Enhancing Sexual Health:

Solutions for Libido Issues in Men and Women

Sexual health is a vital aspect of overall well-being. An active sexual life contributes largely to the quality of life, personal relationships, and overall health. However, fluctuations in sexual desire – termed low libido – are common among both men and women due to various factors [1].

Understanding sexual health is crucial for both men and women. A significant part of it lies with libido or sexual desire, which occasionally faces challenges due to various reasons like stress, lifestyle choices, or medical conditions.

Men often encounter issues such as erectile dysfunction (ED) while women might deal with decreased sex drive post-menopause. However, several effective solutions exist that can enhance one’s libido significantly.

Low libido, or decreased sex drive, can be the result of an array of physical issues such as hormonal imbalances, underlying illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, drug side effects including commonly prescribed medications, hypertension, and depression. Even lifestyle choices, stress, work-related pressure, and relationship difficulties. Alcohol misuse, etc[2].

For MEN:

  1. Exercise Regularly – Physical activity boosts testosterone levels leading to an increased sex drive. Start slow if new; activities like walking or swimming will also help.
  2. Balanced Diet – Include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into your meals regularly to maintain overall body vitality including the libido.
  3. Stress Management – High stress levels impact male hormones adversely affecting erections and interest in being sexually active. Try engaging in simple techniques daily like meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga.
  4. Avoid Substance Abuse– Alcoholism, binge drinking habits, and drug abuse lead to ED problems. Consider professional guidance if required to quit these addictions successfully.
  5. Medical Intervention – PDE-5 Inhibitors Like Viagra are prescribed drugs by doctors used to treat sexual problems effectively when other measures fail.

For WOMEN:

  1. Regular exercise – An active body encourages an active mental state and enhances mood positively which reflects on overall health including libido levels. Women above 45 should preferably include weight-bearing exercises in their routine for maintaining bone mass along with libido levels intact postmenopausal age.
  2. Balanced Diet– Quality nutrition helps regulate hormonal balance crucial for a good sex life. Include Nutrient-rich foods like fruits, nuts, cereals, dairy products, etc., and maintain hydration by consuming adequate water daily. Decrease intake of refined sugar and saturated fat to avoid hormonal imbalances.
  3. Hormone Therapy– With the doctor’s suggestion, testosterone therapy can be used to enhance sex drive. Post-menopausal women may consider estrogen supplements which improve vaginal dryness increasing sexual comfort and desire.
  4. Personal Lubricants – Applying these help in relieving the discomfort during intercourse caused due to vaginal dryness common post menopause, thus improving the overall sexual experience and making it more enjoyable.
  5. Professional Help– Consult a health professional or therapist for underlying psychological issues like depression and anxiety that often affect one’s libido decreasing their interest in being sexually active.

To sum up, leading an active lifestyle and keeping stress at bay play key roles in maintaining healthy libido levels. Also, include necessary clinical intervention when required under medical guidance. Prioritize your sexual health today to lead an emotionally fulfilling life tomorrow!

References:

  1. Mulligan T et al., (2006), “Prevalence Hypogonadism Men”
  2. Moreira ED Jr(2010), “Incidence Of Erectile Dysfunction: Cross-sectional Study In General Population.”
Functional medicine Malaysia doctor

Author:
Dr. Shirley Koeh
Date:
04 September 2023