Being able to enjoy sexual intimacy, including the experience of deeply satisfying orgasms, are the right of every woman. Even up to the 8th decade of life, women are meant to feel comfortable, confident and sexy. Just before and as they enter menopause, many women find that their appetite for sex decreases. This is often chalked up to low hormones, but vaginal dryness and vaginal pain are hidden yet common culprits of low sexual desire in women.
For those that are hesitant to use hormone replacement therapy, whether systemic therapy found in pills or more local treatments such as creams, gels and suppositories, there is a drug-free way to rejuvenate the sex drive and sensual vitality: acupuncture.
Though no one knows the precise origins of acupuncture, most scholars agree that it first arose in China thousands of years ago. Although it is a medical practice commonly known to relieve pain and improve overall well-being, few women — in the West, at least — know that acupuncture is actually an effective method for enhancing and boosting sexual health.
There was a time when I, too, overlooked the significance of acupuncture in aiding sexual health. As I wrote in The Orgasm Prescription for Women: “When I began my training in acupuncture nearly two decades ago, I was astounded to learn that menopause does not have the same dreaded effects [low sexual desire, vaginal dryness, vaginal atrophy, and so on] on women in China.
“Studies show that 75% of American women experience noticeable menopausal discomfort, while only 10% of Asian women complain of such symptoms.”
This is encouraging to many of my clients who had nearly given up on the idea of enjoying satisfying sexual relationships as they age. As it turns out, there’s a sound scientific basis for how acupuncture treatment can prove to be a boon for women entering menopause and who are worried that their sex lives will take a major hit. I discuss acupuncture in greater detail in The Orgasm Prescription, but here I will briefly summarize the scientific studies that suggest a positive role for acupuncture in female sexual health.
All of this really goes to show that if you’ve found sex to be increasingly uncomfortable because of pain, vaginal dryness, and low desire, the solution doesn’t have to be a “pink Viagra” or some other sort of synthetic drug. Instead, natural healing approaches can be used to give you the sex life you want — the kind of “orgasmic lifestyle” where you get to celebrate your pleasure, instead of shunning sex.
May you continually thrive with sensual vitality,
About Dr. Pennington
Andrea Pennington, MD, C.Ac. is an integrative physician, licensed acupuncturist and sex educator who specializes in mindfulness meditation and positive psychology. Download the first chapter of her book, The Orgasm Prescription for Women, for free by visiting www.OrgasmPrescription.com. Dr. Pennington’s research and treatment of pain, addiction and eating disorders led to the creation of the Attunement Meditation Process and a self-love curriculum as presented in multiple TEDx presentations and taught at the International University of Monaco. Visit her online at www.AndreaPennington.com and www.SensualVitality.tv
Originally published at www.huffingtonpost.com on January 16, 2017.
Originally published at medium.com