Low Sex Drive
What is a Low Sex Drive/Low Libido, and what causes it?
Low sex drive/low libido is an extremely common problem that affects most people at some stage in their lives, both women and men. It’s a normal part of aging, and is usually caused by a reduction in hormone levels for both men and women. The good news is, you really don’t have to live with it … there are natural solutions to the problem.
Low libido in Women—the culprits are progesterone, estrogen and testosterone
Hormonal imbalances which occur during menopause, perimenopause and PMS, commonly result in decreased sexual drive. The main hormone culprits are progesterone, estrogen and testosterone.
- In younger women (PMS), progesterone/estrogen imbalance can cause irritability, bloating, breast tenderness, and headaches/migraines all of which tend to curb libido.
- In menopausal women, estrogen deficiency causes vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse, while testosterone deficiency reduces libido, sensitivity and quality of orgasm. Other hormones, such as DHEA may also play a role in this.
- However, there are other causes that are non-hormone related including: relationship issues, anxiety-fear, acute or chronic illness, medications, etc.
Low Libido in Men-the culprit usually is testosterone
Loss of libido is a common symptom of Andropause and is most often related to decreased testosterone levels. Just as testosterone can cause erectile dysfunction in men, it also can be the main cause of a low sex drive. A man’s desire for sex starts with the release of testosterone which reacts and stimulates receptors in the brain to release nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes the muscles of the penis, and allows blood to flow for an erection.
The reduction of testosterone levels as a man ages results in a reduced level of hormones available to stimulate the brain and induce sexual desire, and can cause erectile dysfunction. Without adequate testosterone, low sex drive in men is common.
Other causes of low libido in men
There are many lifestyle issues that can reduce a man’s desire for sex, including lack of proper nutrition, fitness levels, smoking and alcohol use. Regular exercise and eating a healthy diet contribute to better blood flow, and in turn increase sexual drive and performance. Also, high levels of the hormone estrogen can have an effect on your libido as well.
Of course relationship issues can be a strong factor as well, and having a good relationship with your spouse or partner is also an important part of the puzzle.
Treatment for a low libido
Our treatments involve the use of natural bio-identical hormone therapy given by the most natural routes and with strict monitoring. We avoid using artificial hormones (prescription drugs) which may relieve hot flashes but are known to increase risk of: heart attack, stroke and breast cancer.
Once existing hormone levels in your blood are measured and deficiencies are identified, treatment begins to replenish and balance your hormones. Our treatment protocols, backed by scientific research, have been designed to avoid risks while relieving symptoms and providing renewed vigor and vitality.
Symptoms from menopause, perimenopause, PMS and Andropause are relieved with restoration of your natural hormone balance. Most patients notice significantly improved libido after that balance is restored. Schedule your consultation today and learn more about how bio-identical hormone therapy can help you.
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“My energy level increased. I became less irritable and cranky. I was finally able to sleep through the night. Yes, I started to think about sex! Finally, I had the desire, intent, and even the energy to follow through. I finally feel as though I have the ‘zest’ that I once had years ago…I’m back!!!”
– Marie K., 43