Libido, also known as sexual drive or desire varies from person to person and there is no right or wrong level. It is normal for desire to fluctuate perhaps due to changes in hormone levels, painful sex, medication, high stress levels, anxiety and or depression, your current state of health, lifestyle changes and what's happening in your relationship and in your life. Loss of libido is a loss of interest in sex or a low sex drive that is persistent and won’t go away outside of the normal fluctuations of your interest in sex. If sexual desire has reduced and you are worried by it, then there are a number of things you can do to improve natural desire. Finding a solution to the problem involves determining what seems to affect your libido and trying strategies to deal with this.
There are many natural ways to boost your libido from libido supplements containing herbs and vitamins to enhance feelings of desire, relaxation techniques, regular exercise, getting a good night’s sleep and taking the time to connect with your partner daily. Herbs and vitamins for the libido to name just a few, include damiana, horny goat weed, macuna pruriens, tribulus, korean ginseng, and vitamin A, C, E, B3, B12 and the amino acid arginine.
Conditions affecting women’s libido
- painful sex
- pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding – because of changes in hormone levels, especially the hormone prolactin
- infections – such as thrush or urinary tract infections
Conditions affecting men’s libido
- male menopause – as a man ages, his testosterone levels slowly decrease
- premature or retarded ejaculation
Where to get help
Your Doctor, Sex therapist, Psychologist, Gynaecologist, Urologist, Naturopath/Herbalist
Some medicines can cause a loss of libido. If you are concerned that your medicine is causing this, ask your doctor for a medicine review.
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