As much as there isn’t yet a little blue pill to increase sex drive in women, there are things you can do to boost your libido!
The first step is to recognize what’s holding it back- what is blocking you from being willing to be intimate.
Some factors might include stress, constant arguments with your partner, medication, lack of sleep, kids, pain during sex, negative body image, and chronic body pain.
When you find out and address the issue, you will be on the path to boosting your libido.
With this in mind, this article explains the challenges that cause low libido in women and the seven important truths that will blow your mind on fixing low libido in women. Keep reading to find out!
1. Hormones Play an Important Role.
The thyroid hormone controls how your body utilizes energy. Many body processes can slow down if you have low thyroid hormone levels. Low levels of this hormone may lead to low sex drive with other symptoms, including fatigue and weight gain.
Additionally, hypothyroidism can elevate the production of the prolactin hormone. Higher than normal prolactin levels can contribute to vaginal dryness, making sex painful.
Fortunately, you can revive hypothyroid libido by seeing a doctor to determine the cause of sexual dysfunction. After finding out, the following sexual health tips will help you revive hypothyroid libido:
- Use the thyroid hormone replacement medications that your doctor will recommend.
- Maintain a healthy weight- when you lose weight, the thyroid imbalance can restore itself and boost your self-esteem. This may help to revive your interest in sexual activity.
- Feed your adrenals with Vitamin C, B Vitamins, and Magnesium
- Use adaptogenic herbs like Eleutherococcus, Rheidol, Holy Basil, and others.
- Get enough sleep for hormonal balance.
Truth: Good hormone balance will improve a low sex drive.
2. Birth Control Could Be Interfering
Hormonal birth control like pills, shots, patches, implants, or hormonal IUD may lead to low sex drive because they add new hormones to your system.
Some birth controls are a combination method because they carry male and female hormones, but not all do. These birth control pills prevent you from ovulating and prevent your ovaries from making additional hormones, including testosterone. Other side effects include low sex drive.
In this case, here are a few solutions you might consider to fix low libido:
- Switching to the mini-pill – in simple terms, take a birth control method with fewer hormones for less disruption of your body’s hormonal balance.
- Choose to use a nonhormonal birth control method- you can use diaphragms, condoms, cervical caps, or a copper IUD.
Truth: Use low to no hormone-inducing birth control pills. Speak to your doctor, and remember that your hormones may take some time to balance out after switching.
3. Stress Lowers Your Libido
The irony is that sex can be a great stress reliever, but stress can also make you feel disconnected from your partner and your body.
Stress is known as a brake because it slows down your sex drive. To restore libido, you need to get rid of anxiety in your life in a safe and healthy way.
You can deal with stress in different ways. For example:
- Get time alone with your partner by sending the kids off to the grandparents.
- Take turns sensually massaging one another. This is a great form of foreplay and a way to relax.
- Reduce obligations at school, home, or work, and find ways to make them less stressful.
- Take on meditation or yoga to help relieve stress.
- You may also need to seek professional help. For example, therapy and medication can help if you struggle with anxiety.
Truth: The more relaxed and stress-free you are, the better and more energetic you are.
4. Medical Conditions and Treatment Cause Low libido
Low sex drive may stem from a medical condition. If you have an undiagnosed condition and reporting a low sex drive to your doctor may help diagnosis.
On the other hand, you may have received a diagnosis, but you did not realize that low sex drive came along with that diagnosis because doctors do not always emphasize sexual health.
Some diseases and conditions that can impact libido are:
- Sleep apnea
- High blood pressure
- Multiple sclerosis
- Mood disorders
- Lack of androgens
- Renal failure
- Hyperprolactinemia (an excess of prolactin)
- Coronary artery disease
You can receive treatment for any of these conditions. However, some treatments for these conditions can spell bad news for your libido.
For example, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are an example of a treatment category that can contribute to lowered libido. Similarly, medications that lower blood pressure can reduce blood flow in your genitals.
Additionally, mental conditions from being unwell, like depression, also contribute to a low sex drive. Additionally, poor health will lead to a lack of energy that is needed to do anything, let alone have sex.
Truth: To restore libido, talk to your doctor for advice and some sexual health tips. Also, discuss the option of switching medication if you’ve noticed that you’ve had a low sex drive since you started the new medication.
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5. Poor Health Habits Can Poor Sex Drive
There are many unhealthy habits that can prevent you from getting in the mood for sex. For instance, having a glass of wine may loosen some people just enough to enjoy sex.
However, too many glasses of wine (and any alcohol) may make you have no desire for sex or end up having sloppy sex that is not fulfilling to you or your partner.
Studies show that smoking also makes women have less sexual sensation and feel less aroused. This is because nicotine narrows the blood vessels making it harder for blood to cause arousal.
Abusing drugs may have a similar effect. Additionally, if you have a habit of skipping sleep or you don’t sleep for 7-8 hours, you are likely to have a low sex drive. Having a regular good night’s rest is one of the key factors of a healthy sex drive.
Lastly, eat foods that can increase your sex drive. These include fruits like watermelon, apples, bananas, and vegetables like avocado, ginger, beetroot, and more. With regular exercise and a healthy diet, you will be able to fix low libido.
Truth: Sleep, healthy eating, exercise, and avoidance of drugs are key to having a great sex drive.
6. Poor Body Image Issues
Unfortunately, women suffer shame for how they look, causing self-esteem issues that affect their sex drive. This may come from poor body image and receiving negative and shaming messages about your body when growing up.
Other issues are caused by constantly comparing yourself and filling your mind with images of perfect women and men from the entertainment world. It’s best not to compare yourself to images that are computer edited to make them look flawless.
Keep in mind that your partner chose you, and he is attracted to you, no matter your body shape. Like they say, ‘Beauty is really in the eye of the beholder.’
Here’s what you can do to feel better about yourself and restore your libido:
- Invest in lingerie and sexy sleepwear to make you feel sexy. This can increase your sex drive!
- Try snapping a few sexy selfies and sending them to your lover or hiring a photographer to do a boudoir shoot. Both of these can be real confidence boosters!
- To overcome body issues and fix low libido, it’s important to know that you are not broken and that your relationship isn’t broken. If you are willing to spend some time journaling on your beliefs, emotions, and experiences around this topic, you will start to deal with your emotional issues.
- Most importantly, try not to concentrate on how you look during sex and focus on how you feel and the things you can do to make your partner feel good.
Truth: Correct your negative body image. You can feel beautiful and boost your libido with some help.
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7. You Have Trauma to Work past
In the past, traumatic sexual experiences like rape and sexual assault may have occurred and caused a low sex drive.
No matter how “minor” I was, it was not your fault. It may be difficult to deal with your assault if you have never admitted it to someone.
If you speak with a professional, it can help. You can start by letting your partner know about your past, and he may be willing to help you work through it.
Truth: Seek professional help to overcome past sexual trauma.
Low libido can be caused by a variety of factors, both physical and emotional. If you’re experiencing low libido, it’s important to see a doctor find the root cause. Once the cause is identified, there are many ways to treat it. Sometimes lifestyle changes or therapy can help resolve the problem. If you have experienced the same, share your experiences below – we’d love to learn from you!