Sexual Problems in Women

Low sex-drive, difficulty reaching orgasm, pre-menstrual and menopausal symptoms are very, very common in women and if you’re reading this page, I’d take a guess that you’re experiencing some of these challenges yourself.

I believe you gorgeous women are given a raw deal in the medical system when it comes to “female” issues.

Things are changing, but the medical system is still largely dominated by male energy.

As such, I don’t think your voices are heard to the extent you deserve. Palming you off with the contraceptive pill, antidepressants and HRT isn’t my idea of helping you restore your natural feminine power.

It’s my goal to change that – I am a man who loves helping women reach their full potential and once you grasp why “women’s” symptoms arise, you’ll quickly realize there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

What symptoms are we talking about?

If you’re struggling with any of the symptoms listed here, I’d like to encourage you that YOU CAN be free from them.

What’s more, it may not take very long for you to experience significant improvements in your symptoms.

Premenstrual Symptoms:

  • Mood swings (often termed PMS, or PMDD)
  • Period pains / menstrual cramps
  • Tiredness leading up to the onset of your period
  • Cyclical headaches or migraines
  • Bloating before your period
  • Painful, lumpy (fibrocystic) breasts
  • Skin symptoms such as acne
  • Heavy bleeding
  • No periods at all
  • Spotting
  • Cyclical thrush

Low sex drive and difficulty reaching orgasm can also be a part of this mish-mash of symptoms.

Menopausal Symptoms:

  • Menopausal symptoms may include hot flushes, weight gain, bloating, fatigue, vaginal dryness, feelings of depression, loss of sex drive, and more.

In addition to the common symptoms listed above, you may have been diagnosed with the following medical conditions:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Polycystic ovaries
  • Endometriosis

These can be a little more awkward to deal with and may enquire medical intervention in addition to natural healthcare methods.

Nonetheless, they can be greatly improved or eliminated with due diligence as they’re the result of too much bad stuff being in your body, combined with inadequate levels of good stuff.

A Wonderful Example of How These Symptoms Can Be Resolved

In my experience it can be really easy to end menstrual and sexual symptoms and I’d like to start with lovely example.

Ania, my ex-fiancé had an awful history of symptoms associated with her menstrual cycle, including mood swings, oily skin and acne, fatigue and serious menstrual cramps that had her rushing to the emergency room several times – they were that bad.

She’d seen several doctors, in more than one country, who’d all tried to control her symptoms using various versions of the contraceptive pill.

Nothing worked and in the end, with the most amusing of ironies, one doctor proclaimed, “You’re depressed and you need a boyfriend!”

As synchronicity would have it, that medical pearl came shortly before we met.

I helped Ania clean up her diet based on the principles I now use in the Hompes Method Basics programme.

This primarily involved helping her remove gluten, soy, vegetable oils and other problem-causing foods from her diet and learning how to keep her blood sugar levels nice and stable.

We ran some tests from the Hompes Method Testing Toolkit and found the following issues:

  • H. pylori (stomach bacterium)
  • Gluten intolerance
  • Low progesterone level during days 15-28 of her menstrual cycle
  • Low cortisol (stress hormone) level at certain times during the day

When we addressed these issues – and I am not exaggerating here – Ania’s eight years of symptoms improved significantly in 60-days (or two menstrual cycles) and were all but gone after 90-days.

All she did was fix her nutrition, get to bed on time, remove H. pylori from her digestive system and take herbal supplements to address her low cortisol and progesterone levels.

Ania’s results are by no means isolated – I’ve seen similar results with dozens of women who were experiencing menstrual or menopausal symptoms.

If you’re struggling, the key is to figure out why your symptoms are occurring, based on the Hompes Method principle of too much bad stuff, combined with inadequate good stuff, being in your body.

Stress and Sex

I have a saying that I’d like you to memorize. It’s simply that:

“Stress beats sex, every time.”

The more stress your body is under, the less interested it’s going to be in mating and reproducing.

Stress comes from a multitude of sources – it’s not just about the day-to-day things that you worry about, like money, job, family, kids, relationships, etc.

Dietary stress, combined with inflammation, represent two key groups of “physiological stressors”.

Dietary stress includes:

  • Skipping meals or leaving long gaps between sittings, which causes physiological stress by allowing your blood sugar levels to dip too low.
  • Low calorie dieting has essentially the same effect.
  • Eating foods that cause inflammation in your gut (inflammation is seen as “stress” by your body).
  • Alcohol consumption, which disrupts blood sugar levels and alters hormone balance by amplifying the effect of estrogen in your body.

Inflammatory stress includes:

  • Bad bugs such as H. pylori, parasites and Candida (note that oral thrush and vaginal thrush are both signs of Candida overgrowth).
  • Chronic deficiencies in key nutrients such as vitamins A, D and E, B-vitamins, magnesium and selenium.
  • The accumulation of toxins, and/or your liver’s inability to get rid of them through its detoxification pathways.
  • Lack of sleep, or sleeping at the wrong times. Studies have shown this increases inflammation in your body.

The stressors listed above are all align with Hompes Method philosophy of symptoms being caused by too much bad stuff being in your body, combined with inadequate good stuff.

Stress and Your Hormones

Low blood sugar, inappropriate foods, alcohol, lack of sleep, bad bugs and nutrient deficiencies, etc. are all seen as “stress” by your body.

Your brain sends signals to your adrenal glands – which sit atop each kidney – telling them to manufacture and release higher levels of stress hormones, namely cortisol and adrenaline.

These hormones are lifesavers – they help your body adapt to acute stress such as a trauma, injury, a stressful event or a short fast/famine.

Cortisol and adrenaline help your body make energy faster to escape danger, but they divert resources away from your gut, liver and reproductive organs to maximize supply to your brain, central nervous system, heart and lungs.

Here’s the Problem:

Whilst this “stress response” is incredibly helpful (life saving, in fact) during situations of acute stress, it becomes damaging if it’s switched on for longer periods of time.

When cortisol and adrenaline are produced in excess for long periods, it comes at a price. They suppress your immune function, digestion, detoxification and reproductive function, including sex drive and pleasure, menstrual function, and more.

Adrenal Fatigue

When “stress” accumulates and becomes chronic, your poor old adrenal glands can have a hard time keeping up with the demand for stress hormones.

When stress levels are high, your adrenals will tend to make a lot of cortisol. Over time, if stress is not resolved, cortisol levels and another adrenal hormone – DHEA – can begin to fall.

When cortisol and DHEA drop too low, we call it adrenal fatigue, and when the hormones bottom out completely, we call it adrenal exhaustion.

Changes in adrenal hormone levels alone can cause a wide-range of symptoms and that’s before we even consider your reproductive hormones – progesterone, estrogen and testosterone.

As you’ll see shortly, changes in adrenal hormone levels are always accompanied by changes in thyroid and reproductive hormones.

Adrenal Hormone Testing

It astonishes me that western medicine doesn’t measure adrenal / stress hormones given their documented impact on health. Instead, doctors focus almost entirely on thyroid health.

The adrenals and thyroid are intricately linked together, so measuring one set of hormones without the other is akin to only having half the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.

It’s possible to measure cortisol at four different points during the day, which shows your cortisol rhythm.

From this test you can see whether your cortisol is too high or too low at different times of the day, and whether those levels are influencing the way you feel.

In some cases, I’m able to predict how a woman feels at different times of the day simply by looking at her cortisol values (that’s not me being cocky, it’s to help you realize how useful the tests are).

How do you do the test? Well, it’s a simple saliva test that you do at home – it’s nothing complicated.

What’s more, if you have pre-menstrual symptoms, we can also look at your progesterone, estrogen and testosterone on one day between days 19-23 of your cycle, providing tremendous insight into your sex hormone balance.

Stress and Menstruation

Your menstrual cycle is a most wondrous and beautiful thing, for it provides a foundation for the creation of new human life.

Millions and millions of women struggle and suffer with symptoms related to their menstrual cycles, and in my experience few are taught how their menstrual cycle works, let alone WHY these struggles develop.

Can you explain in less than a minute how your menstrual cycle works, and why things might go wrong? Has a doctor ever explained it to you? I didn’t think so.

Worst of all, many of the women I’ve helped initially believed it was normal to have menstrual problems, citing the struggles of their family members and friends as evidence that “all women have these issues”.

Do you really think Mother Nature would bless women with a cycle of such beauty as to create new human life, whilst at the same time making that cycle a living hell?

How Your Menstrual Cycle Works

First, I’d like you to watch this video – it’s only x minutes long. By the end you’ll know exactly how your menstrual cycle works, and how stress can get the better of it, causing hormone imbalances that ultimately lead to many of the symptoms listed at the top of this page.

NARRATED VIDEO of MENSTRUAL CYCLE

Here’s how things go wrong…

Remember: Stress Beats Sex, Every Time

Stress comes in many forms – it’s not just about the stuff you get wound up about on a day-to-day basis.

Bad foods, bad bugs, bad toxins, over or under exercises, alcohol, drugs, nutrient deficiencies, exposure to electromagnetic fields and other stressors all act like straws on your camel’s back.

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The accumulation of straws or stressors on your camel’s back causes elevations in your stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.

In turn, this leads to the suppression of hormones that fuel energy production and sex drive, namely thyroid hormone, progesterone and testosterone.

Thus, when you’re under lots of stress, your hormonal scales are tipped in the favor of coping with stress rather than having sex and procreating.

Don’t worry too much about the fancy names here – just realize the green hormones are the ones need for optimal sex function as a woman.

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For great sexual function, you’re looking for ideal levels of all hormones, but among the most important are thyroid hormone, pregnenolone, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone, four of which are shown below:

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A simple saliva test performed at home can identify your cortisol, DHEA, progesterone, estrogen and testosterone levels and a simple home finger-prick blood test to check thyroid hormone levels, as you’ll see shortly.

These test markers provide a perfect starting point in terms of investigating your hormone balance.

Chemical Contraceptives

The contraceptive pill completely stops your ovulation process, which decimates natural progesterone levels in your body.

Remember, you need to ovulate to create the corpus luteum, which on day 15 or so of your menstrual cycle becomes a progesterone factor for the next week or so.

In some cases, estrogen can also drop too low, leading to sleeping problems, memory and concentration difficulties, headaches and other symptoms.

Chemical contraception can resolve one set of symptoms, but create another. It’s also quite common for a woman to feel ok on these drugs, only to find her body has moved way out of balance when she stops taking them.

Your response to taking the pill might be completely different from your sister’s or friend’s response.

Environmental Estrogens

One of the biggest concerns I have is the amount of estrogen in our environments. In some areas and in some animal species, it’s turning male animals into females, and rendering females infertile.

Chemicals used in pesticides, plastics, air fresheners, personal care and cosmetics can all increase estrogen levels in your body.

Foods such as soy, vegetable oils, tahini and flax seed oil are also highly estrogenic – they either contain estrogens, or mimic estrogen’s activity.

When you add all this to the effects of “stress”, you can easily see why so many women (and men) are walking round with hormone imbalances.

You can also see why it’s so important to consider your diet and lifestyle if you want to rebalance your hormones.

How to Resolve Women’s Menstrual and Sexual Symptoms

Remember, stress beats sex, every time. It’s the stress response that drains your sex hormones – your sex hormones don’t just spontaneously combust!

Thus, rather than spending time and money on trying to balance your sex hormones using herbal supplements or bio-identical hormones, restoration of your hormone balance requires management and removal of your individual stressors.

As you reduce or remove each stressor, you’ll enable your body to devote more energy and resources to non-stress functions such as reproduction, digestion and immune function.

This is not to say that supplements are not useful. Indeed, most women gain tons of benefit from using the right supplements as long as they’re used in the right way, and at the right time.

Testing Your Sex Hormones

As mentioned above, you can measure progesterone, estrogen and testosterone (your PETs) on a single day, along with your cortisol and DHEA levels. This is best done between days 19-22 of your menstrual cycle.

The approach is inexpensive and enables you to quickly obtain some data on which to base a healing program. I’ve found this method very effective and use it with quite a lot of my female clients.

You may not realize that it’s also possible to run a month-long hormone test that maps out progesterone, estrogen and testosterone levels right the way through your entire cycle.

This test enables you to see in great deal what’s happening with your sex hormone balance.

Women absolutely love this test, as it’s often the first time anyone has bothered to take time looking at why they don’t feel themselves.

Stress and Your Thyroid

Thyroid health is an area of medicine that bamboozles me. We know how thyroid hormones are made, and we know how they work. But for some reason, western medicine only looks at a small part of the picture.

Your butterfly-shaped thyroid gland sits at the front of your throat and produces hormones that stimulate energy production in your cells.

Every function in your body depends on energy, whether it’s thinking, digesting food, having sex, blinking, moving, detoxifying or anything else!

Thus, if your thyroid hormones, which are responsible for energy production, aren’t right, you’re not going to feel yourself.

When your body is under stress, cortisol and adrenaline actually suppress thyroid gland activity and thyroid hormone function, which can lead to a plethora of symptoms.

As thyroid hormone levels fall, you can feel or look pale, moody, depressed, tired, bloated, constipated, and your hair might even begin falling out.

Your sex drive and menstrual cycle can also be affected.

Thyroid “101”

It’s really important to understand how your thyroid works, and how its hormones operate. Once you do, you’ll realize why medical tests for thyroid function can be misleading.

  • When thyroid hormones are low in your blood, your brain sends a signal to your pituitary gland saying “tell the thyroid to make more hormones”.
  • Your pituitary responds by dispatching a hormone called TSH (“thyroid stimulating hormone”), which arrives at your thyroid gland and instructs it make more hormones.
  • The thyroid itself predominantly makes T4 hormone. Plentiful vitamin A, copper and other nutrients are needed to make this hormone. T4 isn’t wildly active in your body.
  • T4 hormone is sent into your blood and is converted into T3 hormone in your liver, peripheral cells and by certain bacteria in your gut. You need a really well nourished liver to make this process work, along with lots of selenium.
  • T3 hormone then travels round your body and acts like the key in the ignition of your cells, switching on energy production.
  • The trouble is, selenium is extremely deficient in the modern diet and I see at least 75% of my clients’ nutrient tests show up with low selenium levels.

Let’s summarize this process:

  1. Brain detects low thyroid hormones in blood.
  2. Pituitary sends TSH to tell thyroid to make hormones (docs measure this hormone – and only this hormone under usual circumstances – to gauge thyroid function).
  3. Thyroid makes mostly T4 and sends it into the blood (some docs measure this, but it’s not routine): vitamin A and copper are important for T4 production.
  4. Liver (70%), gut and many cells convert T4 into the more active T3 – good bacteria and selenium are really important here (this is hardly ever measured).

Problems at any of these four steps can result in symptoms of low thyroid function.

Thyroid Testing in Western Medicine

Medical lab testing generally focuses on one or two blood markers – TSH and sometimes T4 – to identify thyroid problems.

But it’s T3 that does the lion’s share of the work in helping your cells make energy. This makes it difficult to fathom why the medical system only tests TSH and sometimes T4.

Based on what I just told you, wouldn’t you agree it’s hard – nearly impossible – to accurately assess your thyroid function without also looking at your T3 level?

Hompes Method on Thyroid Testing

As well as running simple finger-prick blood tests at home to assess T4, T3 and TSH levels, when assessing thyroid function and energy production, I also ask you to record waking pulse and underarm temperatures on a regular basis.

Low temperature and/or pulse provide great information on thyroid health, AND whether adrenaline levels may be too high.

This combination of assessments (lab tests plus simple home measures) is a fabulous way to make sure we know what’s happening with your thyroid.

When we add salivary adrenal and sex hormone tests, we gain a clear picture of your individual hormone balance, which makes it much easier to design a programme that will recover your hormonal balance.

In fact, once we have this complete picture, it’s very hard NOT to help you rebalance your hormones and alleviate some or many of symptoms.

Why it’s Important to Look at Adrenal, Sex and Thyroid Hormones

When we look at all the possible symptoms of adrenal, thyroid and sex hormone imbalances, it’s easy to see there’s a LOT of overlap.

This isn’t surprising given the interactions between the hormones.

For example:

  • Increased cortisol may lead to decreased progesterone.
  • Increased cortisol may lead to decreased T4 and T3 thyroid hormones.
  • Excess estrogen suppresses of thyroid function.
  • Progesterone supports thyroid function.
  • Low T3 thyroid hormone may result in reduced cortisol, progesterone and testosterone.

OMG! How confusing?

Knowing and understanding how your hormones interact is a little tricky, so leave that to my team of Hompes Method practitioners and I.

We’ll help you make sense of your symptoms and hormones, and hold your hand through the process of correcting them.

How Can Hompes Method Help Improve Female Sexual Function?

As mentioned previously, the first place to start is with your food intake, eating habits and digestive health. Looking at all the possible stressors in your current lifestyle and gradually unloading them is a great starting point.

You might find that some very simple strategies have a very positive effect.

Don’t underestimate the power of simple changes to your eating and lifestyle habits as a means of improving sexual health. Diet and lifestyle can modulate your hormone system quickly and effectively.

The Hompes Method Basics online Nutrition and Lifestyle plan is a simple, but very powerful step-by-step programme to help you:

  • Remove all the bad foods from your diet that contain estrogens and amplify the effects of this hormone, such as soy and vegetable oils.
  • Remove foods that cause inflammation and raise stress hormones.
  • Use simple foods to detoxify your gut by removing estrogens and toxins.
  • Learn dozens of simple yet tasty recipes and ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks that are packed with nutrients to support your hormone system.
  • Improve your liver’s ability to process toxins, which helps to keep your hormone system in balance.
  • Avoid exposure to environmental toxins that can create inflammation, stress and hormone imbalances in your body.
  • Learn how to choose foods that contain specific nutrients that support hormone production, such as vitamin B5, vitamin E and zinc.

Hompes Method Basics is my way of sharing fifteen years’ education and experience with you in a single, online programme that’s delivered to you on your computer, wherever you are.

In essence, it’s a plan to help you overcome tricky health challenges and elevate your energy levels without the requirement for lab testing and consulting.

Click here to get started on the Hompes Method Basics health rejuvenation plan today and supercharge your sex drive and reproductive function.

Try the Hompes Method Basics programme and if it does not improve your energy inside 3-4 weeks of following the plan closely, consider that something over and above your diet and lifestyle may be draining your energy.

Looking for Deeper Causes of Sex & Reproductive Symptoms

Comprehensive Digestive Health Check

If you have bad bugs in your digestive system, they’ll cause inflammation that your body views as “stress”. Your stress hormone levels may increase, robbing your body of its sex hormones.

Furthermore, if you are not effectively digesting food and absorbing nutrients, you may develop nutrient deficiencies that affect your reproductive system.

Toxins from both good and bad digestive bugs can leak through your delicate digestive lining. These toxins interfere with hormone function and can mimic the effects of estrogen in your body.

The Comprehensive Digestive Health Check involves providing a single stool sample, which is then sent to the laboratory for analysis.

Vitamin and Mineral Status

Certain vitamins and minerals are essential for hormone production and reproductive health. Of these, zinc, copper, B vitamins, folic acid and several others are important.

The Hompes Method Testing Toolkit has several mineral tests, which we use in different situations, depending on each person’s individual situation and requirements.

Hair mineral analysis, blood tests and even a very basic liquid zinc challenge test can be very helpful in determining whether you might have mineral deficiencies.

Organic Acids

A simple urine test done first thing in the morning can tell you whether your liver is over-burdened with toxins. If this is the case, you won’t be detoxifying hormones effectively and this can lead to symptoms in your reproductive system.

B vitamins, folic acid, antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, amino acids and other nutrients are critical for detoxifying hormones, as well as hormone production/function and energy production.

The Organic Acids urine test also provides a lot of information about digestive health and whether toxins are leaking through your intestinal wall.

All these factors can affect your hormone system and ultimately, your sex drive and reproductive function.

Thyroid Hormones

People with low thyroid hormone levels, or poor thyroid hormone can experience low libido and menstrual problems.

Thyroid hormones, stress hormones and sex/reproductive hormones work together and significantly influence each other.

For example, progesterone supports thyroid function, but excess estrogen suppresses thyroid function and hormone activity.

Unfortunately, doctors often look at a hormone called TSH, but this is inadequate. In Hompes Method, we look at TSH, but also add in markers called free T4 and free T3, plus another marker called TPO.

We feel it’s impossible to accurately assess your thyroid function without a bare minimum of these four test markers, and we always place these results against your symptoms, your temperature and pulse measurements and other lab results to make sure we gain as much understanding as possible regarding what’s going on in your body.

In Hompes Method we test thyroid hormone levels using a simple finger prick blood test that can be performed at home.

Adrenal Hormones

Your adrenal glands sit atop each kidney and produce many hormones, most notably cortisol, adrenaline and DHEA. Known as “stress hormones”, they primarily help your body adapt to stress

Adrenal health plays an important role in sexual function. As discussed earlier, the more your body needs to make hormones to deal with stress, the fewer sex hormones it will generally make.

In fact, cortisol is made from progesterone, so the more cortisol your body needs, the less progesterone there will be.

DHEA, another important adrenal hormone, can be converted into both estrogens and testosterone.

Using a simple saliva test you can gain an excellent understanding of cortisol and DHEA levels.

When we combine this analysis with thyroid hormones and sex hormones – as described below – you can get a complete hormonal picture and gain a firm understanding of how your hormone imbalances may be contributing to your reproductive and sexual symptoms.

Sex and Reproductive Hormones

Your sex hormones can be assessed in the same saliva test we use for the adrenal hormones, above. Saliva samples are collected in exactly the same way as they are for the adrenal test, but we ask the lab to analyze the samples for progesterone, estrogens and testosterone (your PETs) as well as the stress hormones.

This is especially helpful if you are a man because, of course, you don’t have a menstrual cycle!

Book Your Hompes Method Health Assessment & Initial Consultation

Should you change your diet and lifestyle according to Hompes Method Basics and not experience any improvements, I recommend you seek professional help.

Many different factors can affect your hormones, nutrient status and sex/reproductive function, so I recommend you complete the Hompes Method Initial Assessment forms and schedule an initial consultation with one of our practitioners.

We will create for you a bespoke package and hold your hand through the process of:

  • Optimizing your Nutrition and Lifestyle.
  • Running the right lab tests to determine why your energy is low (what bad stuff is in your body, and what good stuff is missing?).
  • Designing specific, individualized supplement protocols to address the lab findings.
  • Supporting you with weekly one-to-one consultations for the initial 90-days of your programme.

To get started right away, click here and instantly download your Hompes Method Initial Assessment Pack.