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Valentine’s Day is almost here. You and your partner may have already planned something special? Maybe you feel you don’t need a specific date to celebrate your relationship? But with a pandemic, lockdown and all the restrictions that have become a part of our daily lives, perhaps February 14th 2021 could be just the excuse to turn up the heat. A day of relaxation and love, good food, and wine. Menopause, what menopause, you might ask!

HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR DAY

1. This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, so you can relax all day if you are home alone, or with a partner. You could start the day with some meditation, yoga or other form of relaxing exercise. Ideally we would start every day l ike this, but that’s not always possible, so at l east try and plan i t for Valentine’s Day. Do i t with your partner, a chance for bonding over something together.

2. Prepare something delicious and nutritious for breakfast. We are often rushing in the morning, even in lockdown, it may be a challenge to slow down.

3. Since it’s Sunday you probably, and hopefully, don’t have to work, so spoil yourself, indulge in some self-care. You could relax in the bath, exfoliate, moisturise. Glow. Menopause can put a strain on self- confidence so don’t be afraid to dedicate some TIME to yourself today. We all know that with changing hormones during menopause your skin, hair, vagina, can all become dry. Use some hyaluronic acid, it works wonderfully (you can try S.W.A.L.K.) For vaginal health always use appropriate vaginal wash (your vaginal PH changes over the years), and perhaps even a moisturiser if you suffer from vaginal dryness. You can find my range of intimate products HERE.

4. Read a book, drink some soothing tea. Stay warm at the end of a chilly week.

5. An intimate dinner can be a special bonding experience, whoever is preparing it. There are five aphrodisiac ingredients you should include if it’s just about you and your partner! First of all, Maca, Maca is a root vegetable known as Peruvian viagra. It can have some ‘ interesting’ effects. Ginseng, a popular herb in Chinese medicine. One particular type – red ginseng – iscommonly used to treat a variety of ailments in men and women, including low libido and sexual function. Several studies have observed that red ginseng is more effective than a placebo at improving erectile function. Pistachio nuts are one of our five, a perfect appetiser with a glass of wine, or if you don’t drink alcohol, something like a sugar free Gallybird drink. Saffron, somewhere in the main course. This spice is often used as an alternative remedy to help treat depression, reduce stress and as a mood enhancer. Last but not l east we have to include chocolate. No need to explain this one!

6. But YOU are the best aphrodisiac. I know i t might sound hard as after menopause you may have gained some weight or feel your body has changed shape. Forget about it. Valentine’s Day is about love. We can be too self conscious. Have confidence in your intimacy. And you can always add something into the foreplay by using lube which will help if you are concerned at all about vaginal dryness. You can find both oil and water based lube HERE.

This Valentine’s Day celebrate love. Not just with your partner, but think about yourself too.

Menopause can be hard and often we tend to overlook our needs. For this Valentine’s Day let’s concentrate on LOVE. Therefore, on you.