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Reduced Libido

Angela Lombard Nursing Practitioner View profile

Dear W

Many thanks for your e-mail.

I am so glad that your query has come through to me. Your distress is by no means uncommon, and your situation frequently occurs with women post delivery of a baby. There are new demands to be met with a baby and having a husband to take care of as well. In a sense, it is almost like having two children! Rest assured, there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel!

I recommend the following, as my goal is to help you to feel better within yourself, to have more energy, and of course to keep both baby and husband happy :

VITA-LIFE MULTIVITAMIN by Amipro, to take as x3 capsules after breakfast in the morning. This product will help to give you more enegy and replace mineral salt deficiencies thereby combating tiredness.

LOTS OF LIBIDO by Foodstate, as x2 tablets daily after breakfast or supper.

DR. BOXALL'S SCELETIUM TORTUOSUM, as x1 capsule daily after breakfast (preferably before midday). This product is excellent in combating stress, anxiety and depression.

MAXIMOR ADVANCE FOR WOMEN, as x1 capsule with warm water 1 - 2 hours before required. Do NOT exceed more than 2 capsules within 24 hours.

I have no doubt that the above recommended products will assist you in recovering your sense of well being.

All these products can be ordered on-line via our website - your contact person is Theresa, when ordering.

I would love to know how you fare, and that you have recovered your old self again, when you have time in your busy schedule. I wish you all the best of luck!

Warmest regards


Angela Lombard Nursing Practitioner View profile

Dear M

Many thanks for your question.

To answer your query - no, you will not be safe for avoiding a possible unplanned pregnancy. Should you decide to discontinue the Trigestrel contraceptive pill, yes it is definitely advisable to make use of a barrier method like condoms.

You are always welcome to telephone me and I can work out with you exactly when your ovulation date, and high risk times of the month are - unfortunately this cannot be done now, as I have no further details from you.

You could stay on your contraceptive pill - and this is why I suggest this approach for you specifically: All pharmaceutical contraceptive pills deplete the skeletal structure of the body of essential mineral salts, like calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and other nutrients which cause a drop in libido. Lowered libido is one of many, many side effects of the contraceptive pill!

Hence my recommendation for you as follows: A good quality multivitamin is essential when on the contraceptive pill.

Take VITA LIFE by Amipro, initially as x2 capsules, 3 times a day after breakfast, lunch and supper. Swallow with water please. Do this for one week. Then reduce this dosage to x2 capsules, twice a day, again after food. Finish the course in total. The essential nutriments you have lost due to taking the contraceptive pill, need to be replaced!

Also MEGA OMEGA by the Real Thing, as x2 - 3 capsules at night, about one hour or more after dinner.

Please do the above, even if you do decide to discontinue your pill and just use condoms.

I really hope this helps you and that you feel better soon.

Warm regards


Angela Lombard Nursing Practitioner View profile

Dear C

Many thanks for your query. I sincerely apologise for the delay as I have been away on leave.

I am definitely going to help you with your situation! Let me just start off by saying that your 'problem' is very common out there, for both women and men! So, you are by no means alone, however we do need to sort it out.

To kick start you out of how you currently feel and have described, I recommend the following to assist the mood and your libido levels :

LADY'S MANTLE by Phyto Force is a tincture and balances out the hormones for a woman. Take x10 drops, 3 times a day before meals.

RHODIOLA ROSEA by Phyto Force is an adaptogen and increases physical and mental strength and endurance, it promotes stamina and lifts the mood. Take x10 drops, 3 times a day before meals. This product could alternatively be taken in capsule form, except it is formulated by Viridian and should then be taken as x1 capsule, 3 times a day with or after food.

MUIRA PUAMA by Phyto Force is an aphrodisiac. (Don't let your husband get hold of this one as it can also be taken by a man, but is powerful! This tincture also treats impotence and infertility, and might make him want to be more active!) Take x10 drops, 3 times a day before meals.

SHISANDRA BERRY by Viridian can be taken as x1 capsule, 2 - 3 times a day. This supplement is a mood lifter, energizer, and a good antioxidant thereby increasing libido.

NAT MUR TISSUE SALTS NUMBER 9 by Natura or Homeoforce can be taken as x3 celloids, 3 times a day under the tongue in a clean mouth before meals, or if you forget they are perfectly safe to have on an empty stomach. Nat Mur is an amazing tissue salt for all women - it's primary function is as a fluid regulator and helps to combat fatigue. It has other functions as well, like you will find that your skin will be softer, and your hair and nails will grow stronger.

MACA POWDER is a superfood and can be added to smoothies. This is a hormone balancing food, strenth builder and natural aphrodisiac.

HEMP POWDER and COCONUT OIL are some of the other superfoods which assist in balancing hormones.

All the above are nutritional top ups in nutritional form, looking to treat your concern.

A correct nutritional intake is essential for keeping hormones on an even keel. Wellness Warehouse has many recipe books in store. For your purpose I recommend RAWLICIOUS RECIPES FOR RADIANT HEALTH by Peter and Beryn Daniel. This is one of my personal favourites, and can be used many times over to feed a family with healthy, natural ingredients. Aphrodisiac foods and smoothies are discussed in this wonderful publication. There is also a website which you can contact for further advice : www.superfoods.co.za and they will assist you however they can.

Contraceptives and stress can also lower libido levels. You are welcome to contact me further re any potential problems with these factors.

Please let me know how you do, and that the above assisted you. All the above products can be ordered on line through Wellness Warehouse and be delivered to you. Good luck and I wish you much success!

Warmest regards


Megan (dr.) Jones Homeopath View profile

Your problem is a very common problem for many women. I would approach it from a couple of angles. Libido is a factor governed by different facets of a person, including both the state of the body (hormones, physical well-being etc.), the emotional and mental status, and environmental factors (marriage, stress etc.). All of these must be carefully considered to approach the case holistically. For proper management I would strongly recommend that you see a Homoeopath. Through homoeopathic treatment these possible imbalances can be identified and treated, as Homoeopathy treat the body, mind and emotions. In terms of support in the form of supplements, Holistix does a Low Libido formula, and I would look at a multivitamin such as Women's Multi Plus by Good Health that will provide additional support. Warm regards, Dr. Megan Jones, Registered Homoeopath

Angela Lombard Nursing Practitioner View profile

Dear A

Thank you for your question. You are very young for the age category of 20-25 years to be having a problem like this, so my initial approach is going to be a practitcal one.

Contraceptives, and in particular the pill, can cause dryness of the vagina. Any contraceptive taken should be looked at and perhaps revised for this as a possible side effect. The contraceptive pill is also listed to cause a drop in libido.

Drinking sufficient water is absolutely essential. 2 - 3 litres of filtered water daily is the correct quantity to consume.

I do suggest that you consider taking the following :

A really good multivitamin to help correct the hormonal imbalance, e.g. WOMEN'S MULTI PLUS by Goodhealth (a New Zealand product), taken as x1 tablet daily after breakfast. This product is a good all round multivitamin for a woman with your signs and symptoms.

For the dryness of the vagina, apart from drinking the correct daily quantity of water,you can use K-Y GEL, which is a personal lubricant. This can be used prior to intercourse.

Other recommended and affective products are THE BOING BOING FORMULA for the woman, by Viriya. This product needs to be taken daily for at least 2 weeks before feeling the full benefit of renewed libido.

MAXIMOR ADVANCE FOR WOMEN can be taken as x1 capsule 1-2 hours before required. There are 4 capsules in a box, and not more than x2 capsules in 24 hours.

This should really be enough for the time being, to get you going! Good luck.

Warmest regards


Megan (dr.) Jones Homeopath View profile

Low libido is a very common condition that can have a huge variety of causal factors. It sounds as though you are in good health and look after yourself. Considerations in your case include sex hormone testing, thyroid testing, current medication you may be taking, and exploring psychological causes. It would be useful to explore your stress levels and explore any correlations with the decreased libido. It may be worthwhile to consult with a homoeopath or other primary health care provider to have a thorough work-up if you see no improvements within 3 months.

Libido often falls along with testosterone levels so you could look at herbal remedies to increase testosterone levels. High estrogen levels decrease testosterone levels. A nice herb to start with is Siberian Ginseng (I recommend Solgar's) or Stinging Nettle Root.

Low Libido by Holostix is also a very nice formula combining beneficial herbs, nutrients and amino acids, which may cover more bases.

Homoeopathic remedies are also highly effective in offering you individualised treatment, covering physical, mental and emotional factors.

Warm regards, Dr. Megan Jones, Registered Homoeopath

Angela Lombard Nursing Practitioner View profile

Dear A

Thank you for your query. The medical term for painful intercourse as a result of vaginal dryness is dyspareunia. There are numerous causes for this very uncomfortable and painful condition.

To list the more common causes : Insufficient foreplay before intercourse - the vaginal area needs to be moist in order for successful intercourse to occur. It is vital to take in an adequate water intake during the day, at least 2 - 3 litres of filtered water daily so as to rehydrate all the systems of the body.

Certain pharmaceutical medicines can result is causing vaginal dryness, like the contraceptive pill.

Hormonal changes can affect the fluid levels being released from the vaginal wall.

Certain skin conditions e.g. excemas and psoriasis, where there is an inflammatory and dry process - always indicate a fluid imbalance of the body.

A thin vaginal wall can cause a lowered flow of vaginal fluid.

Certain chemotherapy medications can cause side effects of vaginal dryness causing a fluid imbalance.

I suggest that you find the specific cause for your dyspareunia, this may also involve you making an appointment to see your gynaecologist for treatment options, should it be severe.

A simple solution would be to use a lubricant like KY jelly or Astroglide to assist in lubrication before intercourse. But do discuss the other alternatives with your doctor, depending on your assessment and examination.

Warm regards


Angela Lombard Nursing Practitioner View profile

Hi there - thank you for your very sensitive query. Not having a medical history or clinical picture to go by here, my answer is as follows :

Intimacy between two individuals is an extremely intricate and very sensitive process.

It really is important to spend time with each other first in getting to know one another well, and in all aspects of what really 'turns you both on'. This includes not only the physical side of touching and caressing etc., but also the emotional and mental union that the two of you will share. As you begin to feel more and more comfortable with each other, and gain mutual respect for your different preferences, likes and dislikes, you will both find your niche with each other, and thereby become more relaxed and trusting towards each other.

I do need to mention social norms, as depending on the way you were both brought up socially, this can also affect the perception of love making as a whole. In an extreme case, frigidity can result from the idea of sexual intimacy being dirty and could be perceived as a 'guilt ridden' process - this kind of situation may require further counselling, of which I am quite prepared to see you both for. However, it is vital that you both feel comfortable with your practitioner of choice and who is qualified sufficiently and prepared to counsel along these lines.

Your main aim initially, is to communicate sensitively to each other as to what your individual expectations and needs are. Try to regard the art of love making as fun and relaxing. As the male partner, try to project out of yourself and concentrate on making your loved one as your priority, over and above yourself.

Always make sure that your environment is warm and soothing. Time, patience and care will get you both there -rarely does it just happen automatically. A man mainly centres around the physical aspects, a woman centres everything around feelings and emotions - so you need to make the effort, as suggested in all of the above.

Should there be a history of any kind of e.g. sexual abuse, endometriosis - it would be advisable to consult a medical practitioner together.

All the best of luck!

Warm regards


Yesheen (dr.) Singh Medical Doctor View profile

Thank you for your question. Orexis is a relatively new product on the “male sexual enhancement market” and as with all of the other products in this category it plays on an individuals insecurities around his own sexual performance. It does NOT claim to increase the size, i.e. length or width, of the male penis - no drug can. It does claim however to increase one’s libido as well as enhance one’s ability to get an erection, and maintain it once one has it. It does this through the use of a combination of traditional Chinese, African and South American herbs, although there is no information on the quantities or the quality of the herbs mentioned, nor on any of the other substances included in the formulation of the pill. These herbs individually have been known to provide a wide range of benefit to human physiology, including the claims made by the manufacturers of Orexis. They do this by influencing the cardiovascular system, encouraging more blood to flow through the vessels of your penis, thus enhancing the erection, and keeping it there, thus sustaining the erection. But these are just stop-gaps on a slippery slope to dis-ease.

If I come across as a bit biased it is because I see all too often men in your age group who are generally healthy but begin to have problems with the quality of their erections and think there’s something wrong with the penis. In reality the penis is simply a blood vessel with a very leaky wall and a sponge around it that soaks up the blood leaked and stretches a surrounding membrane until it is tense and “hard”, so if you have any problems with your blood vessels in general, your penis will be one of the first places where you notice it as it’s usually more accessible than your inferior vena cava for example. I read that you report not to have any illnesses, but many illness, such as hypertension, dyslipidaemia or metabolic syndrome, are present for years before one ever gets given the label and begins to manage them. These diseases are a result of a combination of shortfalls in one’s lifestyle, diet and activity level, and one should not simply treat the symptom, i.e. erectile dysfunction, with a pill that provides temporary relief, but engage with a program that identifies why you are experiencing the dysfunction and how you can healthily and sustainably go about managing the problem.

Yes, I think give this pill a try if you are experiencing problems with erectile function, but only as a short-term solution. It is certainly a better alternative to the other more chemically-based products on the market. Be careful if you have existing problems with cardiovascular disease, including hypertension, because of the effect some of the herbs have on your blood vessels as explained above. But remember that by taking a pill it will not solve the problem at it’s cause. To do that please consult your local health care practitioner for further information on how you can find out why you are experiencing this problem.

Orexis is available online through Amazon.com or directly through the official Orexis website. Both will deliver to South Africa for a fee. I am currently unaware of the company having appointed a South African agent.

Many thanks and warm regards


Megan (dr.) Jones Homeopath View profile

A difference in libido (sex drive) in a couple is a very common problem
that can place added strain on a relationship. There are so many causes
for libido problems, whether it is increased or decreased. These
include emotional, dietary, nutritional, or physiological issues. If
you are both in good health, it sounds as though this is simply a case
of having different natural drives. It is an interesting approach that
you are taking to rectify the problem and I commend you on being so
open and understanding.

The recommendation I have for you is also an
interesting choice as I feel you both need the same herbal treatment.
Agnus castus is a herbal remedy that is also known as “Chaste tree”, as
it was traditionally used by monks to reduce their libido in order to
keep their vow of celibacy. It is best known and used far more commonly
to improve a woman’s libido and fertility, thus I feel you should both
take it to reach a happy medium. It can be taken in capsule, tablet or
drop form and is usually taken 2-3 times per day.

In homoeopathic
practice, each person is thoroughly assessed and an individual remedy
is prescribed for that person with that complaint. I would encourage
you to consult with a homoeopath if the herbal treatment does not help.

Sincerely, Dr. Megan Jones, Homoeopath.

Felicia Rubin Pharmacist View profile

Your husband has a common problem & although he has pursued various options, including natural medicines, I would suggest a Urologist to confirm if any physical condition exists. If not, a clinical psycologist,or hynotherapist may be of assistance. Furthermore, 3 weeks on the latest medication is not a long time, but it depends on his full medication history, which may have an impact , ie. anti-depressants , cholesterol lowering drugs. I do agree with a change in mind set & wish you both everything of the best. When visiting teh urologist he can also investigate other methods of gaining an erection which can be both medical and mechanical.

Regards,Felicia (Senior Pharmacist and Natural Medicine Consultant, Kloof Store)

Felicia Rubin Pharmacist View profile

Zocor, is a Statin, and is used to lower cholesterol. It has a number of side effects. There is however no direct link to reduced male libido. Malaise and tiredness is recorded, which could indirectly effect libido. I would recommend you consult either with your regular physician or a urologist. Reduced libido and inadequate erections become more common with age and have a number of different causes. You should be further assessed and should be prescribed the correct medication. There are a number of allopathic and natural medicines that can definitely assist you. Regards, Felicia (Senior Pharmacist and Natural Medicine Dispensary Practitioner, Kloof Street Branch)

Felicia Rubin Pharmacist View profile

Prexum Plus is used for the treatment of essential hypertension. It contains a diuretic.
There is no known evidence that the drug has any adverse effects on the male libido.
However indirectly, low blood pressure may affect the libido, & dosage may be changed.
The regular dose is one daily. Before changing any of your heart medication you should consult with your regular physician. Regards, Felicia (Senior Pharmacist and Natural Medicine Dispensary Practitioner, Kloof Street Branch)

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