flight’ response means blood is withdrawn from the outer extremities to the core when you feel threatened. This immediately results in a physical cause of a brief erection – the lack of blood supply. 

Steps you can take to reduce anxiety include:

  • Meditation, hypnosis or imagery exercises.
  • Talking with a partner, friend or therapist. Penis size, body image and sexual inexperience can all create anxiety – talking about it can help.
  • Get educated: Take advantage of books or DVD’s on sex techniques and sexual expression and develop more understanding of your needs and those of your partner.
  • Don’t become obsessed with your sex life. Develop general life confidence and enjoyment and the rest may follow.
  • Some herbal formulas include ingredients for stress and anxiety. Herbal Ignite for Men, for instance, contains Avena Sativa for calming and relaxing the nervous system.
 3. Decrease sensitivity 

There are a variety of medications and creams available to help reduce sensitivity. They range from standard ‘snake oil’ solutions to drugs with evidence to back their efficacy. One common drug is Dapoxetine, which is a similar formulation to anti-depressants. It isn’t cheap, however, and Dapoxetine-based pills have side effects to be aware of, including nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, headaches, diarrhoea and insomnia.1

If your sensitivity is moderate, you could also try desensitising condoms with Benzocaine or Lidocaine, or even a mild local anaesthetic gel. There are also a variety of nasal sprays available online, most utilising Chlorpromazine, an antipsychotic medication.

It is important to seek medical advice in advance, choose carefully and check all premature ejaculation treatments for ingredients and potential side effects before making any purchases.


4. Stop, Start, and Squeeze

Control exercises, called ‘Stop, Start, and Squeeze’ can help stop premature ejaculation:

  • Start and Stop (coitus interruptus). Approach stimulation to the point of imminent orgasm, then stop until your arousal level has declined. When you feel yourself approaching ‘the point of no return’, pause and let things subside a little (try 5-10 seconds). Then you can get back to business. When you start approaching that point of no return again, simply repeat the technique. 
  • The Squeeze. This method is similar to the one above. In this case, however, rather than merely pausing for a few seconds, if you find yourself getting too close to orgasm, withdraw completely. Then squeeze your penis right below the head for 10-20 seconds, focusing pressure on tube along the penis’s underside, the urethra. This will temporarily re-direct some blood flow and delay ejaculation. This technique can be repeated.
5. Natural herbal treatments

It’s important to understand that sexual health issues can be treated and it’s worth doing something about. A range of effective herbal supplements is available to help give your confidence and libido a boost and lift mood and energy levels, including Herbal Ignite for Men, which can help boost your sexual stamina.

Why is Herbal Ignite for Men a good natural choice to help prevent premature ejaculation?

Herbal Ignite for Men is an over-the-counter dietary supplement taken daily with food to increase men’s health and libido. Its formulation works to:

  • Support male sexual health.
  • Support testosterone levels.
  • Promote blood flow to the penis.
  • Relieve stress and fatigue.
  • Improve energy levels and confidence.
  • Increase interest in sex or libido.

The three key herbs in Ignite for Men – Tribulus Terrestris, Horny Goat Weed and Avena Sativa – have been used in traditional medicine for centuries to rejuvenate men’s sexual and hormonal health. The herb Tribulus Terrestris, in particular, has also been found to naturally boost testosterone levels and is available in capsule form in herbal supplements like Herbal Ignite.

  • Tribulus Terrestris lifts testosterone levels and improves sexual activity and muscular strength. It also generates male energy, confidence and stamina and men using Herbal Ignite report an improved sense of wellbeing. While Tribulus Terrestris supports and assists the body's natural production of testosterone it should be clearly understood that it is not a hormone supplement.
    By promoting the production of the body's own hormones, it works only within the body's natural limits to help men achieve their strength and muscular potential. Tribulus Terrestris will not cause the body to indefinitely produce increasing amounts of testosterone – rather, it balances natural hormone levels.
  • Horny Goat Weed increases desire and sexual performance. The active ingredients in this herb are PDE-5 inhibitors, which increase blood flow to the penis and help with better erections.
  • Avena Sativa relieves stress and increases sexual desire. Many men notice a decline in sex drive and sexual strength because of the effects of stress and long working hours; this herb helps counter the effects of our tough modern lifestyle.

Herbal Ignite has been used successfully by thousands of men in New Zealand and Australia to increase testosterone levels and boost libido and sexual satisfaction. It also relieves stress and fatigue and improves energy levels and confidence. It has a potent herbal formula that works over time to help resolve the underlying causes low sex drive in men and, in particular, low testosterone levels that result from aging.

Herbal Ignite is 100% natural and free of unpleasant side effects. It is made in New Zealand to the highest standards, with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.
 

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Disclaimer. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and does not substitute for the advice provided by your medical professional. Always seek specific medical advice for treatment appropriate to you. Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

 

References:

  1. http://au.askmen.com/dating/dzimmer/14_love_answers.html
  2. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/premature-ejaculation/DS00578/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs
  3. https://www.healthline.com/health/erectile-dysfunction/antidepressant-sexual-side-effects#side-effects-in-women

 

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Horny Goat Weed (botanical name Epimedium) is a leafy plant that has long been utilised as a sexual health remedy, as well as an ingredient in various menopause treatments. It grows in the wild in China, other parts of Asia and in the Mediterranean, and has a long history of use in traditional Eastern medicine. According to legend, a goat herder noticed his flock become sexually stimulated after eating the plant, leading to its unusual name.

When the sex-obsessed Romans and Greeks weren't waging war and inventing indoor plumbing, they supported a flourishing bathhouse sex industry and developed an amazing array of love potions. They looked for their aphrodisiacs in plants and herbs – learning what worked by watching what happened in nature.

Horny Goat Weed became one of their ‘go to’ elixirs. Hundreds of years later, London apothecaries were prescribing Horny Goat Weed to lusty Elizabethans.

How does Horny Goat Weed work to improve sexual performance?

Cultures that have used Horny Goat Weed for thousands of years in traditional medicine report that it supports an optimally functioning libido, sexual satisfaction, sexual arousal and a feeling of wellbeing during menopause. There are various uses and effects for horny goat weed.

1. Acts as an aphrodisiac

Horny Goat Weed has the following aphrodisiac qualities:

  • It supports sexual activity.
  • Men notice an overall increase in satisfaction with their sex life.
  • Men notice an increase in sexual desire.
  • Men report an increase in their partner's sexual satisfaction.

Recent studies also show that a daily dose of Horny Goat Weed lowers blood pressure by dilating capillaries and blood vessels while slowing the adrenal production that can hinder blood flow to the sex organs. Men achieve better erections and women benefit from the increased blood flow too.

2. Supports erectile dysfunction (ED)

Horny Goat Weed has become popular as an herbal remedy for erectile dysfunction. It contains a compound called icariin, which acts in a similar way to other prescribed ED drugs by blocking an enzyme (PDE5 – Phosphodiesterase-5) that prevents men from having an erection. Because PDE5 helps control blood flow to the penis, inhibiting PDE5 helps produce better erections.

Horny Goat Weed is one of a group of herbs and foods that contain naturally occurring PDE5 inhibitors. Others include guarana, pomegranate juice, chocolate, and coffee. They all share the presence of PDE5 in common with erection drugs. Horny Goat Weed is also an important ingredient in Herbal Ignite for Men, an erectile dysfunction supplement used successfully by thousands of men in Australia and New Zealand.

3. Slows ageing 

Horny Goat Weed has benefits beyond just improved sexual health. The Chinese Academy of Sciences has conducted studies on Horny Goat Weed and recommends its regular use to slow the aging process and improve the overall quality of life.

Other age-related benefits of Horny Goat Weed include:

  • Protection against menopausal bone loss and osteoporosis.
  • Alleviation of osteoarthritis.
  • Improvement of heart health.
  • Protection from some cancers.
  • Improved liver and kidney health.
  • Improved memory and energy levels.
4. Horny Goat Weed and cancer

A study performed by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the National University of Singapore revealed that high doses of Horny Goat Weed caused the inhibition of growth in human breast cancer cells. A U.S study showed similar results.

Similarities Between Horny Goat Weed and Erection Drugs

The research that led to the discovery of PDE5 has a remarkable heritage. Three scientists working on heart biology won the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for discovering how the signalling between cardiovascular cells – in which PDE 5 plays a part – operates. 

In 2008, University of Milan scientist Doctor Mario Dell’Agli studied Horny Goat Weed and found icariin worked in the same way as sildenafil. His work – published in the Journal of Natural Products– confirmed previous studies showing that icariin is a PDE5 inhibitor. 

A New Scientist report of the study explained that while sildenafil more effective at inhibiting PDE5 than icariin, a modified extract of icariin, (compound 5) created by the Milan team “works as well as other prescribed ED medications”, and may cause fewer side effects. 

Science Supporting Horny Goat Weed and ED 

Scientific support for Horny Goat Weed as an effective erectile dysfunction treatment is backed by several studies, including the work by M.N Markova. His research, published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, revealed that the oral administration of Horny Goat Weed was effective in treating overall erectile function. 

Horny Goat Weed may help with erection problems in other ways too, by limiting PDE5 inhibitors. According to the Mayo Clinic, Epimedium may improve low testosterone levels and boost low thyroid hormone levels.

And according to Chris Kilham, a renowned medicinal plant researcher and author of the book Hot Plants, doctors practicing traditional Chinese Medicine use Horny Goat Weed successfully in clinical practice to treat erectile dysfunction.

No adverse effects to the central nervous or cardiovascular systems have been noted in any recent studies. There are also no presently known negative effects where Horny Goat Weed is used as a dietary supplement. 

Generally, Horny Goat Weed is safe if used at recommended doses. High doses may cause stomach upsets or dizziness. For women, if you have had breast cancer you shouldn’t use Horny Goat Weed without medical advice because of its estrogenic effects. It’s also not recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is sensible not to use high doses for long periods of time. 

How Can I Get Horny Goat Weed? 

Horny Goat Weed is a key ingredient in Herbal Ignite, which has been used successfully by thousands of men in New Zealand and Australia for better erections, improved sexual health and better health generally. All-natural Herbal Ignite is taken as a daily tonic, regardless of sexual activity. 

Herbal Ignite for Men and Women are over-the-counter dietary supplements taken daily with food. They help boost energy levels and relieve fatigue and stress in both men and women. Herbal Ignite for Men also increase men’s health and libido, boosts levels of testosterone (the key hormone in men) and improves nerve function and genital blood flow. Herbal Ignite for Women supports pre-menstrual tension and menopause, helps restore hormone levels to a healthy balance and improves libido. 

Herbal Ignite for Men

The three key herbs in Ignite for Men – Tribulus Terrestris, Horny Goat Weed and Avena Sativa – have been used in traditional medicine for centuries to rejuvenate men’s sexual health. The herb Tribulus Terrestris, in particular, has also been found to naturally boost testosterone levels and is available in capsule form in herbal supplements like Herbal Ignite.

  • Tribulus Terrestris lifts testosterone levels and improves sexual activity and muscular strength. It also generates male energy, confidence and stamina and men using Herbal Ignite report an improved sense of wellbeing. While Tribulus Terrestris supports and assists the body's natural production of testosterone it should be clearly understood that it is not a hormone supplement. By promoting the production of the body's own hormones, it works within the body's natural limits to help men achieve their strength and muscular potential. Tribulus Terrestris will not cause the body to indefinitely produce increasing amounts of testosterone – rather, it balances natural hormone levels.
  • Horny Goat Weed increases desire and sexual performance. The active ingredients in this herb are PDE-5 inhibitors, which increase blood flow to the penis and help with better erections.
  • Avena Sativa relieves stress and increases sexual desire. Many men notice a decline in sex drive and sexual strength because of the effects of stress and long working hours; this herb helps counter the effects of our tough modern lifestyle.


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Herbal Ignite for Women


Damiana is the key fatigue and stress fighter in Herbal Ignite for Women. Known as the ‘ultimate feel-good herb’ for women, it combats fatigue, relaxes the body, reduces stress and anxiety, lifts mood and enhances sexual response. It also helps balance female hormone levels, control hot flushes and is especially renowned for its libido enhancing qualities.Herbal Ignite for Women contains four key ingredients:

  • Dong Quai is known as ‘the women’s herb’ or ‘female ginseng’ because it is recognised in traditional Asian medicine as an excellent all-purpose women’s herb. It is used to calm nerves, relieve anxiety and mood swings, aid in the treatment of various skin conditions, promote youthfulness, reduce stress and is also considered effective in treating cancer. It also helps restore hormonal balance, improve menstrual regularity and relieves PMS and hot flushes.
  • Tribulus Terrestris is a general tonic that supports sex drive, ovulation and reproductive health. It also balances hormone levels, boosts vitality and sense of wellbeing.
  • Horny Goat Weed has been used in traditional medicine as an aphrodisiac to increase libido, improve sexual response and function and create a feeling of well-being during menopause. Horny Goat Weed has been used since ancient times to promote physical and mental energy. It stimulates libido by enhancing sexual response and orgasm, relieves symptoms associated with PMS and menopause, balances hormones, relieves stress and aids in the treatment of osteoporosis. Horny goat weed contains a flavonoid called Icariin that assists to increase nitric oxide levels relaxing genital muscles in men and women, promoting erections and orgasms. Horny goat weed influences the stress hormone cortisol to help relieve stress.

Herbal Ignite has been used successfully by thousands of men and women in New Zealand and Australia to help beat stress and fatigue, boost libido and sexual satisfaction. It is 100% natural and free of unpleasant side effects. It is made in New Zealand to the highest standards, with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.

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Disclaimer. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and does not substitute for the advice provided by your medical professional. Always seek specific medical advice for treatment appropriate to you. Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

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Herbal Ignite for Her uses natural ingredients to help balance female hormone levels, in aid of fighting hormonal imbalances. In order to understand why that is so important, you must first understand what a hormonal imbalance is, and what contributes to their occurrence.

What are hormones?

Hormones are chemical ‘messengers’ in the human body, created in the endocrine glands. They control most bodily functions - including basic needs like hunger through to complex human functions like reproduction. They even directly influence our emotions and mood. Many hormones, especially those affecting growth and behaviour, have a significant impact on both men and women.

Hormone levels in our body change daily and have a significant effect on women’s health in particular. The female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone are most well-known because of their influence on a woman’s reproductive health; controlling menstruation, pregnancy, menopause and other cycles. But the body also makes and uses many other hormones that affect key aspects of health, including energy levels, weight and mood.

A healthy hormonal balance keeps a woman’s skin healthy, weight stable, mood upbeat and energy levels high. Understanding how hormones affect the female body, mind and emotions helps to minimise their negative effects and enhance their positive ones.

Symptoms of hormonal changes on women’s health

The loss of estrogen in a woman's body as she enters menopause can have detrimental effects on her health and cause uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats. The lack of estrogen can also increase the risk of heart disease and the bone disorder osteoporosis.


Other problems may include vaginal dryness, discomfort during sex, recurrent urine infections and incontinence.  It may also contribute to the depression, irritability and poor concentration which some menopausal women experience.

 

How do you treat hormonal imbalance?

As impactful as it can be, menopause doesn't have to be a disastrous time for women. If reduced hormone levels are causing unpleasant symptoms, treatments such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or even Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapies can be very effective. HRT and other types of medication can also be used to prevent health problems, for example, if a woman has a significantly increased risk of developing osteoporosis.

However, if you are not a candidate for HRT, or simply prefer a natural alternative, there are other options available in the form of herbal supplements. These can help re-balance your system and overcome estrogen dominance, which can have a negative impact on both your weight and sex drive.

Herbs generally take a little longer than Hormone Replacement Therapies to start working, but once they have built up in your system, the results can be very pleasing. In her book “In the Mood Again: Use the Power of Healthy Hormones to Reboot your Sex Life at Any Age”, Dr. Genie James recommends waiting four to six weeks for levels to increase. It is good to remember this is a “gradual and gentle approach for rejuvenating your sexuality for life, not for a sexual sprint,” she says.

As an alternative to medications and hormone replacement therapies – which can have negative side effects –women are Increasingly looking to herbal health products like Herbal Ignite for Women. Many years of herbal practice have shown that the herbs in Ignite for Women support women’s reproductive health effectively.

6 ways herbal supplements can help balance hormone levels. 
  1. Helping to balance hormones.
  2. Reducing menopausal discomfort.
  3. Improving libido and sex drive.
  4. Enhancing sexual arousal and pleasure.
  5. Alleviating the side effects of the contraceptive pill.
  6. Improving mood and energy levels.

Herbal Ignite’s special formula has helped thousands of women with libido support and an improved sense of wellbeing, with minimal unwanted side effects. However, it’s important to note that herbal treatments like Herbal Ignite for Women do not work instantly, or even overnight. Like many herbal remedies, it’s ideal to continue with Ignite for Women for three months. This is to ensure the best results, even though many people notice benefits within the first couple of weeks.

How Herbal Ignite for Women helps support hormonal balance

Herbal Ignite for Women is an over-the-counter dietary supplement taken daily with food to support pre-menstrual tension and menopause and to restore hormone levels to a healthy balance. The signature Herbal Ignite ingredients also help to reduce stress levels and increase female libido.

Herbal Ignite for Women contains four key ingredients: 
  • Damianais the key fatigue and stress fighter in Herbal Ignite for Women. Known as the ‘ultimate feel-good herb’ for women, it combats fatigue, relaxes the body, reduces stress and anxiety, lifts mood and enhances sexual response. It also helps balance female hormone levels, control hot flushes and is especially renowned for its libido enhancing qualities.
  • Dong Quaiis known as ‘the women’s herb’ or ‘female ginseng’ because it is recognised in traditional Asian medicine as an excellent all-purpose women’s herb. It is used to calm nerves, relieve anxiety and mood swings, aid in the treatment of various skin conditions, promote youthfulness, reduce stress and is also considered effective in treating cancer. It also helps restore hormonal balance, improve menstrual regularity and relieves PMS and hot flushes.
  • Tribulus Terrestrisis a general tonic that supports sex drive, ovulation and reproductive health. It also balances hormone levels, boosts vitality and sense of wellbeing.
  • Horny Goat Weedhas been used in traditional medicine as an aphrodisiac to increase libido, improve sexual response and function and create a feeling of wellbeing during menopause. It has been used since ancient times to promote physical and mental energy. It stimulates libido by enhancing sexual response and orgasm, relieves symptoms associated with PMS and menopause, balances hormones, relieves stress and aids in the treatment of osteoporosis.

Horny Goat Weed contains a flavonoid called Icariin that assists to increase nitric oxide levels relaxing genital muscles in men and women, promoting erections and orgasms. It also influences the stress hormone cortisol to help relieve stress.

Herbal Ignite has been used successfully by thousands of men and women in New Zealand and Australia to help beat stress and fatigue, boost libido and sexual satisfaction. It is 100% natural and free of unpleasant side effects. It is made in New Zealand to the highest standards, with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.

Get Herbal Ignite for Women Special: Buy three bottles & save 27%

Disclaimer. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and does not substitute for the advice provided by your medical professional. Always seek specific medical advice for treatment appropriate to you. Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

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A low sex drive, while not uncommon, can be tough on any relationship or sex life. Fortunately, aphrodisiacs have a history of supporting libido.  But what are aphrodisiacs, exactly? What constitutes an aphrodisiac and how do they work? Continue reading to more to learn about natural aphrodisiacs and how Intenza’s Herbal Ignite supplements can help you reach your sexual peak.

What is an aphrodisiac?

An aphrodisiac is a substance (usually food or drink) that increases your sex drive when consumed. The term comes from the Greek word aphrodisiakon, named after Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Aphrodisiacs have long been a part of human culture for one common reason – we all want to have better sex.

Who needs an aphrodisiac?

Couples or individuals who are experiencing low sex drive may benefit from using an aphrodisiac. Low libido is more common than you might think, with an estimated one in three marriages affected in some way by issues caused by low sex drive.

If you’re noticing you don’t seem to have sex as often as you did when you’re younger, and you’re trying to work out what’s changed or what’s wrong with you, try not to stress about it. People suffer from decreased sex drive for a variety of reasons. The demands of modern life can be tough on your libido, and many factors can play a role in leaving you feeling like sex is just one more demand you can’t meet.

Media-fuelled expectations and the introduction and promotion of erection drugs have complicated the issue by placing pressure on both men and women to maintain an active sex life, so it’s not surprising our bodies sometimes feel they cannot keep up.

Over time, if the problem isn’t dealt with, it can even lead to fears that one partner may be having an affair. Long-term low libido problems can cause tension and distrust in even the strongest relationships. 

How do aphrodisiacs work?

According to clinical sexologist Dr Kat van Kirk, author of The Married Sex Solution, “Consuming aphrodisiac foods may increase blood flow to the genitals, release natural bio-chemicals in the body to help you feel more aroused and relaxed, or provide nutrients that improve the health of the sex organs.”

As a result, they can increase your arousal, energy, body temperature, or heart rate, putting you in the mood. Some foods, she notes, can also get you amped up simply because they’re associated with sex.1

Aphrodisiacs can work in two ways: There are those that create sexual desire by working on your mind, and there are those that create desire by affecting parts of your anatomy. For example, something that increases blood flow to your sex organs might simulate the feelings of sexual intercourse and have the effect of creating desire.

Likewise, there are things that can make our bodies produce more of the chemicals associated with sexual desire. Something that lowers inhibitions, for example, might also create (or allow) the desire to have sex.2

Aphrodisiacs can be enjoyed anywhere from half an hour to an hour before making love. They work best when incorporated into one’s daily life for their overall contribution to sexual or general health. As good health is essential to sexual vitality, good nutrition is imperative. When we are in poor health, sexual vitality decreases.

9 popular natural aphrodisiacs 1. Nuts

The nitric oxide found in nuts helps to increase the size and relaxation of blood vessels, which in turn helps increase blood flow. It also helps boost energy levels and can increase nerve cell responses. Nuts are believed to help aid and satisfy orgasms, increase size and frequency of erections in males and make women’s vaginal tissues more sensitive and responsive to sexual stimulation.

2. Avocados

Avocados contain high levels of folic acid, which helps metabolise protein, B6 and Potassium. This can increase male hormone production and regulate the thyroid gland; two elements that increase libido in both men and women. Testosterone is a hormone produced by the body that is essential for normal growth and development of the sex organs. Avocados can increase testosterone production, which contributes to sexual function, mood and libido.

3. Asparagus

Along with Avocado, Asparagus is also a great source of Vitamin E, which helps stimulate the production of sex hormones in both men and women and increase sex drive. It also contains the B vitamin known as folate that aids in increasing histamine, which is important for a healthy sex drive in both men and women. 

4. Garlic

Garlic contains a plant compound called Allicin, which can increase blood flow to the sexual organs. The improvement of blood circulation can help keep erections harder for longer. Garlic has also been shown to help the sex drive of men that are experiencing erection issues.

5. Oysters

This seafood is high in Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Zinc and Iron, common vitamins that are typically low in the general population’s diet. Being deficient in Zinc can lead to lowered sexual capacity and drive and have a negative impact on sperm quality. Oysters also contain the hormone Dopamine, which can increase sexual capacity, drive and satisfaction. 3

6. Chilli peppers

This invigorating spice has an exotic reputation and a bright red colour, which could be why it's considered a natural aphrodisiac and a symbol of love. But there's scientific backing, too. Chili peppers stimulate endorphins (the brain's feel-good chemicals), speed up heart rate and make you sweat, which all mimic how you feel when you're aroused.

7. Honey

Honey is made through pollination and is a symbol of procreation. In fact, the word 'honeymoon' got its name from mead, an alcoholic beverage made from honey given to the happy new bride and groom. It also contains boron, which helps regulate estrogen and testosterone levels and provides a natural energy boost.

8. Horny Goat Weed

Epimedium, otherwise known as Horny Goat Weed, has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for centuries to enhance sexual health. It has a reputation as a natural aphrodisiac and has been shown in some studies to have positive effects on hormone production and libido. According to Dr Josh Axe, a certified doctor of natural medicine and clinical nutritionist, evidence suggests that Horny Goat Weed helps increase oestrogen levels in women and improve libido.4

9. Tribulus Terrestris

This flowering plant has long been a part of herbal medicine and holds a reputation for boosting men’s sexual prowess. It contains a substance called protodioscin, which is thought to dilate blood vessels in the penis, resulting in a fuller erection. However, this herb has a lot to offer women too. One study found that Tribulus improved sexual desire in 49 out of 50 females. Another study found that women who took Tribulus experienced heightened sexual desire, arousal, and satisfaction. It’s believed that Tribulus stimulates androgen receptors in the brain to help the body respond positively to hormones.5

6 practical options to treat low libido
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It’s important to understand that low libido can be treated and it’s worth doing something about. If you are suffering from a loss of libido, take stock of your situation, talk to your doctor and your partner, and make a checklist of things you can do to start taking control and getting the joy of sex back in your life. Aphrodisiacs can help; here are some other options to consider:

  1. Make lifestyle changes to lose weight, reduce stress and get more sleep and exercise.
  2. Have a health examination to check for any underlying physical causes.
  3. Change your medication to see if libido improves.
  4. Check hormone levels, particularly your levels of testosterone.
  5. Strengthen your relationship by making time for your partner and enjoying common interests together.
  6. Consider an herbal supplement like Herbal Ignite to help increase libido.
How Herbal Ignite for Men and Women helps treat low libido

Herbal Ignite for Men and Women are over-the-counter dietary supplements taken daily with food. They help boost energy levels and relieve fatigue and stress in both men and women. Herbal Ignite for Men also increase men’s health and libido, boosts testosterone (the key sex hormone in men) levels and improves nerve function and genital blood flow. Herbal Ignite for Women supports pre-menstrual tension and menopause, helps restore hormone levels to a healthy balance and improves libido.

Herbal Ignite for Men

The three key herbs in Herbal Ignite Ignite for Him – Tribulus Terrestris, Horny Goat Weed and Avena Sativa – have been used in traditional medicine for centuries to rejuvenate men’s sexual health. The herb Tribulus Terrestris in particular, has also been found to naturally boost testosterone levels and is available in capsule form in herbal supplements like Herbal Ignite.

  • Tribulus Terrestris lifts testosterone levels and improves sexual activity and muscular strength. It also generates male energy, confidence and stamina and men using Herbal Ignite report an improved sense of wellbeing. While Tribulus Terrestris supports and assists the body's natural production of testosterone it should be clearly understood that it is not a hormone supplement. By promoting the production of the body's own hormones, it works within the body's natural limits to help men achieve their strength and muscular potential. Tribulus Terrestris will not cause the body to indefinitely produce increasing amounts of testosterone – rather, it balances natural hormone levels.
  • Horny Goat Weed increases desire and sexual performance. The active ingredients in this herb are PDE-5 inhibitors, which increase blood flow to the penis and help with better erections.
  • Avena Sativa relieves stress and increases sexual desire. Many men notice a decline in sex drive and sexual strength because of the effects of stress and long working hours; this herb helps counter the effects of our tough modern lifestyle.

Herbal Ignite for Women

Herbal Ignite for Her contains four key ingredients:

  • Damiana is the key fatigue and stress fighter in Herbal Ignite for Women. Known as the ‘ultimate feel-good herb’ for women, it combats fatigue, relaxes the body, reduces stress and anxiety, lifts mood and enhances sexual response. It also helps balance female hormone levels, control hot flushes and is especially renowned for its libido enhancing qualities.
  • Dong Quai is known as ‘the women’s herb’ or ‘female ginseng’ because it is recognised in traditional Asian medicine as an excellent all-purpose women’s herb. It is used to calm nerves, relieve anxiety and mood swings, aid in the treatment of various skin conditions, promote youthfulness, reduce stress and is also considered effective in treating cancer. It also helps restore hormonal balance, improve menstrual regularity and relieves PMS and hot flushes.
  • Tribulus Terrestris is a general tonic that supports sex drive, ovulation and reproductive health. It also balances hormone levels, boosts vitality and sense of wellbeing.
  • Horny Goat Weed has been used in traditional medicine as an aphrodisiac to increase libido, improve sexual response and function and create a feeling of well-being during menopause. Horny Goat Weed has been used since ancient times to promote physical and mental energy. It stimulates libido by enhancing sexual response and orgasm, relieves symptoms associated with PMS and menopause, balances hormones, relieves stress and aids in the treatment of osteoporosis. Horny goat weed contains a flavonoid called Icariin that assists to increase nitric oxide levels relaxing genital muscles in men and women, promoting erections and orgasms. Horny goat weed influences the stress hormone cortisol to help relieve stress.

 

Herbal Ignite helps your sex drive get up to speed

Herbal Ignite has been used successfully by thousands of men and women in New Zealand and Australia to help beat stress and fatigue, boost libido and sexual satisfaction. It is 100% natural and free of unpleasant side effects. It is made in New Zealand to the highest standards, with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients. Contact Intenza today to take control of your sexual fortunes.

Disclaimer. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and does not substitute for the advice provided by your medical professional. Always seek specific medical advice for treatment appropriate to you. Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

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Infertility is a problem for millions of couples around the world, but what causes fertility issues and what can you do to treat them? Let’s take a closer look at fertility issues and examine some effective treatments, from medical procedures to Intenza’s Herbal Ignite supplements.

What is infertility?

Infertility is the inability of a couple to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sex. Although both partners contribute equally in the creation of a child, the woman is often unfairly blamed for sterility, even though the biological cause may lie with the man. Backing this up is recent research which has highlighted that the male sperm count is dropping worldwide.

A recent study by scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and published in the Human Reproduction Update examined more than 180 studies on infertility conducted over 40 years. It concluded that, overall, total sperm counts in Western countries have dropped by 59 percent since 1971, with a corresponding 52 percent fall in sperm concentration.

Although it didn’t pinpoint which factors were specifically to blame, the fact that the decline in Western countries outpaced those elsewhere in the world suggests that hormone-disrupting chemicals and pesticides were two of the main causes. Lifestyle factors such as diet, smoking, stress and obesity are also highlighted in several other recent studies.1

Quoting the findings of the study, Professor Daniel Brison, an expert in clinical embryology at Manchester University, said the extent of the decline in sperm counts in the Western world was “shocking”, and has “major implications not just for fertility, but for male health and wider public health”.

Who is affected by infertility?

According to the Mayo Clinic, up to 15 percent of couples are infertile. Worldwide, the number of couples seeking medical help to have a family has risen. Previously, many couples just accepted they could not have children and never bothered to see a doctor. However, there does appear to be a genuine increase in infertility – especially in men.

Male infertility now accounts for around 30 percent of cases – the same as female statistics. The remaining 40 percent of cases are put down to a combination of both male and female factors, or something which cannot be identified.

Fertility expert Prof Richard Sharpe from the University of Edinburgh, says the depressed sperm count and delays starting families – with many waiting until the female partner was in her 30s – meant many couples were left facing a “double whammy” when they tried to conceive.2

7 infertility symptoms

The obvious sign of male and female infertility is the inability to conceive a child. There may be no other clear signs or symptoms.

In some cases of male infertility, however, an underlying problem such as an inherited disorder, hormonal imbalance, dilated veins around the testicles, or a condition that blocks the passage of sperm may cause signs and symptoms.

These may include:

 

  1. Problems with sexual function — for example, difficulty with ejaculation or small volumes of fluid ejaculated, reduced sexual desire or difficulty maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction).
  2. Pain, swelling or a lump in the testicle area.
  3. Recurrent respiratory infections.
  4. Inability to smell.
  5. Abnormal breast growth (gynecomastia).
  6. Decreased facial or body hair or other signs of a chromosomal or hormonal abnormality.
  7. Having a lower than normal sperm count (fewer than 15 million sperm per milliliter of semen or a total sperm count of less than 39 million per ejaculate).3

In the case of female infertility, other than the inability to fall pregnant, a menstrual cycle that's too long (35 days or more), too short (less than 21 days), irregular or absent can mean a woman isn’t ovulating. There may be no other outward signs or symptoms.

Causes of male infertility

Male infertility can be caused by several factors linked to lower sperm count, movement of sperm and quantity. These include: 

  • A low sperm count, or no sperm at all.
  • Decreased sperm mobility, which makes it harder for sperm to reach the egg.
  • Damage to a man's testicles. This could be due to a range of problems including:
  • Injury to the testicles.
  • Undescended testicles— when one or both testicles has not descended into the scrotum.
  • Infectionsuch as mumps or gonorrhoea.
  • Testicular cancer.4
  • Tight underwear, identified by one study as the single biggest cause of infertility.
  • Some chemicals used in painting and decorating are thought to contribute to infertility. Chemicals known as PFCs, which are found in some raincoats and non-stick pans, are also suspected.2
  • Mobile phones. Keeping your phone in your trouser pocket can 'cook' your sperm, according to a study published in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine. Fertility experts suggest you keep your phone out of your pocket if you want to keep your sperm count high, as the increased temperature and electromagnetic activity could be damaging your fertility.
  • Hot baths. Men should avoid 'overheating' their testicles, according to researchers at the University of California. The ideal climate for sperm production is a cool surrounding temperature, so even taking a hot bath may disrupt the temperature of the testicles and lower sperm count.
  • Illicit drug use.Anabolic steroids taken to stimulate muscle strength and growth can cause the testicles to shrink and sperm production to decrease. Use of cocaine or marijuana may temporarily reduce the number and quality of sperm as well.3 
Causes of female infertility

The hormones oestrogen and progesterone control a woman's monthly fertility cycle. An egg is released each month as these hormone levels change. The egg then travels into the fallopian tubes which connect the ovaries to the womb, in a process called ovulation.

In women, infertility is due to problems with ovulation in about one in three cases. Some issues prevent women from releasing any eggs; in other cases, an egg is only released on some monthly cycles.

Ovulation problems can occur as a result of many conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid problems or premature ovarian failure, which is when a woman's ovaries stop working before the age of 40. Another common cause of infertility is when small pieces of the womb lining are found outside the womb – a condition called endometriosis.

There are many other conditions which can cause a woman to have problems with fertility. It may be difficult to become pregnant, for example, if the womb or fallopian tubes are damaged.4 

9 risk factors for infertility

The Mayo Clinic identifies some common risk factors for infertility for both men and women:

  1. Men and women are their most fertile in their early 20s. Female fertility declines sharply after the age of 35. Around one in three of couples in which the woman is over 35 have fertility problems. This rises to two-thirds when the woman is over 40. Male fertility gradually declines from the age of 40.
  2. Hormonal disorders.An underactive thyroid or a malfunctioning pituitary gland can cause fertility issues.
  3. Smoking. Studies have shown that women who smoke take longer to conceive. Research has found that the toxic chemicals in cigarettes can damage the lining of the fallopian tubes, which help transport the egg from the ovary to the womb. Partners of men who smoke also have a reduced chance of conceiving, as smoking can decrease the amount of sperm produced and their motility.
  4. Drinking. Alcohol can reduce fertility in both men and women. It is not yet understood exactly how alcohol affects fertility but studies have shown that drinking alcohol reduces the chances of a woman conceiving. In men, heavy drinking may affect sperm quality.
  5. Bad timing.An egg is fertilised when a man's sperm meets the woman's egg at about the time of ovulation, which is when the egg is released from the ovaries. Women mostly ovulate once during each cycle, and the most likely time for conception is 14 days before a period.
  6. Worry and tensioncan cause hormonal changes in the body, which can lead to fertility problems.
  7. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) as well as fallopian tube infection in women. Both may cause permanent damage to the fallopian tubes and uterus, leading to infertility. Gonorrhoea can also cause PID and reduce fertility in men as well.
  8. Unhealthy body weight. If you're very underweight it can be more difficult to conceive. Being obese may also cause problems with conceiving.4
  9. Lack of sleep.If you aren't managing seven to eight hours of sleep a night your fertility might start to suffer. A preliminary study published by Fertility and Sterility found that men who slept for less than six hours a night were 31 percent less likely to impregnate their partner than men who were able to catch seven to eight hours of shut eye.5 
How is infertility diagnosed?

Most people will see a medical professional if a pregnancy doesn’t occur after 12 months of trying. A doctor can give advice and conduct some preliminary assessments, including discussing a couple’s sexual practices. 

If this doesn’t help a doctor may then recommend tests and trials, which may be inconclusive. In some infertile couples, no specific cause is found. Infertility evaluation can be expensive, and sometimes involves uncomfortable procedures.

Fertility tests for men

You may have a general physical exam, including examination of your genitals. Specific fertility tests may include:

 

  • Semen analysis.Your doctor may ask for one or more semen specimens. Semen is generally obtained by masturbating or by interrupting intercourse and ejaculating your semen into a clean container. A lab then analyses your semen specimen.
  • Hormone testing.You may have a blood test to determine the level of testosterone and other male hormones.
  • Genetic testing.Genetic testing may be done to determine whether there's a genetic defect causing infertility.
  • Testicular biopsy.In select cases, a testicular biopsy may be performed to identify abnormalities contributing to infertility and to retrieve sperm to use with assisted reproductive techniques, such as IVF.
  • Other specialty testing.In rare cases, other tests to evaluate the quality of the sperm may be performed, such as evaluating a semen specimen for DNA abnormalities.
  • In certain situations, imaging studies such as a brain MRI, bone mineral density scan, transrectal or scrotal ultrasound, or a test of the vas deferens may be performed. 
Fertility tests for women

Fertility for women relies on the ovaries releasing healthy eggs. Her reproductive tract must allow an egg to pass into her fallopian tubes and join with sperm for fertilisation. The fertilised egg must travel to the uterus and implant in the lining. Tests for female infertility attempt to determine whether any of these processes are impaired.

You may have a general physical exam, including a regular gynaecological exam. Specific fertility tests may include:

 

  • Ovulation testing.A blood test measures hormone levels to determine whether you're ovulating.
  • This evaluates the condition of your uterus and fallopian tubes and looks for blockages or other problems. X-ray contrast is injected into your uterus, and an X-ray is taken to determine if the cavity is normal and ensure the fluid spills out of your fallopian tubes.
  • Ovarian reserve testing.This testing helps determine the quality and quantity of the eggs available for ovulation. This approach often begins with hormone testing early in the menstrual cycle.
  • Other hormone testing.Other hormone tests check levels of ovulatory hormones, as well as pituitary hormones that control reproductive processes.
  • Imaging tests.Pelvic ultrasound looks for uterine or fallopian tube disease. Sometimes a hysterosonography is used to see details inside the uterus that are not seen on a regular ultrasound.

Depending on your situation, and rarely, your testing may include:

  • Based on your symptoms, your doctor may request a hysteroscopy to look for uterine or fallopian tube disease. During hysteroscopy, your doctor inserts a thin, lighted device through your cervix into your uterus to view any potential abnormalities.
  • This minimally invasive surgery involves making a small incision beneath your navel and inserting a thin viewing device to examine your fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus. A laparoscopy may identify endometriosis, scarring, blockages or irregularities of the fallopian tubes, and problems with the ovaries and uterus.
  • Genetic testing.Genetic testing helps determine whether there's a genetic defect causing infertility.6 
How is infertility treated?

According to Medical News Today, treatment depends on various factors, including the age of the person who wishes to conceive, how long the infertility has lasted, personal preferences and their general state of health. 

Frequency of intercourse

A couple may be advised to have sexual intercourse more often around the time of ovulation. Sperm can survive inside the female for up to five days, while an egg can be fertilised for up to one day after ovulation. In theory, it is possible to conceive on any of these six days that occur before and during ovulation.

However, a survey has suggested that the 3 days most likely to offer a fertile window are the two days before ovulation plus the one day of ovulation.

Fertility treatments for men

Treatment will depend on the underlying cause of the infertility:

  • Erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation.Medication, behavioral approaches, or both may help improve fertility.
  • Surgically removing a varicose vein in the scrotum may help.
  • Blockage of the ejaculatory duct.Sperm can be extracted directly from the testicles and injected into an egg in the laboratory.
  • Retrograde ejaculation.Sperm can be taken directly from the bladder and injected into an egg in the laboratory.
  • Surgery for epididymal blockage.A blocked epididymis can be surgically repaired. The epididymis is a coil-like structure in the testicles which helps store and transport sperm. If the epididymis is blocked, sperm may not be ejaculated properly.7
Fertility treatments for women

Although a woman may need just one or two therapies to restore fertility, it's possible that several different types of treatment may be needed before she's able to conceive:

  • Stimulating ovulation with fertility drugs.Fertility drugs are the main treatment for women who are infertile due to ovulation disorders. These medications regulate or induce ovulation. Talk with your doctor about fertility drug options — including the benefits and risks of each type.
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI).During IUI, healthy sperm are placed directly in the uterus around the time the woman's ovary releases one or more eggs to be fertilised. Depending on the reasons for infertility, the timing of IUI can be coordinated with your normal cycle or with fertility medications.
  • Surgery to restore fertility.Uterine problems such as endometrial polyps, a uterine septum or intrauterine scar tissue can be treated with hysteroscopic surgery.6
6 things to do at home to support fertility

There are a variety of simple, effective ways to help improve a couple’s chances of conceiving.

  1. Watch your weight.A healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) has been linked to increased fertility in both men and women. This is because your weight affects your body’s hormone production. Being overweight leads to decreased sperm production in men and decreased frequency and consistency of ovulation in women. A normal BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9.
  2. Balance your diet.A big part of watching your weight means eating right. While no research suggests that one specific diet increases fertility, a balanced diet promotes overall health, including reproductive health. You should avoid sugar and other simple carbohydrates, as well as fatty or fried foods. Focus on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, lean meat protein (such as fish and skinless chicken), and healthy fats (such as omega-3 and omega-9 fats)
  3. Stay active.Another important step in maintaining a healthy weight is to get plenty of exercise. In men especially, moderate exercise can help produce enzymes that help to protect sperm. Aim to get at least thirty minutes of moderate cardio (anything that gets your heart rate up, such as jogging, cycling, swimming, etc.) five days a week. Women should stick to a moderate exercise routine as vigorous exercise reduces progesterone levels, which is an important hormone for ovulation. They should limit vigorous exercise to fewer than five hours each week.
  4. Avoid exposure to sexually transmitted infections (STIs).STIs, especially chlamydia and gonorrhea, can cause infertility in both men and women. Both of these STIs can occasionally present asymptomatically (without warning signs), so it’s always a good idea for you and your partner to schedule an STI screening before you stop using condoms when you plan to conceive. Both infections are bacterial, and you can treat them with a course of antibiotics from your doctor.
  5. Quit smoking.Use of tobacco products is another leading cause of infertility amongst both men and women. Women who smoke risk aging their ovaries and depleting their eggs prematurely. In men, smoking is associated with reduced sperm counts, decreased sperm mobility, and even misshapen sperm.
  6. Reduce your alcohol consumption.Experts have linked alcohol consumption to many fertility complications in both women and men. Heavy drinking can cause ovulation disorders in women, making it more difficult to pinpoint when you are most fertile. In men, heavy drinking is associated with lower levels of testosterone, which can lead to decreased sperm counts and even impotence. You should always drink in moderation and consider cutting out alcohol entirely while trying to conceive.8
4 additional things men can do at home to boost sperm count

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  1. Eat red foods. A report published by Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic in the U.S, following analysis of 12 studies conducted by different groups around the world, found that consumption of lycopene improved the quality, mobility and volume of sperm dramatically, increasing sperm count by up to 70%. Lycopene is an essential nutrient commonly found in red fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes, strawberries, cherries and peppers.
  2. Lay off the laptop. A study published in the journal Fertility and Sterilitysuggested there could be a link between using a laptop with a Wi-Fi connection and a reduction in sperm quality. Sperm samples from 29 men were stored normally and under a laptop connected to WiFi. The sperm stored under the laptop became more sluggish and showed signs of DNA damage.
  3. Ditch the bath. The optimum temperature for sperm production is 34.5 degrees Celsius, which is slightly below body temperature. A three-year University of California study found that five out of 11 men who stopped taking hot baths experienced a sperm count rise of almost 500 percent.
  4. Drink coffee – but not too much. Researchers from Sao Paolo University in Brazil studied 750 men and concluded that drinking coffee can improve the swimming speed of human sperm, although whether this means pregnancy rates are higher among coffee drinkers is unclear. Other studies, though, have suggested that drinking just three cups of coffee a day can cause genetic mutations in sperm, making it harder for them to successfully fertilise an egg.
Herbs can help support sperm count and boost male fertility

Through the ages, men have credited herbs with fertility and sexual prowess. From the Chinese goat herder who first noticed his goats got randy when they ate the plant that has become known as Horny Goat Weed, to the London apothecaries who dispensed the same sexual enhancement herb to William Shakespeare’s contemporaries, over the ages, men have looked to herbs to boost sexual power.

In the early days, no distinction was made between impotence (the inability to get an erection), low, desire and infertility, so the herbal supplements they used were expected to treat all sexual problems.

Since those times, science has helped us understand the biology of sexual performance better and we now understand that erectile dysfunction, low sex drive and infertility are separate problems, which may have different causes and require different treatments.

The traditional herbs used to enhance virility have been researched and refined by modern science so men and women can be assured of quality extracts of identified active ingredients.

4 ways herbs help increase fertility and sexual prowess 1. Herbs that increase sperm volume & health

The male sperm count has declined significantly over the last four decades, a trend that is attributed to a number of factors, including chemical contamination and a degraded natural environment.

A low sperm count usually leads to an inability to father children, but it can also be associated with other hormonal issues, and can be worsened by stress, anxiety and poor general health. Herbs with the strongest reputation for male fertility and increased sperm health include Tribulus Terrestris, Horny Goat Weed and Saw Palmetto.

2. Herbs that increase penile blood flow

Horny Goat Weed has been found to contain PDE 5 inhibitors – the same active ingredient that is the basis for modern erection drugs. In fact, one modern drug lost a patent claim to be the “first PDE 5 treatment for erectile dysfunction” because it was proven Chinese medicine had used Horny Goat Weed for ED for centuries before.

PDE 5 inhibitors work by promoting blood flow to the penis and there are now several herbs - including Tribulus Terrestris, Yohimbe, and Gingko Biloba – that have been shown to increase blood flow to the penis by helping relax the smooth..

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The appearance of perimenopausal symptoms can be a shock for some women, but it doesn’t have to mean the disruption of your sex life if you take steps to enhance your wellbeing and consider using a natural libido supplement. Let us deconstruct the ins-and-outs of perimenopause, and discover how its impact on your sexual health can be minimised.

What is perimenopause?

Perimenopause means ‘around menopause’, and refers to the time during which a woman’s body makes a natural transition towards menopause, marking the end of her reproductive years. Perimenopause is also called the menopausal transition.

The level of estrogen – the main female hormone – rises and falls during perimenopause, causing menstrual cycles to lengthen or shorten. Women may also begin having menstrual cycles in which their ovaries don't release an egg (ovulation). They may also experience menopause-like symptoms, such as hot flushes, sleep problems and vaginal dryness.

Who is affected by perimenopause?

Women start perimenopause at different ages. Some may notice signs of progression toward menopause – such as menstrual irregularity – sometime in their 40s. However, some may notice changes as early as their mid-30s.

Once a woman has experienced 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period, they’ve officially reached menopause, and the perimenopause period ends.

8 signs and symptoms of perimenopause

Throughout the menopausal transition, changes in a woman’s body take place and she might experience the following:

  1. Irregular periods.As ovulation becomes more unpredictable, the length of time between periods may be longer or shorter, menstrual flow may be light to heavy, and some periods may be skipped.
  2. Hot flushes and sleep problems.Hot flushes of varying intensity and frequency are common during perimenopause. Sleep problems are often due to hot flushes or night sweats, but sometimes sleep becomes unpredictable even without them.
  3. Mood changes.Mood swings, irritability or depression may happen during perimenopause.
  4. Vaginal and bladder problems.When estrogen levels diminish, vaginal tissues may lose lubrication and elasticity, making intercourse painful. Low estrogen may also leave a woman more vulnerable to urinary or vaginal infections. Loss of muscle and tissue tone may contribute to urinary incontinence.
  5. Decreasing fertility.As ovulation becomes irregular, a woman’s ability to conceive decreases. However, as long as a woman is having periods, pregnancy is still possible.
  6. Changes in sexual function.During perimenopause, sexual arousal and desire may change. But if satisfactory sexual intimacy was in place before menopause, this will likely continue through perimenopause and beyond.
  7. Loss of bone density.With declining estrogen levels, a woman starts to lose bone more quickly than it’s replaced, increasing the risk of osteoporosis – a disease that causes fragile bones.
  8. Changing cholesterol levels.Declining estrogen levels may lead to unfavourable changes in blood cholesterol levels, including an increase in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol – ‘bad’ cholesterol – that contributes to an increased risk of heart disease. At the same time, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol – ‘good’ cholesterol – decreases in many women as they age, which also increases the risk of heart disease.
Risk factors contributing to perimenopause

Menopause is a normal phase in life. Although not conclusive, evidence suggests that certain factors may make it more likely that a woman starts perimenopause at an earlier age, including:

  • History of smoking. The onset of menopause occurs one to two years earlier in women who smoke than in women who don't.
  • Family history.Women with a family history of early menopause may experience early menopause themselves.
  • Cancer treatment.Treatment for cancer with chemotherapy or pelvic radiation therapy has been linked to early menopause.
  • Partial hysterectomy. A hysterectomy that removes the uterus, but not the ovaries may cause menopause to occur earlier than average. Also, if only one ovary is removed, the remaining ovary might stop working sooner than expected.
Treatment of perimenopause

Some women seek medical attention for perimenopausal symptoms, but others either tolerate them or simply don't experience symptoms severe enough to need attention. Because symptoms may be subtle and appear gradually, a woman may not realise at first that they're all connected to the same thing – the rise and fall in the levels of estrogen and progesterone, another key female hormone.

Many women get relief from hot flushes after taking low-dose birth control pills for a short time. Other options to control hot flushes include the birth control skin patch, a vaginal ring or progesterone injections. Antidepressant medications may help with mood swings.

Women with perimenopausal symptoms may also feel better if they do things to enhance their general wellbeing, such as:

  • Exercising.
  • Stopping smoking.
  • Getting more sleep.
  • Drinking less alcohol.
  • Getting to a healthy weight and staying there.
  • Getting enough calcium in their diet.

 

  Perimenopause does not mean the end of sex 

Although hormonal changes associated with menopause can affect women’s sexual health, it is a myth to think all women experience a lack of libido and a decline in active sex at this stage of life – particularly if their menopause is naturally occurring and not as a result of a hysterectomy.

Hormones like estrogen, testosterone and DHEA are believed to play an important role in sexual desire and responsiveness, affecting not just libido but also physical aspects. The most common perimenopausal symptoms are hot flushes and vaginal dryness, or vaginal shrinkage, causing discomfort during sex.

Changes in a women’s sexual health at menopause are caused by:
  • Menstrual changes, including disrupted flow and uncertainty about when periods will occur.
  • Discomfort because of vaginal dryness and sensitivity.
  • Lower sex drive.
  • Night sweats, which disrupt sleep, impair self-image and cause irritability.
  • Emotional changes, which can affect a women’s outlook and leaving her feeling stressed and unattractive.
  • Urinary tract infections and loss of bladder control.
  • Weight gain.
6 ways herbal supplements can help with perimenopausal symptoms

Herbs generally take a little longer than Hormone Replacement Therapies to start working, but once they have built up in your system, the results can be very pleasing.

In her book “In The Mood Again, Use The Power of Healthy Hormones to Reboot your Sex Life At Any Age”, Dr. Genie James recommends waiting four to six weeks for levels to increase. It is good to remember this is a “gradual and gentle approach for rejuvenating your sexuality for life, not for a sexual sprint,” she says.

As an alternative to medications and hormone replacement therapies – which can have negative side effects –women are increasingly looking to herbal health products like Herbal Ignite for Her. Many years of herbal practice have shown that the herbs in Ignite for Women support women’s reproductive health effectively. It has a number of positive health outcomes, including:

  1. Helping to balance hormones.
  2. Reducing menopausal discomfort.
  3. Improving libido and sex drive.
  4. Enhancing sexual arousal and pleasure.
  5. Alleviating the side effects of the contraceptive pill.
  6. Improving mood and energy levels.

Ignite NZ’s special formula has helped thousands of women with libido support and an improved sense of wellbeing, with minimal unwanted side effects. However, it’s important to note that herbal treatments like Herbal Ignite for Women do not work instantly, or even overnight. Like many herbal remedies, it’s ideal to continue with Ignite for Women for three months. This is to ensure the best results, even though most people notice benefits within the first couple of weeks.

How Herbal Ignite for Women helps support women’s health during perimenopause 

Herbal Ignite for Women is an over-the-counter dietary supplement taken daily with food to support pre-menstrual tension and menopause and to restore hormone levels to a healthy balance. It also helps reduce stress levels and increase libido.

Herbal Ignite for Women contains four key ingredients:
  • Damianais the key fatigue and stress fighter in Herbal Ignite for Women. Known as the ‘ultimate feel-good herb’ for women, it combats fatigue, relaxes the body, reduces stress and anxiety, lifts mood and enhances sexual response. It also helps balance female hormone levels, control hot flushes and is especially renowned for its libido enhancing qualities.
  • Dong Quaiis known as ‘the women’s herb’ or ‘female ginseng’ because it is recognised in traditional Asian medicine as an excellent all-purpose women’s herb. It is used to calm nerves, relieve anxiety and mood swings, aid in the treatment of various skin conditions, promote youthfulness, reduce stress and is also considered effective in treating cancer. It also helps restore hormonal balance, improve menstrual regularity and relieves PMS and hot flushes.
  • Tribulus Terrestrisis a general tonic that supports sex drive, ovulation and reproductive health. It also balances hormone levels, boosts vitality and sense of wellbeing.
  • Horny Goat Weedhas been used in traditional medicine as an aphrodisiac to increase libido, improve sexual response and function and create a feeling of wellbeing during menopause. It has been used since ancient times to promote physical and mental energy. It stimulates libido by enhancing sexual response and orgasm, relieves symptoms associated with PMS and menopause, balances hormones, relieves stress and aids in the treatment of osteoporosis.

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What does our heart do and why should we care?

Your heart is a fist sized muscular organ that continuously pumps blood around your body via the circulatory system.

The blood provides your body with the oxygen, nutrients and hormones it needs and removes waste products, like carbon dioxide.

Your heart muscle needs its own supply of blood because, like the rest of your body, it needs oxygen and other nutrients to stay healthy.

The heart is very, very important. If it stops functioning (such as during cardiac arrest), your body begins systematically shutting down.

We should seriously care about our heart health. Heart disease is New Zealand's single biggest killer, claiming more than 6000 lives every year - or one person every 90 minutes. Internationally cardiovascular disease (the term for all types of diseases that affect the heart or blood vessels, including coronary heart disease) is the leading global cause of death, accounting for more than 17.9 million deaths per year in 2015, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030. 

Heart disease

Cardiovascular disease is the term for all types of diseases that affect the heart or blood vessels, including coronary heart disease. The term ‘heart disease’ is used as a catch-all phrase for a variety of conditions that affect the heart’s structure and function. All heart diseases are cardiovascular diseases, but not all cardiovascular diseases are heart disease.

The most common type of heart disease is coronary heart disease, and when people talk about “heart disease” this is what they are usually referring to. Coronary heart disease occurs when the coronary arteries that deliver oxygen to the heart become narrowed or blocked because of the build-up of fat (cholesterol) within the artery wall.

This is called atherosclerosis and it is a condition that develops when a substance called plaque builds up. This build-up narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through. If the build-up is mild, symptoms may include pressure or tightness in the chest during activity or stress, or shortness of breath or fatigue during physical exertion.

When the blood supply to the heart is severely reduced, chest pain (angina), heart attack (myocardial infarction) or heart rhythm disturbances (arrhythmia) may occur.

Types of heart disease 1. Coronary artery disease (CAD). causes impaired blood flow in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Also called coronary heart disease, CAD is the most common form of heart disease and a heart attack may result from uncontrolled CAD.
    2. Cardiomyopathy. is a progressive disease of the myocardium, or heart muscle. In most cases, the heart muscle weakens and is unable to pump blood to the rest of the body as well as it should. There are many different types of cardiomyopathy, caused by a range of factors from coronary heart disease to certain drugs. These can all lead to an irregular heartbeat, heart failure, a heart valve problem, or other complications.

      3. Congenital heart defects. Congenital heart disease, or a congenital heart defect, is a heart abnormality present at birth. The problem can affect the heart walls, the heart valves or the blood vessels. There are numerous types of congenital heart defects. They can range from simple conditions that don’t cause symptoms to complex problems that cause severe life-threatening symptoms.

      4. Heart infections. Heart infections may be caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites.1

      Complications arising from heart disease

      1. Heart attack. A heart attack occurs when the blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked by a blood clot, possibly damaging or destroying a part of the heart muscle. Sudden cardiac arrest is the sudden, unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and consciousness. Sudden cardiac arrest is a medical emergency. If not treated immediately, it is fatal, resulting in sudden cardiac death.

      2. Stroke. An ischemic stroke (the most common type of stroke) occurs when a blood vessel that feeds the brain gets blocked, usually from a blood clot. When the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off, brain cells begin to die. This can result in the loss of function controlled by that part of the brain, such as walking or talking.

      3. A hemorrhagic stroke. occurs when a blood vessel within the brain bursts. This is most often caused by uncontrolled hypertension (high blood pressure). Some effects of stroke are permanent if too many brain cells die after being starved of oxygen. A stroke is a medical emergency — brain tissue begins to die within just a few minutes.

      4. Heart failure sometimes called congestive heart failure, occurs when your heart can't pump enough blood to meet your body's needs. Heart failure doesn’t mean that the heart stops beating. Instead, the heart keeps working, but the body’s need for blood and oxygen isn’t being met.

      5. Arrhythmia refers to an abnormal heart rhythm. There are various types of arrhythmia's, where the heart can beat too slow, too fast or irregularly. An arrhythmia can affect how well your heart works. With an abnormal heartbeat, your heart may not be able to pump enough blood to meet your body’s needs.

      6. Heart valve problems. When heart valves don’t open enough to allow the blood to flow through as it should, a condition called stenosis results. When the heart valves don’t close properly and allow blood to leak through, it’s called regurgitation. If the valve leaflets bulge or prolapse back into the upper chamber, it’s a condition called prolapse.2

      7. Aneurysm. An aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of your artery. It is a serious complication that can occur anywhere in your body; if an aneurysm bursts, you may face life-threatening internal bleeding.

        Who is at risk of heart disease?

        Many risk factors for developing heart disease are controllable, while others are not. Factors include:

        • Age. Aging increases your risk of damaged and narrowed arteries and weakened or thickened heart muscle.
        • Gender. Men are generally at greater risk of heart disease. However, women's risk increases after menopause.
        • Family history and ethnicity. A family history of heart disease increases your risk of coronary artery disease, especially if a parent developed it at an early age (before age 55 for a male relative, such as your brother or father, and 65 for a female relative, such as your mother or sister).
        • Smoking. Nicotine constricts your blood vessels, and carbon monoxide can damage their inner lining, making them more susceptible to atherosclerosis. Heart attacks are more common in smokers than in non-smokers.
        • Certain chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapy for cancer. Some chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapies may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
        • Poor diet. A diet that's high in fat, salt, sugar and cholesterol can contribute to the development of heart disease.
        • High blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can result in hardening and thickening of your arteries, narrowing the vessels through which blood flows.
        • High blood cholesterol levels. High levels of cholesterol in your blood can increase the risk of formation of plaques and atherosclerosis.
        • Diabetes. Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease. Both conditions share similar risk factors, such as obesity and high blood pressure.
        • Obesity. Excess weight typically worsens other risk factors.
        • Physical inactivity. Lack of exercise also is associated with many forms of heart disease and some of its other risk factors.
        • Stress. Unrelieved stress may damage your arteries and worsen other risk factors for heart disease.
        • Poor hygiene. Not regularly washing your hands and not establishing other habits that can help prevent viral or bacterial infections can put you at risk of heart infections, especially if you already have an underlying heart condition. Poor dental health also may contribute to heart disease.
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        12 signs and symptoms of heart disease

        According to WebMD6, not all heart problems come with clear warning signs. There is not always an alarming chest clutch followed by a fall to the floor as you see in movies. Some heart symptoms don’t even happen in your chest, and it’s not always easy to tell what’s going on.

        This is especially true if you are 60 or older, are overweight, or have diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure. Men are more likely to experience chest pain; women are more likely to have other symptoms along with chest discomfort. The more risk factors you have, the more you should be concerned about anything that might be heart-related.

        Here are some symptoms to watch out for:

        1. Chest pain, tightness, pressure or discomfort (angina). This is the most common sign of heart disease. If you have a blocked artery or are having a heart attack, you may feel pain, tightness, or pressure in your chest. The feeling usually lasts longer than a few minutes. It may happen when you're at rest or when you're doing something physical.

        2Nausea, indigestion, heartburn, or stomach pain. Some people have these symptoms during a heart attack and may even vomit. Women are more likely to report this type of symptom than men.

        3. Pain that starts in the chest and spreads. Another classic heart attack symptom is pain that radiates down the left side of the body.

        4. Shortness of breath, dizziness or light-headedness. If you suddenly feel unsteady and have chest discomfort or shortness of breath, call a doctor right away. It could mean your blood pressure has dropped because your heart isn't able to pump the way it should.

        5. Coldness and numbness, especially in your limbs; unusual or unexplained pain, and weakness in your legs and arms could be symptoms of atherosclerosis, which reduces blood supply to your extremities.

        6. Pain in the neck, jaw, throat, or upper abdomen. If you have pain or pressure in the centre of your chest that spreads up into your neck, throat, jaw or upper body, it could be a sign of a heart attack.

        7. You get exhausted easily. If you suddenly feel fatigued or winded after doing something you had no problem doing in the past, make an appointment with your doctor right away. Extreme exhaustion or unexplained weakness can be a symptom of heart disease, especially for women.

        8. Sweating. Breaking out in a cold sweat for no obvious reason could signal a heart attack.

        9. Swollen legs, feet and ankles. This could be a sign that your heart isn’t pumping blood as effectively as it should. When the heart can't pump fast enough, blood backs up in the veins and causes bloating. Heart failure can also make it harder for the kidneys to remove extra water and sodium from the body, which can lead to bloating.

        10. Irregular heartbeat. It's normal for your heart to race when you are nervous or excited or to skip or add a beat occasionally. But if you feel like your heart is beating out of time for more than just a few seconds, or if it happens often, ask your doctor to check it out.

        11. An abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia). Symptoms can include fluttering in your chest, racing heartbeat (tachycardia), slow heartbeat (bradycardia), chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, light-headedness, dizziness, or fainting.

        12. Symptoms of heart infections (such as endocarditis or myocarditis) include chest pain, chest congestion or coughing, fever, chills, or a skin rash.

        In all these cases, seek medical attention immediately. If it’s sudden onset call emergency and get to a hospital right away. Don’t try to drive yourself.

        5 common causes of cardiovascular disease

        While cardiovascular disease can refer to different heart or blood vessel problems, the term often refers to damage to the heart or blood vessels by atherosclerosis, a build-up of fatty plaques in your arteries. Plaque build-up thickens and stiffens artery walls, which can inhibit blood flow through your arteries to your organs and tissues.

        Atherosclerosis is the most common cause of cardiovascular disease and it is often caused by avoidable problems, such as an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, being overweight and smoking.

        1. Abnormal heart arrhythmia's (heart rhythms)

        In a healthy person with a normal, healthy heart, it's unlikely for a fatal arrhythmia to develop without some outside trigger, such as an electrical shock or the use of illegal drugs. That's because a healthy person's heart is free from any abnormal conditions that cause an arrhythmia.

        However, in a heart that's diseased or deformed, the heart's electrical impulses may not properly start or travel through the heart, making arrhythmia's more likely to develop. Common causes of an abnormal heart rhythm include:

        • Heart defects you're born with (congenital heart defects)
        • Coronary artery disease
        • High blood pressure
        • Diabetes
        • Smoking
        • Excessive use of alcohol or caffeine
        • Drug abuse
        • Stress and anxiety
        • Valvular heart disease5

        2. Congenital heart defects

        This heart disease occurs while a baby is still developing in the womb. Some medical conditions, medications and genes may play a role in causing heart defects. Some heart defects may be serious and diagnosed and treated early, while others may go undiagnosed for many years. Your heart’s structure can also change as you age, causing a heart defect that may lead to problems.

        3. Cardiomyopathy

        Cardiomyopathy is a thickening or enlarging of the heart muscle. There are several types, and each is the result of a separate condition.

        4. Heart infection

        Bacteria, parasites, and viruses are the most common causes of heart infections. Uncontrolled infections in the body can also harm the heart if they’re not properly treated.1

        5. Valvular heart disease

        There are many causes of diseases of your heart valves. You may be born with valvular disease, or the valves may be damaged by conditions such as rheumatic fever; infections (infectious endocarditis) or connective tissue disorders.

        How do you diagnose heart or cardiovascular disease?

        A thorough physical exam will be done if coronary heart disease is suspected. Your doctor will also take note of your family and personal medical history. Additional tests may also be done, including the following:

        1. Blood tests

        These check the levels of such things as electrolytes, blood cells, clotting factors and hormones in the blood. Specific enzymes and proteins that can indicate problems with the heart will also be tested for.

        2. Non-invasive tests

        • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG). A resting ECG monitors your heart’s electrical activity and help your doctor spot any irregularities. This may show changes that indicate the heart muscle is not receiving enough oxygen.
        • Echocardiogram. This ultrasound test shows the movements of your heart as it beats. The images will allow your doctor to get a better picture of your heart’s structure and assess any damage.
        • Stress test. This exam is done while you complete a strenuous activity, such as walking, running, or riding a stationary bike. During the test, your doctor can monitor your heart’s activity in response to changes in physical exertion.
        • Carotid ultrasound. To get a detailed ultrasound of your carotid arteries, your doctor may order this ultrasound test.
        • Holter monitor. Your doctor may ask you to wear this heart rate monitor for 24 to 48 hours. It allows them to get an extended view of your heart’s activity.
        • Tilt table test. If you’ve experienced fainting or light-headedness when standing up or sitting down, your doctor may order this test. During it, you’re strapped to a table and slowly raised or lowered while they monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels.
        • CT scan. This imaging test gives your doctor a highly-detailed X-ray image of your heart.
        • Heart MRI. Like a CT scan, a heart MRI can provide a very detailed image of your heart and blood vessels.

        3. Invasive tests

        If a physical exam, blood tests, and non-invasive tests aren’t conclusive, your doctor may want to look inside your body to determine what’s causing any unusual symptoms. Invasive tests may include:

        • Cardiac catheterisation and coronary angiography. Your doctor may insert a catheter into your heart through the groin and arteries. The catheter will help them perform tests involving the heart and blood vessels. Once this catheter is in your heart, your doctor can perform a coronary angiography. During a coronary angiography, a dye is injected into the delicate arteries and capillaries surrounding the heart. The dye helps produce a highly detailed X-ray image.
        • Electrophysiology study. During this test, your doctor may attach electrodes to your heart through a catheter. When the electrodes are in place, your doctor can send electric pulses through and record how the heart responds.1
        Treatment of heart disease 

        When to see a doctor

        Seek emergency medical care if you are experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath or fainting.

        Heart disease is easier to treat when detected early, so talk to your doctor if you have concerns. If you're worried about developing heart disease, discuss this with your doctor and they will suggest steps you can take to reduce the risk. This is particularly important if you have a family history of heart disease.

        Common treatments for heart disease

        Treatment depends on the type of heart disease you have, as well as how advanced it is. For example, if you have a heart infection, your doctor is likely to prescribe an antibiotic. If you have a build-up of plaque, they may take a two-pronged approach: prescribe a medication that can help lower your risk for additional plaque build-up and help you adopt healthy lifestyle changes.

        Treatment for heart disease falls into three main categories:

        1. Lifestyle changes

        Healthy lifestyle choices can help prevent heart disease. They can also help treat the condition and prevent it from getting worse. Your diet is one of the first areas you may seek to change.

        A low-sodium, low-fat diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables may help you lower your risk for heart disease complications. Likewise, getting regular exercise and quitting smoking can help treat heart disease. Also, try to reduce your alcohol consumption.

        2. Medications

        A medication may be necessary to treat certain types of heart disease. Your doctor can prescribe a medication that can either cure or control your heart disease and slow or stop the risk of complications. The exact drug prescribed depends on the type of heart disease you have.

        3. Surgery or invasive procedures

        In some cases of heart disease, surgery or a medical procedure is needed to treat the condition and prevent worsening symptoms. For example, if you have arteries that are blocked by plaque build-up, your doctor may insert a stent in your artery to return regular blood flow. The procedure depends on the type of heart disease you have and the extent of damage to your heart.

        8 ways to help prevent heart disease

        Certain types of heart disease, such as congenital heart defects, can't be prevented. However, you can help avoid many other types of heart disease through lifestyle and diet changes.

        1. Quit smoking or avoid second-hand smoke. Nicotine in cigarettes causes blood vessels to constrict, making it harder for oxygenated blood to circulate. This can cause atherosclerosis.

        2. Limit your alcohol intake.

        3. Control other health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

        4. Exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day on most days of the week, for a total of two-and-a-half hours per week. Check with your doctor if you already have a heart condition.

        5. Eat a healthy diet that's low in salt, saturated fat and trans-fat.

        6. Maintain a healthy body weight.

        7. Reduce and manage stress. Speak with your doctor if you’re frequently overwhelmed, anxious, or are coping with stressful life events, such as moving, changing jobs, or going through a divorce.

        8. Consider a natural heart health supplement, like Heart Health Pack. Our heart is increasingly stressed by our modern environment and lifestyle and it’s important to make sure it has all the support it can get – preferably with supplements containing all-natural ingredients.

        Is there a cure for heart disease?

        Heart disease can’t be cured or reversed. It requires a lifetime of treatment and careful monitoring. Many of the symptoms of heart disease can be relieved with medications, procedures, and lifestyle changes. When these methods fail, coronary intervention or bypass surgery might be used.

        It’s important to take charge of your overall health now, before a diagnosis may be made. This is especially true if you have a family history of heart disease or conditions that increase your risk of heart disease. Taking care of your body and your heart can pay off for many years to come.

        How the Heart Health Pack may help

        The Heart Health Pack is a combination of over-the-counter dietary supplements taken daily to improve your heart health and increase your sense of well-being.

         The Heart Health Pack contains three products:

        CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10) is an important enzyme that our body produces naturally. CoQ10 helps the mitochondria – the powerhouse in our cells – convert compounds in food into energy, needed to power our heart and every other bodily function.

        Magnesium. Low magnesium has been linked with cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, arterial plaque build-up, calcification of soft tissues, cholesterol and hardening of the arteries9. Magnesium helps widen and relax your blood vessels, which means your heart can pump blood more easily, thereby reducing blood pressure. It is also reported to support bone health, nerve conduction, muscle and brain function.

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        What does our liver do?

        The liver is an important organ in our body, found on the upper right-hand side of our abdomen, just below the rib cage. It is our second largest organ, weighing around 1.5kg and is about the size of a football.

        The liver helps our body’s metabolism, immunity, digestion and storage of nutrients. Blood from our digestive system must first pass through the liver before it goes anywhere else.

        Some of the key functions of the liver are:

        1. It converts carbohydrates into glucose for energy to fuel our body.
        2. Amino acids from protein are sent to the liver, which then produces body proteins such as hormones.
        3. Bile is produced in the liver to help break down fats that we eat.
        4. It changes ammonia from metabolism into urea, which is then excreted in urine.
        5. Medication, drugs and alcohol are filtered through the liver.
        6. It fights infections and disease.

        Liver disease is a broad term for anything that affects the optimal functioning of our liver. Liver failure usually occurs over time, when large parts of the liver are damaged beyond repair (cirrhosis) and it’s not able to function any longer.

        Who is affected by liver disease?

        Some liver disease is genetic, but it can also result from damage caused by factors such as alcohol use, infections or exposure to certain drugs, toxins or viruses. Obesity is associated with liver damage.

        Who is at risk of liver disease?

        Factors that may increase your risk of liver disease include:

        • Heavy alcohol use
        • Injecting drugs using shared needles
        • Tattoos or body piercings
        • A blood transfusion before 1992
        • Exposure to other people's blood and body fluids
        • Unprotected sex
        • Exposure to certain chemicals or toxins
        • Diabetes
        • Obesity1

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        11 signs and symptoms of liver disease

        Common symptoms of liver disease include:

        1. The skin and whites of the eyes appear yellow (jaundice)
        2. Abdominal pain and swelling in the tummy area
        3. Swelling of the legs and ankles
        4. Itchy skin
        5. Dark coloured urine
        6. Pale coloured or bloody stools
        7. Weakness, chronic fatigue, and weight loss
        8. Nausea or vomiting
        9. Appetite loss
        10. Bruising easily
        11. Changes in mental state, including altered sleep patterns, confusion, and drowsiness

        There are also a number of liver-induced disorders, including:

        • Fatty liver. This is where fat accumulates inside the liver cells, causing cell enlargement and sometimes cell damage, both of which can cause cirrhosis. A fatty liver becomes enlarged, causing discomfort to the upper right side of the abdomen.
        • Cirrhosis. This can be caused by a number of factors but is commonly due to hepatitis infection or excessive alcohol consumption. Liver cells are replaced over time by scar tissue, which impairs liver function.
        • Hepatitis. This is a general term meaning inflammation of the liver. It also refers to infections of the liver by specific viruses (hepatitis A to E).
        • Haemochromatosis. This is an inherited disease that makes the body absorb and store higher than normal amounts of iron. This damages many organs including the liver, pancreas, and heart.
        • Cancer. Primary cancers can arise in the liver, most often from chronic hepatitis with cirrhosis. Stray cancer cells from a tumour elsewhere in the body may cause a secondary tumour in the liver.2

        8 common causes of liver disease

        Liver disease can be inherited, or caused by damage from obesity, alcohol misuse, toxic damage or viral infection.

        1. Infection. Viruses and parasites can infect the liver, causing inflammation and reduced liver function. Viruses can be spread through blood or semen, contaminated food or water, or close contact with a person who is infected. Most common liver infections are hepatitis viruses (A, B and C).
        2. Alcohol misuse. Most people who consume alcohol do not suffer damage to the liver, but years of alcohol misuse can increase the chance of getting alcohol-related liver disease.
        3. Obesity or overweight. People who are obese or overweight (with a BMI greater than 30) are more likely to have a build-up of fat in the liver, which can lead to serious liver disease.
        4. Drugs. Liver injury can be caused by the abuse of prescribed medications or recreational or illicit use of drugs or hormones. In particular, injecting drugs using shared needles.
        5. Genetics. An abnormal gene inherited from one or both parents can cause various substances to build up in your liver, resulting in liver damage.
        6. Immune system abnormality. Diseases in which your immune system attacks certain parts of your body (autoimmune) can affect your liver.3
        7. Cancer and other growths, including liver or bile duct cancer and liver adenoma.
        8. Other causes include tattoos or body piercings, unprotected sex with an infected person, a blood transfusion prior to 1992 and exposure to certain chemicals or toxins.

        How to tell if you have poor liver function

        Liver disease can often initially present as a yellow tinge to the skin and whites of your eyes, accompanied by pain.

        Medical diagnosis is confirmed using a number of tests, including a physical examination, where the liver may be found to be enlarged. Your medical history, including medications and lifestyle factors, may also help confirm liver disease. A medical practitioner will often check things such as diet, exposure to viral infections, blood transfusions and family history.

        Blood tests may also be done, to check liver enzyme levels and jaundice, as well as an ultrasound, CT or MRI scan of the abdomen. A biopsy may also be done, where a small piece of liver tissue is surgically removed and examined under a microscope.

        Other, more unusual, signs and symptoms include itchy skin – caused by bile in the bloodstream due to liver damage – easy bruising and bleeding, bad breath, red palms of your hands and facial blemishes and pigmentation.

        Two of the liver’s key functions are to detoxify and energise the body. Fatigue and forgetfulness may result if your blood is overloaded with toxins from poor liver function.

        Treatment of liver disease

        It is important to see your medical professional if you have persistent signs or symptoms that are worrying you. Get immediate medical help if you have severe abdominal pain.

        Treatment depends on the cause of the liver disease and damage. A key treatment is rest and eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet. This includes avoiding alcohol and any drugs that may damage the liver further.

        In the case of liver cancer, chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy are common. If these don’t produce the desired results and liver failure is inevitable, a liver transplant may be considered.

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        12 ways to help prevent liver disease

        Not all types of liver disease are preventable, including genetic causes, or immune system abnormalities. However, you can help protect your liver from factors caused by poor lifestyle choices, in particular.

        Alcohol moderation. Avoiding excessive consumption of alcohol is an important first step in looking after your liver. Current recommendations are for no more than two standard drinks per day for women and three for men, with at least 2 alcohol-free days each week.

        Maintain a healthy weight. Approximately 75 percent of obese people have a fatty liver. If you are overweight or obese, gradual weight loss and increasing exercise can reduce your risk of developing a fatty liver. Avoid rapid weight loss of more than one kilogramme per week, as this can make liver disease worse. 

        Quit smoking. Cigarette smoking may worsen some liver diseases and may increase your risk of developing liver cancer. Smoking impairs the liver’s ability to process medications, alcohol and other toxins and remove them from the body.

        Get vaccinated. If you're at increased risk of contracting hepatitis, or if you've already been infected with any form of the hepatitis virus, talk to your doctor about getting the hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines.

        Practice safe sex. It’s not just HIV and other sexually transmitted infections you need to worry about with unsafe sex. Hepatitis B and C can both be contracted through unprotected vaginal or anal sex. The risk is increased during menstruation and with multiple sex partners.

        Avoid risky behaviour. Intravenous drug use is a common way of contracting Hepatitis B and C, especially if needle sharing is involved. Sharing personal items like a toothbrush or razor with others can also transmit Hepatitis B and C.3

        Avoid toxins. Toxins can injure liver cells. Limit direct contact with toxins from cleaning and aerosol products, insecticides, chemicals, and additives. When you do use aerosols, make sure the room is ventilated, and wear a mask.

        Avoid the use of illicit drugs and contaminated needles. Dirty needles aren’t only associated with intravenous drug use. You ought to follow up with a medical practitioner and seek testing following any type of skin penetration involving sharp instruments or needles. 

        Get medical care if you’re exposed to blood. If for any reason you come into contact with someone else’s blood, immediately follow up with your doctor. If you’re very concerned, go to your nearest hospital’s emergency room.

        Don’t share personal hygiene items. For example, razors, toothbrushes and nail clippers can carry microscopic levels of blood or other body fluids that may be contaminated.4

        Follow a healthy lifestyle. Eat a balanced diet and avoid high-calorie meals, saturated fat, refined carbohydrates (such as white bread, white rice and regular pasta) and sugars. This will help keep your weight under control, which helps prevent nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition that leads to cirrhosis. Also exercise regularly, which helps reduce liver fat. 

        Consider a natural detox, like the Essential Liver Cleanse Combo. Our liver is increasingly stressed by our modern environment and lifestyle and it works hard to detoxify and protect our body from things such as fatty foods, alcohol, medications and pollution. When liver function is not optimal, we cannot digest our food properly, especially fats.

        How Herbal can help

        Essential Liver Cleanse Combo is a combination of over-the-counter dietary supplement taken daily to detoxify your liver, improve liver health and improve your sense of wellbeing. It also boosts sex drive and lifts energy levels. 

        Our liver makes a big contribution to our overall health. Cleanse your liver of toxins and help restore it to top health with a daily liver cleanse and liver detox routine.

        The Essential Liver Cleanse Combo contains three key ingredients:

        Herbal Ignite for Him boosts testosterone levels and increases muscle mass. Testosterone deficiency, which becomes more common with age, is linked not only to decreased libido but also to a number of medical problems, including metabolic syndrome. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, also called ‘fatty liver’, commonly occurs with metabolic syndrome and may aggravate problems. The ingredients in Herbal Ignite help counter this.5,6,7

        Intense Detox Tonic encourages liver balance and cleanses the liver, especially after alcohol consumption. It also helps keeps bowels regular and reduces bloating by alkalising the body. It helps keep bowels regular, prevents bloating and alkalises the body for healthy digestion. It also removes contaminants from the body.

        Turmeric is a herb that has been used for medicinal purposes for over 4,000 years in countries such as India and China. It has been shown to support liver function and repair damage from fatty liver disease. It also improves liver detoxification, protects against free radical damage and stimulates the liver enzymes that flush out toxins.8,9

        Herbal Ignite has been used successfully by thousands of men and women in New Zealand and Australia to help beat stress and fatigue, boost libido and sexual satisfaction. It is 100% natural and free of unpleasant side effects. It is made in New Zealand to the highest standards, with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.

         

        Disclaimer. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and does not substitute for the advice provided by your medical professional. Always seek specific medical advice for treatment appropriate to you. Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

         

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        2. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/liver

        3. https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/l/liver-disease/

        4. https://liverfoundation.org/for-patients/about-the-liver/health-wellness/

        5. https://www.renalandurologynews.com/reproductive-medicine/testosterone-treatment-may-have-non-sexual-benefits/article/149224/

        6. https://www.journal-of-hepatology.eu/article/S0168-8278(16)30269-0/abstract

        7. https://www.healio.com/hepatology/cirrhosis-liver-failure/news/online/%7B9591edd8-168c-4ed1-b774-ad1422f3bac3%7D/testosterone-therapy-increases-muscle-mass-in-men-with-cirrhosis

        8. https://www.medicaldaily.com/turmeric-can-treat-liver-disease-233928

        9. https://www.livestrong.com/article/442134-how-does-turmeric-damage-the-liver/

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        9 Ways to Increase Sexual Stamina What is sexual stamina?

        Sexual stamina is loosely defined as how long a man can last in bed. While a ‘sub-par’ performance depends on who’s defining it, generally it refers to a man experiencing premature ejaculation, or not being physically able to have the kind of sex he or his partner wants.

        Who is affected by poor sexual stamina?

        Sadly, many men (and their partners) wish they were able to increase their sexual stamina. Up to 75 percent of men ejaculate within two to five minutes of beginning intercourse, and less than 35 percent of men in one web-based survey felt they had any control over when they climaxed.

        How is poor sexual stamina diagnosed?

        If a man is concerned about his sex stamina, it’s good to eliminate the possibility of a serious medical condition. Sexual shortcomings aren’t simply a fact of life that comes with age or a lack of physical fitness. If a man doesn’t feel physically well enough for sex, that could be a warning sign. It pays to get a doctor’s opinion if you have serious concerns.

        How is poor sexual stamina treated?
        Assuming a man is clear on the medical front, the next step is to look at other ways to improve sexual stamina. Eastern teaching has for thousands of years taught sex secrets that allow a man greater sexual control, by separating the physiological processes of orgasm and ejaculation that those in the West regard as inseparable. 
         
        Dr. Joel D. Block, quoted in Sex Over 50 says: “Taoist sex manuals devote a lot of space to techniques to prolong intercourse... these techniques have been working for thousands of years.” And the good news is that men in midlife are well positioned to learn how to increase their sexual stamina. Says Dr. Block: “Men in midlife are far more likely to experience multiple orgasms because they have greater control of the ejaculatory process and are able to differentiate between orgasm and ejaculation.”

        What can you do at home to increase sexual stamina?
        There are physical techniques, as well as medications and herbal supplements like Herbal Ignite for Men, which can boost a man’s sex stamina. By understanding the physical stages of sexual response, and then following physical techniques that raise and lower arousal levels during sex, men can:
        • Gain much greater control
        • Enjoy much greater levels of sexual satisfaction.
        • Last longer in bed.
        • Give their partners much more pleasure.

          Men and women are naturally wired differently for sexual arousal. Men usually get excited very quickly, only have one or two non-orgasmic ‘peaks’ and experience a short time between arousal and orgasm. Women usually take longer to become sexually aroused, and often experience several ‘waves’ of higher arousal before the end of their cycle which may, or may not, include orgasm. Because of the differences in these sexual arousal cycles, physical adjustments need to be made if the male partner is to experience satisfactory sexual stamina.

          9 Ways To Positively Influence Sexual Stamina

          There is a range of factors which influence sex stamina including:
          • Your mental state.
          • The use of condoms.
          • Sexual position.
          • Thrusting patterns.
          • Breathing and relaxation.
          • Muscular control.
          • Ejaculation-slowing techniques.
            1. Increase sex stamina using mindfulness

            Whether you’re thinking about having or halting an orgasm, the part of your brain responsible for this is switched on. So ironically, consciously thinking about delaying your orgasm may just end up ‘stoking the fire’. To improve your sexual stamina, try to stop thinking about it. Relax your mind. Focus on your partner, the motion, even sports if it helps! Or try and achieve a neutral state of thought for as long as possible. 

            In many cases, the stress and anxiety that result from the fear of not having adequate sex stamina may be a big part of the problem. There are a variety of ways to naturally decrease stress and anxiety, including exercise, yoga, prayer or meditation, and a better work-life balance. For some, it may be worth seeing a counsellor or psychologist to discuss advanced options. 

            Even if anxiety and stress aren’t the main cause of your problems, it can still contribute. So it’s well worth doing something to get it sorted.

            2. Condom insulation to boost sexual stamina

            Condoms are one of the simplest ways to increase sexual stamina. Not only will the layer of latex reduce sensitivity, but some condoms now contain Benzocaine, a desensitizing lubricant that will typically buy you another five minutes before climax.

            3. How sexual position helps you last longer
            The sexual positions that create the most friction for women do the same for men. If you’re ejaculating faster than you'd like to, you could try changing sex positions. The best sex positions to last longer in bed are:
            • The missionary (it gives the man more control).
            • Variations on it, like the butterfly.
            • Sex while standing.
            • When she’s on top, the penis receives less stimulation.
            • Any position where the two of you can gaze eye-to-eye and stay in deep communication.
              4. How thrusting patterns affect sex stamina
              The best lovers understand that sex isn't just about in and out. And there’s a science to sexual thrusting – men who have tried advanced techniques say it has remarkable results in improving their sexual stamina. By varying thrusting patterns between shallow and deep, you gain more control and stimulate the G-spot area more effectively.
               
              Some of the thrusting patterns taught in Tantric and Taoist traditions include:
              • Eight shallow, two deep.
              • Nine shallow, one deep.
              • Japanese nines.
                5. Breathing and relaxation can increase sexual stamina

                When men are sexually aroused:

                • Their breathing tends to become fast and shallow. By consciously slowing it, arousal can also be slowed.
                • A man’s body tenses up, hastening orgasm. Conscious relaxation techniques can slow this process.
                6. Improve sexual stamina with muscular control
                Learning to flex the PC muscle (the pubococcygeus) also known as the ‘love muscle’ through a series of exercises known as Kegel exercises is one of the main tools a man can utilise when discovering how to last longer in bed. This is done at first by starting and stopping urine flow. Once you’ve done this enough times, the muscle becomes stronger and you can repeat the exercise anywhere, any time.
                 
                When approaching orgasm, you can squeeze your PC muscle to lower arousal levels and improve your sexual stamina. The more you do this, the better your ejaculatory control will become.
                 
                Working the PC muscle can increase sexual pleasure for both men and women. If you practise Kegel exercises for a couple of months you should notice:
                • Your orgasms increase in intensity.
                • You have greater sexual control.
                7. Ejaculation-slowing techniques boost sexual stamina

                • The Big Draw Pull back when ejaculation is imminent, count to nine and resume thrusting with shallow strokes.
                • The Three-Finger Draw This technique uses three curved fingers to apply pressure to the perineum (the area between the anus and the scrotum) at the moment of ejaculatory inevitability.
                • The Art of Brinkmanship (coitus interruptus) Approach stimulation to the point of imminent orgasm, then stop until your arousal level has declined. When you feel yourself approaching ‘the point of no return’, pause and let things subside a little (try 5-10 seconds). Then you can get back to business. When you start approaching that point of no return again, simply repeat the technique. 
                • The Squeeze This method is similar to the one above. In this case, however, rather than merely pausing for a few seconds, if you find yourself getting too close to orgasm, withdraw completely. Then squeeze your penis right below the head for 10-20 seconds, focusing pressure on tube along the penis’s underside, the urethra. This will temporarily re-direct some blood flow and delay ejaculation. This technique can be repeated.
                8. Practice makes perfect
                All of these techniques to last longer in bed take time to learn and practice. Men who have used them successfully suggest practising during masturbation before trying them with a partner.
                 

                It’s not reasonable to expect that techniques to increase sexual stamina will work the first time you try them. But the men who have mastered them have no doubt the rewards of learning sexual stamina techniques are worth it.

                9. Medications and natural herbal supplements can improve sexual stamina

                  There are a variety of sexual stamina pills and creams available. They range from your standard ‘snake oil’ solutions to drugs with evidence to back their efficacy. There are also effective natural herbal supplements, like Herbal Ignite for Men, which can help boost your sexual stamina.

                  The key is to choose carefully and check the ingredients of all sex stamina pills, and their potential side effects, before making any purchases.

                  Why is Herbal Ignite for Men a good natural choice to help improve sexual stamina?

                   Herbal Ignite for Men is an over-the-counter dietary supplement taken daily with food to increase men’s health and libido. Its formulation works to:

                  • Support male sexual health.
                  • Support testosterone levels.
                  • Promote blood flow to the penis.
                  • Relieve stress and fatigue.
                  • Improve energy levels and confidence.
                  • Increase interest in sex or libido.
                      The three key herbs in Ignite for Men – Tribulus Terrestris, Horny Goat Weed and Avena Sativa – have been used in traditional medicine for centuries to rejuvenate men’s sexual and hormonal health. The herb Tribulus Terrestris, in particular, has also been found to naturally boost testosterone levels and is available in capsule form in herbal supplements like Herbal Ignite.
                       

                      Tribulus Terrestris lifts testosterone (the key sex hormone in men) levels and improves sexual activity and muscular strength. It also generates male energy, confidence and stamina and men using Herbal Ignite report an improved sense of wellbeing.

                      While Tribulus Terrestris supports and assists the body's natural production of testosterone it should be clearly understood that it is not a hormone supplement.

                      By promoting the production of the body's own hormones, it works within the body's natural limits to help men achieve their strength and muscular potential. Tribulus Terrestris will not cause the body to indefinitely produce increasing amounts of testosterone – rather, it balances natural hormone levels.

                        Horny Goat Weed increases desire and sexual performance. The active ingredients in this herb are PDE-5 inhibitors, which increase blood flow to the penis and help with better erections.

                          Avena Sativa relieves stress and increases sexual desire. Many men notice a decline in sex drive and sexual strength because of the effects of stress and long working hours; this herb helps counter the effects of our tough modern lifestyle.

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                            Herbal Ignite has been used successfully by thousands of men in New Zealand and Australia to increase testosterone levels and boost libido and sexual satisfaction. It also relieves stress and fatigue and improves energy levels and confidence. It has a potent herbal formula that works over time to help resolve the underlying causes low sex drive in men and, in particular, low testosterone levels that result from aging.

                            Herbal Ignite is 100% natural and free of unpleasant side effects. It is made in New Zealand to the highest standards, with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.


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                            10 tips on understanding female sexual health problems

                            Just as for men, women's sexual health plays an important role in overall emotional and physical wellbeing. A fulfilling sex life can boost a woman’s general health, improve sleep quality and reduce stress. Achieving a healthy and satisfying sex life doesn't happen automatically though; it takes good self-reflection and communication with your partner.

                            Women’s sexual health is influenced by a wide range of emotional, psychological and physical factors. As a consequence, when sexual problems arise, it is more difficult to separate the underlying causes for women than for men. Sexual health experts agree that women and men differ widely in their sexual response, and the advice given to men will not necessarily apply to women. However, there are still areas of common interest, such as taking good care of your general health and eating well.

                            According to the Mayo Clinic, many women – particularly those who are older than 40 or who have gone through menopause – physical desire isn't the primary motivation for sex. A woman may be motivated to have sex to feel close to her partner or show her feelings.

                            What it means to be sexually satisfied also differs for everyone. For example, some women say the pleasure of sexual arousal is sufficient, while others want to experience orgasm. If you have concerns about your sex life, or you just want to find ways to enhance it, a good first step is talking with your partner. Sharing your thoughts and expectations about your sexual experiences can bring you closer together and help you experience greater sexual enjoyment as a couple.1

                            Women’s sexual health problems are more easily resolved if both partners approach them prepared to make changes in the way they relate to each other sexually. Many therapists believe a woman’s sexual dysfunction is best treated as a couple, not just by the woman alone.

                            Both men’s and women’s sex lives will benefit from more open communication with their partner, centering on a positive and constructive dialogue which focuses on what is working well.

                            10 tips on understanding women’s sexual health
                            1. Women’s motivators are different

                            Women are motivated to have sex for a variety of reasons, not just because they feel sexual desire. This may include a desire to express love, to receive and share physical pleasure, to feel emotionally closer, to please her partner or to increase her sense of wellbeing.

                            Unlike men, women don’t spend much time thinking about sex and are not generally motivated by sexual fantasies. While women in new relationships are more frequently motivated by sexual thoughts, women in established relationships think about sex infrequently, or rarely.

                            1. Desire and arousal are different for women

                            The physical biology of desire and arousal works differently for women compared with men. While for men it may be a rising barometer of sexual excitement – from desire to arousal, erection and climax – a woman’s pattern is far less linear. This is one reason why some argue that men’s sexual models cannot be used to diagnose female sexual dysfunction.

                            For women, sexual desire does not necessarily precede sexual arousal. Arousal can often occur before desire, or arousal and desire occur simultaneously. And a woman can be aroused sexually without being aware of it or noticing any physical change.

                            1. ‘Use it or lose it’ applies to women too

                            The principle of ‘use it or lose it’ applies to women as equally as men. For example, women who are sexually active after menopause have better vaginal lubrication and elasticity of vaginal organs than women who are sexually inactive. 

                            According to sex expert Professor Barry McCarthy, author of Rekindling Desire: “Contrary to the myth that ‘horniness’ occurs after not being sexual for weeks, desire is facilitated by a regular rhythm of sexual activity. When sex is less than twice a month, you can become self-conscious and fall into a cycle of anticipatory anxiety, tense and unsatisfying sex and avoidance.”

                            1. ‘Outercourse’ can satisfy

                            For women – and even for some men – intercourse is not essential for satisfactory sex. Many couples who try increasing sex play may discover they can satisfy their sensual and sexual desires with fondling, caressing and kissing. This form of intimacy has been dubbed ‘outercourse’. 

                            1. Sexual response varies throughout life

                            A woman’s sexual response varies naturally at different times and at different life stages. It is influenced by a host of factors, including physical changes – such as during menopause or pregnancy – as well as the quality of the relationship with her partner.

                            1. It’s only a problem if a woman thinks it is

                            Women do not necessarily feel distressed when they lose interest in sex unless this is causing distress in her relationship and putting it in danger. At this point, she will need to decide how important the relationship is to her and how much adjustment she is prepared to make to secure it.

                            1. Low desire is common for women

                            Low desire is the most common sexual ‘problem’ that women experience; so common that Australian sex therapist Dr Rosie King suggests it’s a ‘normal’ female condition. A desire mismatch can drain intimacy and positive feelings from a relationship and can affect one in three couples.

                            1. Bad sex can destroy a relationship

                            ‘Guilt sex’ – sex agreed to under emotional pressure from the partner with the higher sex drive – can be very damaging to a relationship. On the contrary, healthy sex can play a positive role in any marriage or long-term relationship. According to Barry McCarthy, a ‘non-sexual’ marriage – defined as having sex less than 10 times a year – has a profound effect on a couple’s quality of life. However, ‘bad’ sex is more likely to ruin a relationship (up to 70 percent more) than good sex is to improve it (15 percent).

                            1. Arousal slows with age

                            With age, both women and men may need more time to become sexually aroused. Research shows men’s and women’s sexual needs tend to converge after the age of 50. Research also shows that older couples tend to spend longer making love than younger ones, simply because they need more foreplay. They’ve learned how to adjust to their physical changes and ‘go with the flow’, without feeling anxiety or pressure.

                            1. Realistic expectations are important

                            If you expect ‘orgasmic peaks’ each time you have sex you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Sex therapists estimate:

                            • 35 to 45 percent of experiences are very good for both partners.
                            • 20 percent are very good for one (usually the man) and okay for the other.
                            • 15 to 20 percent are okay for one and the other finds it acceptable.
                            • And 5 to 15 percent of sexual experiences are dissatisfying or dysfunctional, even between couples who share affection and understanding.

                            Says Barry McCarthy: “Couples who accept occasional mediocre or dysfunctional experiences without guilt or blame and try again when they are aware and receptive have a vital, resilient sexual relationship. Satisfied couples use the guideline of ‘good enough’ sex with positive, realistic sexual expectations.”

                            Maintaining good vaginal health

                            Maintaining good vaginal health is important for a woman’s general confidence, sexual satisfaction and physical health. Just like the intestinal tract, a healthy vagina carries a variety of beneficial bacteria to protect against infection and maintain a healthy PH level.

                            When beneficial bacteria are disrupted – for example, by the use of antibiotics which can kill internal flora, or when immunity is low – yeast infections like candida (thrush) flourish, causing itchiness and discharge.

                            Modern lifestyles have created an ideal environment for thrush infections, due to the following, which can all contribute to an increase in vaginal infections:

                            • A rise in refined foods and sugar in the diet.
                            • The popularity of synthetic underwear.
                            • The increased use of prescription antibiotics.

                            In her book Candida, A Twentieth Century Disease, Dr Shirley S. Lorenzani says before antibiotics were introduced in 1947, “only one out of four vaginal infections was due to candida. Today candida is the cause of nine out of 10 infections.”

                            8 tips for maintaining good vaginal health
                            1. Maintain a healthy PH balance

                            Itchiness and discharge can result when the PH balance in the vagina is disturbed. To help prevent this, don’t use harsh soaps or cleansers, and avoid douching. If you notice a strong or unpleasant odour you may be tempted to use these to mask it; this will only upset the mildly acidic levels that are a sign of good vaginal health. Instead, consult a health practitioner to identify the cause of the symptoms and take sensible lifestyle steps yourself, for example by cutting down on refined sugars.

                            1. Eat a healthy diet

                            If your vaginal health is out of balance, start by taking a good look at what you are eating and drinking. Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids and preferably not a lot of coffee or alcohol. Nutritionist John Appleton says one cup of coffee can kill off 75 percent of beneficial bacterial in the gut, which can impact on the health of the genital tract too.

                            Some foods are recognised as being helpful for vaginal infections, including cranberry juice and yoghurt. Vaginal dryness can lead to infections as well, so try and eat more soy, which is full of phytoestrogens and which can aid natural lubrication. Include plenty of green vegetables and fruit in your diet. And remember that factory-farmed meats may contain traces of antibiotics.

                            1. Practice safe sex

                            Using condoms during sex helps protect against HIV, genital herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, genital warts and chlamydia. Some of these diseases, like HIV and genital herpes, have no cure. Others, like the human papillomavirus that causes genital warts, are known to cause cancer or lead to other diseases. You also should change condoms when switching from oral or anal to vaginal sex, to prevent the introduction of harmful bacteria into the vagina.

                            1. Have regular health checks

                            Good vaginal health depends upon having regular health checks. Have Pap smears at the recommended frequency for your age group – usually every couple of years if you’ve had no adverse results previously – to ensure you are keeping track of any changes in vaginal cells that could indicate a pre-cancerous condition.

                            Every woman should have a vaginal health check at age 21, or within three years of becoming sexually active. Get anything unusual – like painful sex – checked out.

                            Pain experienced during sex may spread to the labia and pelvic areas during or after intercourse, and may be caused by a range of disorders. These include menopausal or pre-menopausal vaginal dryness, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) caused by chlamydia, or spasms of the vaginal muscles caused by a fear of being hurt.

                            1. Treat Infections when they arise

                            The most common vaginal infections are yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis.

                            • Yeast infections.These are most commonly caused by candida (non-sexually transmitted) or by uncontrolled diabetes (leading to high sugar levels), pregnancy (which changes hormone levels), or antibiotic treatment. Yeast infections can often be treated with over-the-counter pharmacy creams, or suppositories you insert into the vagina. If yeast infections recur, try making changes to your diet, avoid tight clothing and synthetic fabrics, limit the use of vaginal deodorants and change from wet clothing, like a bathing suit, as soon as possible.
                            • Bacterial vaginosis.This is not sexually transmitted, but is more common in sexually active women. It is caused by an over-growth of bacteria, and is at least as common as yeast infections in women of reproductive age. Up to 50 percent of women who have bacterial vaginosis do not experience any symptoms. Bacterial vaginosis can only be treated with prescription drugs taken as a pill or used as a vaginal cream or gel. Some medications for bacterial vaginosis should not be taken during the first three months of pregnancy. 
                            • Trichomoniasis and Chlamydia.These are the most common sexually transmitted vaginal diseases. Both may have few symptoms and can best be diagnosed by your doctor. If you suspect you have one of these infections have a checkup out to avoid possible reproductive health problems in the future.
                            1. Lube up during sex

                            Lubrication is an important aspect of intercourse. Without it, the skin of the labia and vagina can become irritated and chafed. Normally, natural lubrication occurs when a woman is sexually aroused, but hormonal changes, stress or menopause can affect this process. Don’t hesitate to use a personal lubricant cream or sex gel to help with lubrication, but give preference to a natural, water-based lubricant such as Ignite Intimate Gel. Avoid mineral oils which can damage the latex in condoms and may cause infection.

                            1. Choose clothing carefully

                            Synthetic fabrics and tight-fitting underwear or pants can increase heat and moisture in the genital area, increasing the likelihood of bacterial or yeast infections. Give preference to loose-fitting styles, avoid G-strings and use natural fabrics like cotton wherever possible. Change out of wet swimsuits and sweaty workout clothes as quickly as possible.

                            1. Follow good hygiene practices

                            Commonsense goes a long way in helping maintain vaginal health. After a bowel movement, wipe from front to back to avoid bacterial contamination of the vagina and lower the risk of bladder infection. Change sanitary pads and tampons regularly during your period. When you're not having your period, don’t use pads or panty liners to absorb normal vaginal discharge; they keep moisture and warmth near your vagina, which can result in infection.

                            Other ways to promote sexual health

                            It’s important to understand that sexual health issues can be treated and it’s worth doing something about. If your sexual health is suffering from physical or emotional problems, take stock of your situation, talk to your doctor and your partner and make a checklist of things you can do to address them.

                            Some practical options include:

                            • Check for any underlying physical causes.
                            • Make lifestyle changes to reduce stress.
                            • Discuss a possible change to medications with your doctor.
                            • Be kind to your body. Exercise, stop smoking, control stress, lose weight and reduce alcohol.
                            • Check testosterone levels.
                            • Try a herbal supplement like Herbal Ignite for Women.

                             

                            How Herbal Ignite for Women helps support women’s sexual health

                            Herbal Ignite for Women is an over-the-counter dietary supplement taken daily with food to support pre-menstrual tension and menopause and to restore hormone levels to a healthy balance. It also helps reduce stress levels and increase libido.

                            Herbal Ignite for Women contains four key ingredients:

                            • Damiana is the key fatigue and stress fighter in Herbal Ignite for Women. Known as the ‘ultimate feel-good herb’ for women, it combats fatigue, relaxes the body, reduces stress and anxiety, lifts mood and enhances sexual response. It also helps balance female hormone levels, control hot flushes and is especially renowned for its libido enhancing qualities.
                            • Dong Quai is known as ‘the women’s herb’ or ‘female ginseng’ because it is recognised in traditional Asian medicine as an excellent all-purpose women’s herb. It is used to calm nerves, relieve anxiety and mood swings, aid in the treatment of various skin conditions, promote youthfulness, reduce stress and is also considered effective in treating cancer. It also helps restore hormonal balance, improve menstrual regularity and relieves PMS and hot flushes.
                            • Tribulus Terrestris is a general tonic that supports sex drive, ovulation and reproductive health. It also balances hormone levels, boosts vitality and sense of wellbeing.
                            • Horny Goat Weed has been used in traditional medicine as an aphrodisiac to increase libido, improve sexual response and function and create a feeling of wellbeing during menopause. It has been used since ancient times to promote physical and mental energy. It stimulates libido by enhancing sexual response and orgasm, relieves symptoms associated with PMS and menopause, balances hormones, relieves stress and aids in the treatment of osteoporosis.

                            Horny Goat Weed contains a flavonoid called Icariin that assists to increase nitric oxide levels relaxing genital muscles, promoting orgasms. It also influences the stress hormone cortisol to help relieve stress.

                            Herbal Ignite has been used successfully by thousands of women in New Zealand and Australia to help beat stress and fatigue, boost libido and sexual satisfaction. It is 100% natural and free of unpleasant side effects. It is made in New Zealand to the highest standards, with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.

                             

                            Disclaimer. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and does not substitute for the advice provided by your medical professional. Always seek specific medical advice for treatment appropriate to you. Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

                             

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                            References:

                            1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/sexual-health/in-depth/womens-sexual-health/art-20047771
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