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A lot of women suffer from midlife crisis. This is usually characterized with low libido and vaginal dryness. Problems like these can put sex on the backseat. It’s hardly surprising that most women lose their desire to have sex in the middle age. An excessively dry vagina can make intercourse extremely painful. Not just this, women going through this problem experience constant burning sensation in the vagina leaving them with little desire to have sex.

Lack of sex can eventually take a toll on your relationship. After all, your man needs to be satisfied sexually and if you are not able to do so, he might look for other alternatives.

Fortunately, it is possible to get rid of this problem naturally and safely.

Here are some simple ways to get rid of menopause or vaginal dryness:

1. Boost EstrogenEstrogen Production in Your Body

One of the main causes of vaginal dryness is a drop in the production of your female sex hormone estrogen. This is the hormone that keeps walls of your vagina thick and moist. A drop in its production post menopause makes vaginal walls thin dry.

Thus, by increasing estrogen production, you can get over this problem. One of the best ways to do so is with the help of foods that are known for their estrogen boosting effects. Soy and products are the best examples of such foods. Some of the others include flaxseed, sesame seeds, chickpeas, beans, peas etc.

Moreover, you must also include essential fats in your diet since your body needs such fats for the production of hormones like estrogen and testosterone. Olives, olive oil, and fish like tuna, salmon etc. are the best sources of such fats.

2. Drink Plenty of Water

Dehydration can also cause your vagina to get dry. If you want to alleviate vaginal dryness and enhance natural lubrication, you must drink plenty of water so as to keep your body well hydrated. At the same time, avoid drinks that have caffeine in them since they can also result in dehydration.

3. Try a Natural Lubricating Gel

One of the best and most effective ways to make sex fun again without worrying about issues like low libido and menopause dryness is by using a natural lubricating gel.

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Scientists have developed a reversible male contraceptive that uses a gel with “promising results in animal trials” and will be available in two to five years.

The move will likely to change drastically the field of contraceptives where men will be actively involved in family planning and how to prevent pregnancy.

The non-hormonal method – Vasalgel – is expected to be one of other options for men to prevent pregnancy alongside vasectomy, condoms, and abstinence.

It is a water-based gel that is injected with a small needle into the tube that sperm swim through from the testicles–the vas deferens–forming a semi-permeable barrier that allows fluids such as semen (now without the sperm) to pass through, but not sperm due to their size.

This filters out the sperm that are absorbed in the body.

The gel is injected in the tube on each testicle.

This is unlike cutting and severing the duct, as it is done in vasectomy.

Dr Amir Zarrabi, a specialist in male fertility and microsurgery at the Division of Urology at Stellenbosch University said the gel can be in place for up to ten years. “The effect might not be immediate, as there are some sperms that are left in the tube and may still be there for anything between three to six weeks. Vasalgel stops the new sperms,” Dr Zarrabi told the Nation on phone.

The gel does not affect normal sexual function, he clarified.

If a man wishes to restore the flow of sperms, whether after months or years, a thin needle is once again passed into the vas deferens and an alkaline solution (like sodium bicarbonate) is injected into the tube.

This dissolves the gel and it is flushed from the duct and sperm can once again flow through the tubes unobstructed.

This reversal, though, has only been attempted in 12 rabbits.

It showed that 11 of the 12 had no sperm concentration during any measurement after implantation, while one rabbit had very low levels in a few samples. Another study with baboons is ongoing.

The findings of the study was also published in Basic & Clinical Andrology, a peer-reviewed journal.

The study revealed that rabbits had no sperm in their semen as early as 29 days post-injection and the contraceptive effect was durable throughout the 12-month study.

This method though, does not offer any protection against sexually transmitted infections such as HIV.

Already, Indonesian men have a daily male contraceptive pill, which is non-hormonal and derived from the plant Justicia gendarussa.

According to Dyan Pramesti, a researcher on the pill and a Lecturer at Airlangga University School of Medicine in Indonesia, the plant grows in Papua, the Eastern side of the Asian country.

“Our study on the effect of the ethanol extracted from the plant started 30 years back. It was used by Papuan men to have its contraceptive effect by boiling the leaves and drinking water, for immediate contraceptive effect,” she told the Nation.

The university has carried out human clinical trials that began in 2008. When given to the subjects as an oral pill, it did not kill nor affect the sperms mobility or strength.

However, according to the lecturer, the plant extracts worked by “inhibiting the function of an enzyme in the head of sperm that has a function of penetrating the egg so it does not fertilise the egg.