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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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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 […]

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I was contacted recently by the makers of a brain supplement called “Happy • Calm • Focused” also known as HCF.  They asked me if they could send a free bottle for me to try in return for giving an honest Amazon review. I receive more free products than you can imagine.  I am contacted nearly every […]

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I ran across an article last year at the online publication The UK Daily Mail entitled, “Women with extreme PMS will now be deemed ‘mentally ill’ following controversial revision of health manual.” The health manual cited in the article is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by the American Psychiatric Association. The “extreme PMS” […]

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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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I Have a Tendency to Neglect Myself

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Menopause is a Fact of Life, Treatment Options are a Choice

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It doesn’t matter where a woman lives. It doesn’t matter what language she speaks or how she spends her day. Menopause is a fact of her life. Every day, in the U.S. alone 6,000 women begin this mid-life adventure with hot flashes, a sudden mood swings, painful vaginal dryness, night sweats, and restless sleeping patterns. […]

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Menopause, Marriage, & The Male Brain

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Why do I feel like I’m Going Crazy in Perimenopause?

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Why Diet & Exercise is Important in Perimenopause

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Antidepressants for Perimenopause?

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Feel better?  I could have used someone telling me that about 10 years ago when I walked right into one of the fiercest hormonal battles of my life. First of all, I had never heard of peri-anything.  Menopause?  Yeah.  I had heard of that.  My mom called it “the change,” and I knew that sooner […]

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