WOMEN’S INTIMATE WELLNESS
“A woman’s health is her capital” says Harriet Beecher Stowe, a famous American author. Women’s health should be hormonally balanced and holistic in nature. Women’s intimate wellness refers to their mental, physical, emotional and hormonal wellbeing. Women prioritize family needs, work/career and busy schedules over healthy lifestyle and habits. Women in general are hesitant to discuss hormonal imbalances and related female problems. It is not right to suffer in silence when help is just a call away these days. It is advisable to reach out to the right professional.
HEALTH ISSUES AND SYMPTOMS
Let’s have a look at the various health issues women face due to hormonal imbalances.
- Menstrual disorders
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD)
- Dyspareunia or painful sexual intercourse
- Vaginismus (fear of painful sex)
- Mood swings/Irritability
The symptoms of the above-mentioned hormonal disorders are:
- Irregular periods, heavy bleeding, painful periods (Dysmenorrhoea), Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- PCOS/PCOD, Vaginitis (inflammation in the vagina), Infertility
Genetic and/or lifestyle habits
- Obesity, Infertility
The transition starts between ages 40 and 50 for women. The body starts showing symptoms that affect both physical and mental health. This hormonal transitional stage when there’s a significant decline in estrogen levels is termed menopause. The few symptoms of menopause include the following but not restricted to:
- Mood swings/irritability
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Reduced sleep
- Irregular periods
- Lower libido
- Weight gain
- Dizzy spells
These factors affect the mental, physical and emotional well-being of women. When all these issues affect a woman’s hormonal imbalance, her sexual wellness takes a back seat.
Sex is still a taboo topic in our society. A healthy sex life is one with a healthy sex drive with no physical, emotional and mental factors affecting it. Priorities change for women after having children. Positive body image also plays a major role in how women feel about sex. Regular check-ups, paying attention to the above said factors and hormonal health are essential.
Ayurvedic herbs that help in the overall hormonal balance and wellness of women are given below:
|Ingredients – Uses and Benefits|
|1||Shatavari – protects the reproductive system in females, helps improve insulin sensitivity, enhances fertility as well.|
|2||Ashwagandha – controls mood swings, reduces stress levels, anxiety and improves sleep. Helps with blood sugar control.|
|3||Kumkuma – improves libido and sexual vigour, stimulates digestion and prevents menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).|
|4||Shvetha Sariba – prevents vaginitis, urinary tract infections, menorrhagia.|
|5||Shunthi – improves taste and digestive strength, effectively treats chronic respiratory disorders.|
|7||Gokshura – boosts immunity and manages urinary disorders due to its diuretic property. Being an aphrodisiac it helps improve libido and boosts vitality in both men and women.|
|8||Vidari – helps reduce the symptoms of menopause and balances Vata dosha, manages blood pressure, helps reduce muscle pain and fatigue and helps reduce symptoms of flu.|
|9||Tamalaki – helps reduce urinary tract disorders and manages heavy periods.|
|10||Elaichi – acts as an aphrodisiac, enhances libido and improves sexual health.|
|11||Jaggery – relieves tiredness, helps prevent anaemia and urinary tract disorders, is a good cardiac tonic, cleanses and purifies blood.|
HOW CAN AYURVEDA HELP MAINTAIN HORMONAL BALANCE?
Ayurveda has time-tested solutions for these issues. Ayurvedic medicines/supplements made with 100% herbs when taken on a regular basis will help regularize periods, maintain hormonal balance, boost libido and improve sex life. These herbs aid in the overall well-being of women’s hormonal wellness with no side effects. A healthy lifestyle with good eating habits, regular exercise and Ayurveda go hand in hand. However, these medicines should be taken only when they are prescribed by a certified Ayurvedic practitioner.
A BALANCED APPROACH
Most women are aware of the importance of their physical, mental, emotional and hormonal well-being and the factors affecting it. But are they willing to take the step to lead a healthy life? Change can happen only when women think that their health is their responsibility. “When women take care of their health, they become their own best friend” says Maya Angelou, a poet.