If you’re experiencing a decrease in libido, you are not alone. Hormonal imbalance is the simplest cause of low libido.
People know libido as a person’s sex drive and their urge to engage in sexual activity. The number of times you have sex each week isn’t necessarily a good measure of your libido. Women skip sex for many reasons that have nothing to do with desire.
Fatigue, stress, poor body image or lack of emotional intimacy will affect a woman’s libido. Also work dilemmas, relationship challenges, family issues, caring for aging parents, and money problems can be devastating to our libidos. It’s hard to feel sexy when you’re worried about things such as the mortgage payment.
There’s a big difference between sexual desire and physical arousal. Desire (or libido) refers to your interest in sex, while arousal refers to your body’s physical response, such as vaginal lubrication or the ability to have an erection. People with higher libidos often experience an easier time getting aroused. If your sex drive has gone down, you may have a more difficult time with some of the physical aspects of arousal.
Certain prescription medications like blood pressure medications, chemotherapy drugs, and antidepressants will deeply affect the libido. Being overweight can cause sluggishness, low energy levels, a diminished libido and low self esteem.
Some women on the pill describe a lowered libido and decreased signs of sexual arousal, like less vaginal lubrication. If you feel the birth control pills are affecting your libido, perhaps another birth control pill, or an alternate method of contraception could be prescribed that may improve the way you feel.
Alcoholism and binge drinking are quite common and can cause low libido. Medical conditions can also cause sexual desire to drop off, including: anemia, fatigue, hypothyroidism, diabetes, obesity (as mentioned above), heart disease, and Kidney disease.
Many women continue to have satisfying sex during menopause and beyond. Some feel a lot sexier and have more orgasms in the postmenopausal part of their lives than ever before.
Very few of us recognize the connection between nutrition and libido. There are some lifestyle changes that you can make to enhance your libido and set yourself on the path to good health. Restrict the foods that sap your energy. Energy is vital to libido, so watch your intake of saturated fats, sugary foods, caffeine and anything that is processed.
Regular aerobic exercise and strength training can increase your stamina, improve your body image, elevate your mood and enhance your libido. Pelvic floor exercises (Kegel exercises) can improve your awareness of the muscles involved in pleasurable sexual sensations and increase your libido.