Physical intimacy and sexual desire is essential to maintaining a strong foundation in our romantic relationships. While it’s natural for our sex life to ebb and flow, a continued disinterest in sex can also influence our self-esteem and our physical and emotional health.
Symptoms of low libido can include lack of sexual desire, difficulty becoming aroused, fatigue, and less responsiveness to sexual stimuli. Vaginal dryness, pain with intercourse and thinning of vaginal walls are symptoms that tend to be more common with women in menopause or approaching menopause.
While stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues and fatigue can also be a contributing factors to a lower libido, it’s estrogen that creates that basic drive and desire.
Estrogen and it’s metabolites tend to be the predominate hormone with diminished sex drive. Balanced levels of cortisol, thyroid, progesterone, low testosterone & DHEA as well as blood flow and adrenal health are also needed to rev up our engines.
Medications such as birth control pills can lower estrogens. Birth control pills can also lower androgens, hence their track records for reducing acne. They can also increase pain with intercourse too. What we eat as well as what we don’t eat enough of are additional causes for low estrogens. So, diets low in fats may result in lower estrogen levels and can menopause. Anti-depressants, & benzodiazepines, antihistamines, beta-blockers, opioids, and anti-seizure medications can also affect libido. Statin’s, the cholesterol lowering drug taken by millions of women can lead to lower libido.
Nutritional supplements as well as herbs and lifestyle tweaks are effective and safe ways to boost your sexy self.
Hormone regulating solutions:
For women in menopause, Maca, at 2000 mg daily is an effective choice. For women who haven't reached menopause, I generally tend to gravitate towards a more sophisticatedformula capable of stimulating the endocrine glands to produce a more balanced and natural production of estrogen, testosterone and blood flow. I have had good clinical results with Designs for Health’sLibidoStim- F:
If vaginal dryness and/or urinary incontinence is the main issue, supplementing with 400- 800 mg of acombination of alpha and gamma-tocopherols found inthe Vitamin E family will bring adequate lubrication to the vaginal walls in about 4 to 6 weeks and treat the incontinence. Reducing to 400 mg thereafter is generally sufficient to maintain elasticity and lubrication. A pure, high quality Vitamin E can be found here:
Herbs and supplements can typically take 4 to 6 weeks to note a difference.
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Women with PCOS, or long menstrual cyclesand/or hirsutism (excessive facial or body hair) should be working with their health care practitioner before supplementing on their own.
Adding2 minutes of Kegel exercises daily, will strengthen the puboccygeal muscle or PC and will result in tighter pelvic muscles and better orgasms. Now, how hot is that!