There are physical and emotional factors that affect your sex drive — and they’re interdependent. Let’s look at the physical factors first. Sometimes they’re the easiest to straighten out.
Hormonal imbalance is the simplest cause of low libido. Most often we see low libido accompanied by other common symptoms of perimenopause — hot flashes, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, and weight gain. When those women get their hormones back in balance, their desire often returns as well. (That’s what our Personal Program is designed to do.)
Stress is an enormous factor. The body naturally puts survival ahead of pleasure. Your over-burdened adrenal glands can rob your body of the building blocks it uses to make estrogen and testosterone, which are vital to desire and sexual response. Many women in the Personal Program tell us they feel surrounded by stress; they are at significant risk of adrenal fatigue.
Oftentimes the major sources of stress in our lives seem beyond our control. If you feel that’s true for you, we encourage you to explore several questions. How might you reduce the stress at its source? Can you cope with another way, or shield yourself from it? Can you compensate for it by nurturing yourself? Changes in your routines, a new form of creative self-expression, help from your partner, working on unresolved problems, time you devote to yourself — the positive effects can be profound.