What would you prefer for Valentine’s Day – a box of chocolates or improved libido?
Of all our sexual health concerns, decreased libido is often seen as frivolous and not especially important. However, having a healthy libido can make a huge difference to our quality of life. Nevertheless there are times in life when maintaining a healthy libido, and joie de vivre generally, is especially challenging. Times of great hormonal shifts, such as after giving birth or becoming perimenopausal or menopausal, often bring in negative changes in libido. Stress, sleep disturbances and fatigue also contribute to decreased libido.
Low libido may stem from multiple factors – hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances being among them. While testosterone is often thought of as the key hormone for desire and drive, it is not the only one of importance. DHEA, oestrogen and progesterone also have roles to play, affecting receptivity and mood. Also important is maintaining a balance between our different neurotransmitters – the excitatory ones and those that chill us out.
Having some salivary hormone tests can help identify imbalances and point to treatments which address them. Feeling utterly disinterested in sex can cause problems with your partner but it is also a symptom of bigger picture health imbalances which can be fairly easily addressed with herbal medicines, nutritional supplements, and perhaps some overdue dietary and lifestyle changes.
Wouldn’t it be nice to get your mojo back?