Nov 18, 2021
Understanding the seven key areas of health and sexual health
are key to knowing what your next right step is and to unburden you
from some of the guilt, grief, and self-sabotage in your life.
Learn about the pillars of sexual health and what solutions women
can access that will go beyond just dealing with their reproductive
hormones to allow them to regain their sex life and enjoy sex
- [1:00] Dr. Anna has been practicing in the field of women’s
sexual health for years and today’s episode deals with hot topics
around sexual health, sexual function and dysfunction, and what you
need to know to have a healthy and happy sex life.
- [3:25] The vagina is essential for life and it’s vital to take
care of your vagina as you age because our physiology drives our
- [3:45] Testosterone affects our behaviour in various ways and
its use has risen and fallen in favor as a therapy over time. Dr.
Anna tells the story of a patient that was undergoing testosterone
therapy and how high testosterone could have resulted in a major
- [5:45] Physiology affects behaviour, especially when it comes
to sex. There are seven key areas of health that need to be in
place to have normal sexual function.
- [7:45] Dr. Anna’s story begins at the age of 39 when she was
diagnosed with early onset menopause and infertility. She struggled
with a number of health issues until she took a healing journey
around the world.
- [9:55] PTSD reared its ugly head around the age of 48 for Dr.
Anna and she experienced all the symptoms of menopause again. It
takes more than hormones to fix a hormone problem. There are three
additional hormones beyond the reproductive hormones that need to
be brought into balance for optimal sexual health.
- [12:50] Dr. Anna’s experience led her to try the keto diet, and
she found the ketogenic lifestyle to be very powerful in treating
and correcting her hormone imbalances. After adding in more
alkalizing foods, Dr. Anna felt sharper and more focused than
- [15:20] A research paper showed a direct correlation between
glucose metabolism in the brain and endocrine and neurological
symptoms. Glucose metabolism in the brain is an estrogen-dependent
process, but the use of ketones for fuel is not hormone
- [16:30] The keto diet is very acidic and men tend to adapt more
quickly to it due to their higher testosterone levels. Women need
to address those differences, and the keto green diet works well
for both genders.
- [18:00] On average, women in their 50’s are on two or three
- [19:25] Hot flashes were recently linked to cardiovascular
disease and cognitive decline. This is partly due to the loss of
estrogen but that’s not the whole picture. Insulin resistance is
also linked to hot flashes.
- [20:50] We as women can do it all, just not at the same time.
Research has shown that a large percentage of women over the age of
30 suffer from issues with arousal, vulva dryness, discomfort
during or after sex, or urinary leakage.
- [22:50] One of the key underlying issues of sexual dysfunction
are the underlying psychological causes. This dysfunction can then
lead to emotional and self-confidence issues.
- [24:50] Only 17% of adults discuss their sex life with their
- [25:20] There is also medication-induced sexual dysfunction.
There are a number of common medications that can have a negative
impact on your sexual health.
- [26:15] A healthy vagina has an acidic pH. That acidity is the
vagina’s first line of defense and as women age the vagina tends to
become more alkaline. Gut health and vaginal health are closely
linked; if one is healthy, the other usually is too.
- [29:15] The human vagina is an underappreciated organ that is
not merely a passageway for vaginal discharge, menses, sperm, and
neonates, but can profoundly affect the health of a
- [30:45] Many women power through uncomfortable sex despite
being in pain. One of the most energetic and intimate things we can
do is have sex, and if she isn’t enjoying it, chances are he won’t
- [32:10] Dr. Anna breaks down the case of a patient experiencing
a variety of sexual health issues and what their treatment
- [34:55] Studies looking at the effects of vaginal DHEA found
considerable hormonal benefits.
- [39:30] Estrogen replacement therapies were found in studies to
not have any negative effects in cancer patients when compared to
- [42:05] Another of Dr. Anna’s clients was having trouble with
orgasm. After Dr. Anna worked with her on the seven areas of sexual
health and with focused therapies, she was able to regain the
ability to orgasm.
- [43:25] About 10%-15% or women never achieve climax. Up to 75%
of women never experience climax through intercourse. This
emphasizes the differences between climax and orgasm and why it’s
important to communicate with your partner about the experience.
The female sexual experience is also more complicated than a
- [47:20] Reproductive hormones play a role, but cortisol,
adrenaline, and insulin also have major impacts on sexual health.
If you’re stressed, you can be eating the best food and your urine
pH will still be acidic because of the cortisol. This is why the
oxytocin/love hormone is one of the most powerful.
- [48:30] Orgasm is one of the best ways to increase oxytocin,
and oxytocin comes with a number of benefits including anti-aging
effects, pleasure, happiness, appetite and pain reduction, and
- [49:35] We need a whole body approach to sexual health. It’s
not just about testosterone.
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