The desire for sex is very similar to a desire for food, in that both can be defined as a type of ‘appetite’. Just as we can have a loss of appetite for food, so can we lose our desire for sex. A low libido refers to a lack of sexual desire or interest in having sexual intercourse. While low libido can affect both sexes, it is more commonly reported in women than in men.
Sexual desire varies from person to person and desire, in most instances, depends on a range of circumstances. Sometimes a low libido is a result of underlying physical conditions, while at other times it may be linked to psychological issues or a combination of the two.
Low libido can cause a range of relationship difficulties and may also affect self esteem. For men, especially, this type of sexual dysfunction is often hard to come to terms with and is a subject not easily discussed.
Because men are usually portrayed as highly sexual individuals, lack of libido may bring about feelings of guilt, depression, anger, stress shame and low self–esteem.
Female libido or sex drive is affected by a lot of factors and issues that can be both physical as well as emotional.
Some of the factors that affects libido in women include: 1. stress, depression and fatigue 2. diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, heart condition etc., 3. certain medications such as antidepressants, blood pressure medications etc., 4. alcohol and other recreational drugs 5. hormonal changes during menopause 6. relationship issues and problems 7. childhood abuse and trauma etc.,
Factors That Can Decrease a Woman's Sex Drive, and What To Do: Hormonal imbalances brought on by pregnancy, premenstrual syndrome, menopause or the stresses of everyday life can put the kibosh on lust. Diet changes and herbal supplements are one way to make a difference:
“Omega-3’s and -6’s are very important for females because they tend to be found in phytoestrogen food sources such as flax and borage seeds and good quality soy products like miso, tempeh and naturally fermented tofu,” says Dr. Lytle. These phytoestrogens boost the female libido and help alleviate the sex drive sapping symptoms of menopause by balancing estrogen.
Wild yam supplements are another wise choice for women who yearn to reignite their ardor. This plant contains progesterone friendly phytonutrients and can address a cornucopia of woes associated with hormone deficiencies, including increased body fat, migraines, water retention, dysmenorea and, of course, loss of sex drive.
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