Revitalizing Libido:

Strategies for Men and Women

A thriving sexual life is an essential component of overall well-being. For many individuals, the issue of low libido can cast a shadow over this vital aspect of life. Addressing low libido is crucial for maintaining a healthy and satisfying sex life. In this blog, you can explore natural and medical solutions to enhance and restore sexual vitality in both men and women.

Understanding the Causes of Low Libido

Before diving into solutions, you must recognize the diverse factors contributing to low libido. Physical issues, include:

  • Low testosterone,
  • Medication side effects
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Inadequate exercise

Psychological factors for low libido include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Relationship issues

Natural Strategies to Boost Libido

Here are some natural strategies to increase libido in women as well as men, including:

  • Manage Anxiety

High anxiety levels can act as a significant barrier to sexual functioning and libido. Practicing good sleep hygiene, engaging in regular exercise, and seeking therapy are effective ways to manage anxiety and boost mental health.

  • Improve Relationship Quality

Focusing on improving the quality of the relationship can enhance both partners’ sex drive. Activities like planning date nights, open communication, and spending quality time together contribute to a healthier, intimate connection.

  • Get Good-Quality Sleep

Quality sleep is linked to improved mood and energy levels, with research suggesting a positive correlation between sleep and sexual desire. Adequate rest contributes to an overall sense of well-being.

  • Eat a Nutritious Diet

A balanced and nutritious diet promotes good circulation and heart health, crucial for physical and sexual functioning. A diet rich in vegetables, low in sugar, and high in lean proteins can prevent disorders affecting libido.

Medical Solutions for Libido Enhancement

Some medical solutions to enhance libido in men and women:

  • Testosterone Treatment

In men, declining testosterone levels with age can impact libido. Testosterone treatment is a safe and effective solution to increase libido. However, in women, caution is advised as the use of testosterone treatment may come with potential side effects like unwanted hair growth. Hence, always consult your functional medicine doctor prior to using testesterone replacement therapy.

  • Supplementations

Some other supplements are known to improve libido. Maca and cocoa extract are known for boosting libido, but it takes at least a week of taking them regularly to see results. Maca, in particular, might take up to two months to work fully. Research has also suggested that Maca could be beneficial for postmenopausal women, who are often overlooked in libido enhancement studies. [1]

Conclusion

Addressing low libido requires a comprehensive approach that considers both natural and medical strategies. Meditation, and herbal remedies can provide a foundation for improving psychological well-being and stimulating hormonal balance. Medical interventions offer additional options, but careful consideration of potential side effects is essential. Consulting with healthcare professionals can help individuals tailor a strategy that suits their unique needs, ultimately revitalizing libido and fostering a fulfilling sexual life.

References:

  1. Gonzales-Arimborgo C, Yupanqui I, Montero E, Alarcón-Yaquetto DE, Zevallos-Concha A, Caballero L, Gasco M, Zhao J, Khan IA, Gonzales GFAcceptability, Safety, and Efficacy of Oral Administration of Extracts of Black or Red Maca (Lepidium meyenii) in Adult Human Subjects: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled StudyPharmaceuticals (Basel).(2016 Aug 18)
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Author:
Dr. Shirley Koeh
Date:
04 September 2023