WARNING: IF YOU ARE MY OFFSPRING, SIBLING, PARENT OR IN-LAW YOU MAY WANT TO STOP READING THIS BLOG POST. TODAY’S TOPIC CONTAINS A FRANK, BUT NOT EXPLICIT, DESCRIPTION OF MY SEXUAL FUNCTIONING. IT MAY BE TMI FOR YOU.
Today’s post will discuss some differences I have noted in my sexual functioning since starting Paleo. I felt it might be too distressing for my offspring to read since they all believe the Immaculate Conception is a miracle that occurred four times.
I am a post-menopausal woman. I have officially been post-menopausal for a year, but before that there were 3-4 years of peri-menopausal delights leading up to the big event. Changes in sexual function and libido are commonly reported during menopause. When I experienced these changes, I wasn’t pleased, but I chalked it up to normal aging.
It’s actually been quite a significant change for me. All my life, for as long as I can remember, I have been sexually responsive. I was not one of those women who had difficulty achieving orgasm. It really didn’t take much. I could rock my world by hanging on the jungle gym in elementary school, while exercising, etc. When I hit puberty and discovered there was an activity with the sole purpose of creating “that” feeling I was an eager and willing participant.
When the Menopause Fairy (my BFF, She-ra created the concept of the MF. I am borrowing it to illustrate some points in this post) began coming around, I noticed that it was taking some focus on my part to have an orgasm. This was a foreign concept for me. Normally when TMOTH (The Man of the House) and I started cavorting I was almost instantly catapulted into a near orgasmic experience. It was becoming a lot of work for me to have my world rocked. TMOTH was the attentive, giving lover that he has always been, but my body was not responding in the way it used to.
The reality of life is that both TMOTH and I work full time. We are often busy doing things in the evening. When we go to bed and start thinking about getting frisky, it’s at the end of a long day. I enjoy our playtime a lot, but I was finding that most nights I just didn’t want to expend the energy and focus it required for me to have an orgasm. I was enjoying the closeness and the connection, but my world was not rocking the way it used to.
I started following a Paleo lifestyle 2 months ago. About 2 weeks into it, I noticed that my vaginal secretions were at a level I hadn’t seen since the MF came to town. At the time I wondered if this was due to upping fat and/or protein. It’s something I’d like to research, but I work full-time and haven’t gotten to it yet.
About 6 weeks ago, TMOTH and I retired to our Paleo Love Den (blackout curtains on the windows, all electronics covered, door open for cool air inflow). We started cavorting. I was tired, and decided I’d just enjoy the closeness and not do the work required for the orgasm. All of a sudden SHAZAM I was slammed into a near orgasmic state. There was no extra focus required. The first time this happened, I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t really think anything of it at the time. However, this has happened every time TMOTH and I have gotten busy since then. I feel like I’ve recovered from an illness.
On Robb Wolf’s Forum and Mark’s Daily Apple I have seen posts from people claiming that their sex lives have been enhanced and their libido has increased since going Paleo. I didn’t really pay very much attention to these claims since most of them came from young men. The women who reported increased libido were not menopausal. I had accepted my issues as a normal part of menopause and aging. Apparently they were not.
I do not have any idea what mechanism caused this change. I do not really care. The Paleo diet focuses on good nutritional content. It is also anti-inflammatory. Somehow this has boosted my hormones in a very positive way. I plan to enjoy it for as long as it lasts.
NOTE: IF ANY OF MY OFFSPRING IGNORED MY WARNING AND READ THIS POST ANYWAY, I DO NOT WANT TO KNOW. DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL ME TO COMPLAIN THAT I SCARRED YOU FOR LIFE. YOU WERE WARNED.