Have you been on the hormonal rollercoaster many of us call pregnancy and child birth? Is your life filled with more stressful days than not? Are you carrying a little extra weight because you’re not eating as healthy as you know you should be?
Did you know that these are all factors that can contribute to lowering your libido? It’s very common for people to experience a change in their libido when their bodies are in fluctuation or not in optimal health. Here are a few other factors that can affect your libido:
- Lack of sleep – can cause low energy, fatigue and sleepiness, leading to decreased libido
- Sleep apnea in men is associated with low testosterone and low libido
- Sleepiness make people more vulnerable to tension, anxiety, and stress making them grumpy and affecting personal relationships
Treatment options: Valerian, Passionflower, Melatonin, Magnesium
- Spikes in insulin and insulin resistance due to eating too much sugar creates a hormonal imbalance causing decreased libido
- Testosterone – excessive sugar decreases testosterone levels causing lowered libido, increased belly fat and decreased muscle mass in men; and in women, low testosterone can reduce libido, cause increased body fat and low muscle mass
- Increases your blood sugar, then insulin lowers it leading to hunger, cravings and fatigue
Treatment options: AVOID sugar, Chromium Picolinate, green tea extract, Gymnema
- Hypothyroid can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, depression and weight gain which also causes a decrease in libido
- Women approaching menopause will typically experience a decrease in estrogen which leads to loss of libido
- Women during pregnancy and after child birth will have fluctuating hormones causing possible increase and decrease in libido
Treatment options: – Tribulus, zinc, I-3-C, Maca, Vitamin D, Omega-3, Fenugreek
- Prolonged elevated cortisol (chronic stress) blocks testosterones effect on the body thereby decreasing libido
- Impacts our pituitary gland, which controls the thyroid, adrenal glands and ovaries thus adversely affecting fertility and menstrual cycles
Treatment options: B-complex, Rhodiola, Omega-3, L-theanine, Phosphatidylserine, Astragalus
Other factors that decrease libido:
- Drinking and smoking
- Exposure to environmental toxins
- Chronic stress
- Relationship issues
Here are some general ways to start helping you get your libido back:
- Get your hormones and blood sugar levels tested to find any imbalances.
- Eat a clean, healthy diet high in vegetables, fruits and protein and AVOID sugar.
- Exercise daily for 30-45 minutes.
- Lower stress levels by using techniques such as yoga and meditation.
- Have a regular bed time routine to help sleep better and decrease fatigue.
Remember, everybody has a different reason for having a decrease in libido, and by finding YOUR underlying cause and personalized treatment, it will make you a healthier and happier person in the end.
Yours in health,
Danielle O’Connor, ND Natural Care Clinic