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Not Tonight, Dear.
If these days, you fall asleep during the 11 p.m. news
instead of in each other’s arms, there are likely physical,
mental and emotional reasons to explain it, says
Charla M. Blacker, M.D., Gynecology, Henry Ford
Center for Reproductive Medicine.
“Beginning in pre-menopause and
lasting through menopause, there may
be a reduction of testosterone, the
hormone that inspires desire. Some
medications, including antidepressants
and birth control pills, can also
decrease libido. Once a woman reaches
menopause (defined as 12 months in
a row without a menstrual period),
estrogen levels are low, and sex
may be painful. For women where comfort is an issue,
vaginal estrogen cream can help. For others, a hormone
replacement prescription may be necessary. It’s also
important to remember that women are complex creatures.
With men, libido is like an on-off switch. For women, it’s
a black box with 30 dials and levers! Everything affects it,
including stress and relationship issues. So keep the lines of
communication open with your spouse or significant other.
Talk with the doctor you’re most comfortable with, whether
it’s your personal care physician or your OB-GYN. Some
doctors are more comfortable discussing libido than others,
so pursue the matter until your questions are answered.”
Charla M.
Blacker, M.D.
Vitamin E ...
For Easy Does It
Vitamin E supports metabolism and it’s an
antioxidant that protects cells and tissues from
harm. So, you might think, the more the better,
right?
Not so fast.
For adults, the Recommended Daily Allowance
(RDA) for vitamin E is 15 mg (22.4 International
Units or IU). Most of us get close to that without
much effort. Whole grains, leafy greens, soybean,
canola, sunflower and olive oils, egg yolks, nuts
and seeds are all good dietary sources.
Researchers have found that vitamin E
supplements above 400 IU can be harmful. The
bottom line? If you’re taking a multivitamin,
choose one with a low dose of vitamin E – because
most of us get plenty of vitamin E already through
eating a balanced diet.