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Sexual issues in perimenopause (loss of libidovaginal dryness, inability to achieve orgasm) are a huge topic in women’s health lately.  I don’t know if any of you ladies have noticed that.  But, I have.

Many brands, advertisers, and medical groups have begun to focus very intensely on this topic over the past 12 months or so, and well, I’ve taken note.

It’s also a huge topic here at The Perimenopause Blog.  It always has been, really.  I mean, let’s face it, nobody likes the idea of aging in the first place, right?  But, when your aging process involves losing something that has been very important and enriching in your life, like say, your sexual desire and ability to have satisfying sex, it can be very stressful to say the least.

Statistically, the numbers don’t lie either.  According to a health survey study conducted in the UK  80% of women surveyed said that they had experienced a loss of their sex drive at some point in their lives.

42% say they’ve experienced dyspareunia (painful or difficult intercourse) due to vaginal dryness.  Of these women, 23% say it occurred for them after menopause, and 19% said it occurred during perimenopause. These numbers, and then some, certainly bear that out here at The Perimenopause Blog, I can assure you.

A lot of my readers ask me for suggestions for non-hormonal solutions to sexual issues.  As many of you know, I often recommend that you consider hormone therapy.  It worked (and still works) for me.  Because there is no doubt, that at the core of these problems is definitely hormone imbalance.  Without the right balance of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, we will experience sexual dysfunction issues. That’s just a biological fact.

But, a lot of you really aren’t interested in hormone therapy and I get that.  So, let’s talk about some other options instead!

Pharma Nord Omega 7 for Vaginal Dryness

I know what you’re thinking: “Magnolia, when I see the word “pharma” I see drugs.”  And in fact, I see that too.  But, in this case, that’s not an accurate assumption, and here’s why:

Pharma Nord Omega 7 is a supplement, not a hormone. It was also the first Omega 7 supplement to have been Omega 7-Packshot-2012 (300x219)introduced in the United Kingdom, and to date, remains the only formula which has been tested in clinical trials.

I know many of you are probably not too interested in clinical trials and medical research, either. But, I am. So take my word for it as one who reads these types of things regularly.

It’s important and significant that a product, in this case, Pharma Nord’s Omega 7, has been clinically tested.

But, all of that science and clinical trials stuff aside, let me tell you more about the supplement itself.  I think you will find it interesting. 

Sea Buckthorn Capsules

Pharma Nord Omega 7 sea buckthorn capsules are naturally derived from the berries of the sea buckthorn plant. This is where I would be saying, “What’s a sea buckthorn plant?” And then I would be off to the races to find some information on it.  If that’s you too…..stick around.  Here is a PDF file which you can download and read about the sea buckthorn plant later at your leisure.

For now, stay with me!

The natural oil found in Pharma Nord Omega 7 is derived from the berries of the sea buckthorn plant, and works by regenerating and repairing mucous membranes which line the female reproductive tract. And those other itchy places that seem to crop up everywhere during perimenopause?  Dry mouth? Dry eyes? Itchy skin? HELLO???

Mucous membranes line these areas of our bodies as well, and Pharma Nord Omega 7 helps those too!

Handle with Care

I’ve already said that Pharma Nord Omega 7 was the first Omega 7 supplement to be introduced in the UK, and that it remains the only formula to be tested in clinical trials.  But, I would also like to point out that Pharma Nord employs a unique carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction process, which maintains the integrity of the Omega 3, 6, 7, and 9 fatty acids, in addition to the vitamins and carotenoids in the supplement as well.

In other words, all of the benefits found in the omega fatty acids, vitamins, and carotenoids which are in Pharma Nord Omega 7, aren’t destroyed or damaged in the process of extracting them!  Important to know.

Non-Hormonal Options for Loss of Libido

In addition to the Omega 7 supplement, Pharma Nord has a non-hormonal supplement to help with loss of libido and difficulty achieving orgasm.  It too also helps in treating lubrication issues as well.  It’s called Pharma Nord’s Lady Prelox. 

Lady Prelox-60 (300x300)The ingredients of Lady Prelox include pycnogenol, an extract from the French maritime pine tree.

It also includes a patented rose hip extract called Rosvita, and the amino acids L-Arginine and L-Citrulline, which are found naturally in our bodies. All of these ingredients work together to improve blood flow and reduce tiredness and fatigue.

Every woman knows that if she’s tired and fatigued she’s not going to be interested in sex.

But, if you also don’t have adequate blood flow in your body, and especially in the genital area, arousal and achieving orgasm is going to be very difficult. Lady Prelox helps with all of those issues.

Lady Prelox was also used in a recent study involving perimenopausal women (a PDF copy of the study can be found here) and was shown to help with other symptoms of perimenopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, sleep issues, irritability, depressed mood, and mental focus.

And for those of us who have had issues with vertigo and dizziness in perimenopause (a big topic here at The Perimenopause Blog) Lady Prelox was shown to help dramatically with those symptoms, in addition to heart palpitations, anxiety, and headaches.

This is kind of interesting to me, ladies.  Outside of my post on the 35-Symptoms of Perimenopause, the blog posts which bring the most traffic to this blog are those on vertigo and dizziness.    So, if you’ve had issues with dizziness and vertigo in perimenopause - and many of us have – then Lady Prelox might be of interest to you as well!

A Giveaway!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a giveaway at The Perimenopause Blog, so let’s do one, shall we? Pharma Nord would like to offer one box of Lady Prelox and one pack of the Omega 7 to two winners.

The rules of the giveaway are the same as usual…..leave a comment here in the comment section at the end of this blog post or “Like” this blog post at The Perimenopause Blog Facebook page.

The giveaway will run from today until the end of day on Wednesday of this week.  On Thursday morning, I will make a video and announce the winners no later than noon Eastern Standard Time.  Once I draw the names of the winners I will forward all of the shipping information to Pharma Nord and they will ship the product.

And as always, I love to hear your opinions and experiences with any products I giveaway.  So, if you are one of the winners don’t forget to come back and let me know how it worked out for you!

For more information visit www.ladyprelox.co.uk or www.omega7.co.uk .  You can check out @Ladyprelox on Twitter too!

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Are Compounding Pharmacies Safe?

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Thanks to the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis in the United States, which is now responsible for 25 deaths across the country, compounding pharmacies are now in the cross-hairs of federal regulators, and questions are being raised about their safety. The New England Compounding Center, (NECC), located in Massachusetts, shipped thousands of vials of a […]

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Food as Medicine: Magnesium for Anxiety & Panic Attacks in Perimenopause

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In researching Vitamin D and magnesium benefits for my first post in the “Food as Medicine series, I was very intrigued by a statement I had read about magnesium at GreenMedInfo.com: “Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency.  Magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body……..A […]

March 13, 2015 CONTINUE READING →

Food as Medicine: Aloe Vera Gel for Joint Pain & Inflammation in Perimenopause

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Seems I’m on a roll with posts on chronic joint and muscle pain in perimenopause.  But, it’s a big one.  And considering that I am suffering with it right a long with most of you, it’s a topic that I know a lot about. I have, and still do take the occasional NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory […]

March 6, 2015 CONTINUE READING →

Food as Medicine: The Anti-inflammation & Pain Relieving Properties of Cayenne

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I probably should have included cayenne peppers and the powerful anti-inflammatory and pain relief benefits of the active ingredient of capsaicin (pronounced: cap-SAY-sin) found in the peppers, in my last post on chronic pain and fatigue in perimenopause.  However, cayenne peppers are so powerful and so effective in dealing with chronic pain due to inflammation, […]

March 5, 2015 CONTINUE READING →

Food as Medicine: Omega-3s & Zinc For Itchy Skin and Scalp in Perimenopause

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This is the first post in a new series I’m entitling “Food as Medicine.”  After several years of reading and writing about perimenopause, I’ve come to the conclusion that food is as important in managing the symptoms of perimenopause, as I believe bioidentical hormones are. In fact, I would likely say that food is even more important. Now, […]

March 3, 2015 CONTINUE READING →

Happy Calm Focused: My Final Review & Opinion

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I told you guys in my last post that I would follow up with my final opinion on Happy • Calm • Focused, also known as HCF,  after I had faithfully used it for 30 days.  Well, the verdict is in. I really like this product and it delivers what it says it will deliver. In my original post […]

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Depke Wellness Adrenal Fatigue Testing & Recovery System

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A common complaint among women in perimenopause is an overwhelming sense of fatigue and exhaustion.  Often described as crashing fatigue.  While many women might chalk it up as the result of sleepless nights associated with night sweats and insomnia, the real culprit is likely adrenal fatigue. What are the Adrenal Glands and What do they Do? The adrenal glands are two walnut sized […]

March 2, 2015 CONTINUE READING →

Discount Offer from Relizen for The Perimenopause Blog Readers!

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Some of you may remember the giveaway I did with Relizen, a non-hormonal supplement for the treatment of hot flashes and night sweats during perimenopause back in September of 2014. If you don’t (or if you do) you can find that post here. I thought you ladies might like to know that Relizen is offering special discount […]

February 17, 2015 CONTINUE READING →

Looking for Resources for Perimenopause? Look No Further!

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A lot of my readers ask for help in locating physicians, pharmacies, and recommendations for bioidentical progesterone (which I promote a lot here).  I almost always forget to direct them to my  Resources Page.  And unless you take the time to click through on some of my pages, you might not locate it either, though […]

February 15, 2015 CONTINUE READING →

Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, EstraCool™ & A Giveaway!!

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Let’s talk about hot flashes and night sweats, ladies.  You know you have em!  We all do!  Okay, well, I don’t have them so much anymore. But, I used to.  So don’t hate me. And while I wouldn’t call hot flashes and night sweats the worst symptoms of perimenopause, there is no doubt, they are bothersome. Thankfully, the only time I […]

January 11, 2015 CONTINUE READING →

Hot Flashes & Night Sweats in Perimenopause: Try Estroven Nighttime

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  This is a reprint of a post I wrote a few years ago when I blogged for the Estroven Sleep Campaign. Estroven is one of the few non-hormonal supplement products that I’ve used for perimenopause symptoms.  I have had good success with it and all of my opinions on the product are honest.  If […]

January 3, 2015 CONTINUE READING →

Hot Flashes & Stress in Perimenopause? Breathe Deep with Zenytime!

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If you’re looking for alternatives to hormone therapy to treat your symptoms of perimenopause, today’s sponsored post will be of great interest to you!   Read on to learn about an exciting new App for your phone which will help you manage hot flashes and stress during perimenopause!   “If you practice deep breathing exercises […]

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Hormone Replacement Therapy isn’t as Scary as You Think

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In 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative study sent the medical professionals prescribing hormone replacement therapy to their patients into a bonafide tail spin. Terrified of putting women at risk for coronary heart disease, stroke or breast cancer, physicians abandoned HRT all together, advising their patients to do the same. Few would argue the value of the study. […]

October 1, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Natural Remedies for Itchy Scalp in Perimenopause

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One of my more popular blogs here has been “Dry, Itchy Skin in Perimenopause.”  Apparently, we’re all itchy and scratchy when hormone imbalance hits. Go figure. For me, the biggest issue has been an itchy scalp. But, truth be told, I’ve always had issues with an itchy scalp.  As long as I can remember.  However, by the […]

July 17, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

AZO Bladder Control Product Giveaway – Winners Announced!

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Good Monday morning, ladies!  I’m hosting a giveaway today with a bladder control product called AZO Bladder Control™ with Go-Less®.   Rather than do a regular sponsored post, I’m going to post the product information for you here which gives you all the information you need in terms of  product description, the ingredients, suggested use, and […]

July 14, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

DHEA: What is it & Why Should You Care?

If you’re anything like me, prior to perimenopause the only thing you knew about hormones was that you had them, and that about every 28 days or so, you had a deep and passionate longing for a luscious piece of chocolate and a high powered firearm with bulls-eye accuracy. In prior generations there wasn’t much talk about […]

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Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer? Part III

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This is the final post in Dr. Joseph Mazzei’s series on the relationship between estrogen therapy and breast cancer.    If you wish to contact Dr. Mazzei or any of his colleagues in the Body Logic medical group, please see his byline at the end of the post.  As always, the views expressed in this post […]

July 2, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer? Part II

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Today’s post is a continuation of  Dr. Joseph Mazzei’s post on the relationship between estrogen therapy and breast cancer.  The views expressed in this post are not necessarily the views held by The Perimenopause Blog and are for informational purposes only. Please see your physician or healthcare provider for personal medical evaluations.  Let us continue our conversation from […]

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