Dr. Liz Lyster is interviewed by Kimi Avary, Relationship Navigation Specialist. Dr. Liz is passionate about helping women feel like their best selves, so they can bring health and happiness to the world.
Healthy sexuality is not just a good idea; it’s actually good for your health.
In America alone, 40 million women experience sexual dysfunction. Problems can range from a low sexual desire to problems with arousal, to problems achieving orgasm. These problems can begin or worsen during and after perimenopause and menopause.
Medical illnesses, lack of sleep, and stress may be part of the problem. If sexual dysfunction is due to psychological issues then counseling can be very helpful. Also, treating underlying physical conditions – such as lack of vaginal estrogen – can often help. While depression can cause or worsen these symptoms, medications that treat depression can also cause or worsen this dysfunction (a classic case of the treatment making the situation worse!)
Now, besides the fact that sex perpetuates the species, good sex has quite a few health benefits, for both women and men:
In the working world, men have an advantage – testosterone. Not only do most men have 10 to 20 times as much testosterone as most women, it isn’t made in their adrenal glands, so their adrenals don’t get as wiped out by the same amount of stress.
In addition to perpetuating the species, sex has quite a few health benefits.
Sex protects our health. For both men and women, studies show that sexual activity has a protective effect on our health. In men, studies have shown a 50% decrease in the risk of cardiovascular mortality in men having frequent sex, as compared to the men in the study having the least frequency of sex. Studies also confirm similar findings in women, especially regarding orgasms.
… or, if God can “do over” the 10 commandments, Dr. Liz can give you her “3 Laws of Libido”!
Last week at the Golden Gate Theater, I saw “An Act of God” with Sean Hayes. It was awesome and hilarious. If you are in the Bay area, I highly recommend you try to see it this weekend before it heads back to Broadway.