There’s no doubt about it, whether male or female, having a balanced hormonal profile throughout life goes a long way for your health, vitality and youthfulness throughout the decades – both for looking and feeling optimal.
When we hit our 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond we no longer have the abundance of hormones we once had. And this is normal as in nature there is no drive to reproduce. HRT and nature identical hormones, which really aren’t natural, perhaps have their place, however we have total affinity with plants, with herbal solutions that can rebalance and boost our hormones in a few short weeks, and in some individuals, just days.
The symptoms of declining Oestrogen levels may include:
- Decreased sex drive
- Hot flushes or night sweats
- Thinning of vaginal and pelvic tissue
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Vaginal dryness, leading to painful sex
- Amenorrhea (missing periods etc)
- Breast tenderness
- Headaches, or migraines becoming worse
- Weight gain
- Fatigue and Difficulty concentrating
Some of these symptoms are also shared with low progesterone however, and a peri-or post menopause woman may be low in both.
However symptoms of low oestrogen I have found is most common in post menopausal women.
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Healthy Sex: Essential Products
In Malaysia Kacip Fatimah Extract is exclusively a female herb. I use it in clinical practice with women displaying menopausal symptoms and women who have come in showing a low oestrogen profile. This incredible herb is traditionally used to maintain healthy sex and a healthy female reproductive system, will tighten, tone and lubricate the vaginal wall and tissue and enhances sexual function. Kacip Fatimah is rich in phytoestrogen and isoflavones.
HRT or ‘Nature Identical’ hormones certainly are not necessary for every women of peri-menopause or menopause age. There are much more natural herbal solutions, and Kacip Fatimah would be my favourite for the double purpose of supporting healthy oestrogen levels and for the toning affect of the pelvic organs.
This particular Kacip Fatimah from Bionutricia is incredibly concentrated and you only need to take 1/2 – 2 tiny scoops (inside the container) per day. Start at a low dose and build up gradually. If you are unsure consult your preferred health care practitioner.
Smooth (for Vaginal Health)
A unique fennel oil product formulation for direct topical application. Featuring high quality extracted fennel in extra virgin olive oil.
In a double-blind placebo controlled trial, fennel applied as a vaginal cream for 8 weeks improved vaginal cell quality, decreased parabasal cells and improved vaginal pH. The study concluded that topical fennel is an effective means to manage the symptoms of vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women and is devoid of side effects. Try Smooth to help restore vaginal health.
In a double-blind placebo controlled trial, fennel applied as a vaginal cream for 8weeks improved vaginal cell quality, decreased parabasal cells and improved vaginal pH. The study concluded that topical fennel is an effective means to manage the symptoms of vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women and is devoid of side effects. (Yaralizadeh et al. 2016).
The conclusions of a study entitled, ‘Effects of sea buckthorn oil intake on vaginal atrophy in postmenopausal women: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study’ concluded that sea buckthorn oil showed beneficial effects on vaginal health, indicating it is a potential alternative for mucosal integrity for those women not able to use estrogen treatment for vaginal atrophy. (2014 Nov;79(3):316-21. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2014.07.010. Epub 2014 Jul 21)
Sea buckthorn oil improves blood circulation, which is essential for vaginal moisture. Another study of postmenopausal women found that the women who used sea buckthorn oil saw improved vaginal dryness compared to the placebo group. In clinic I use Sea Buckthorn oil as my favourite remedy for the treatment of vaginal dryness. The dosage is just 1 mil per day to see results.
Collagen is a protein that helps strengthen the pelvic muscles and bones. It is also important for and healthy sex vaginal health, as it helps the body absorb nutrients from food and drink. Vaginal rejuvenation stimulates the regeneration of collagen and elastin, which can improve urinal stress incontinence, vaginal tightness, vaginal dryness, and the symptoms of postmenopausal atrophy.
Marine collagen is from North Atlantic wild caught cod, it is 100% pure and natural. Collagen also plays an essential role, in skin, hair and nails, joints, muscles and tendons and the digestive system. I recommend my clients have one dessertspoon of Marine Collagen in their daily smoothie. It is tasteless. There are not many areas where a good quality collagen is not beneficial, but this is especially the case in menopause, where gut integrity for accurate hormone production becomes more important as well.
Symptoms of declining progesterone levels in men can include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Reduced sex drive
- Shrinking Testicles
- Loss of armpit and public hair
- Hot flushes
- Low or zero sperm count
- Decrease in energy levels
- Low concentration levels
- Depressed mood
- Enlarged breast tissue
- Weight gain
- Decrease in muscle strength and mass
Healthy Sex: Essential Products
Tongkat ali is one of the most popular herbal remedies in traditional folk medicine because of its purported benefits for sexual health. It’s touted as a remedy for erectile dysfunction (ED), low sex drive, and male infertility. The herbal supplement is also said to improve physical fitness, boost mood and promote bone health.
Erectile Dysfunction and Libido. A 2021 double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trial published in Maturitas found improvements in erectile function in older men with erectile dysfunction and low testosterone when they combined regular workouts (60 minutes of progressive training three days a week) with a tongkat ali (Eurycoma longifolia) supplement. These men also had an increase in testosterone levels.
Tongkat Ali is a natural supplement that helps to regulate and restore testosterone levels. It does not produce more testosterone than your body requires, bur rather increase it to normal or optimal levels.
Several studies have shown that Tongkat Ali can boost free testosterone, total testosterone, DHT and DHEA in both men and women. The average increase in free testosterone ranges from 15% to 37% over a period of 4-12 weeks, depending on the dosage and age.
Please note underlying adrenal fatigue, low kidney energy, thyroid issues, the emotional and stress etc are not treated by the above products. Please book in an appointment with Miriam Young if you need support and require holistic support.
Zinc is an essential mineral that supports the immune system, digestive system, cellular growth and development, and more. This certified organic, liquid formula contains zinc derived from guava leaves, enhanced with Energized Trace Minerals for increased bioavailability.
- Boosts your Immune System and Promotes Hormone Balance.
- Supports normal blood sugar. Zinc promotes normal levels of insulin, which helps regulate blood sugar.
- Quickens Healing: Zinc is essential for healthy cell growth and it’s a must for people who are active.
- Makes Skin Glow: Zinc works from the inside out, encouraging healthy-looking skin and a radiant complexion.
- Boosts Sexual Health: Stable and balanced hormones support sexual stamina and a healthy libido.
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- Encourages Healthy Cell Development.
- Our zinc is extracted from certified organic guava leaves. The plant-based formula provides more of zinc’s amazing benefits than other supplements that contain lesser forms of the mineral.