Recommendations for Low Libido
A loss or decrease in libido can occur for many reasons. Both emotional and physical factors can affect your sex drive.
- Look for ways to reduce stress in your life.
- Make sure to eat a balanced diet.
- Supplemental vitamins and minerals.
- Avoid low fat diets.
- Use Bioidentical Progesterone Cream to balance hormone levels.
Hormonal imbalance is a common cause of low libido. When progesterone levels decline, the result is too much estrogen in the body relative to progesterone and the onset of symptoms associated with “estrogen dominance,” such as decreased sex drive, insomnia, irregular periods, bloating, breast swelling and mood swings.
Natural progesterone cream is especially helpful because it’s a precursor to testosterone, cortisol, and estrogen. The body can use it as a building block, to convert it into the derivative hormones it needs, when needed. The conversion may be relatively quick or it may take a month or more, but the resulting hormone balance will be long lasting.
Progestins such as medroxyprogesterone, seem to have a dampening effect on sex drive in women. In fact, medroxyprogesterone, the most commonly used synthetic progesterone (prempro), is also used to reduce sex drive in male sex offenders. Medroxyprogesterone is also a common ingredient in birth control pills.
Many women in perimenopause do not have enough testosterone. Testosterone affects interest, arousal, sexual response, and orgasm.
Supplemental testosterone may or may not be needed. Our adrenal glands produce a little and also our body can convert progesterone to testosterone at times. Testosterone comes primarily from your ovaries, both directly and indirectly via their production of progesterone, which serves as a building block for many hormones, including testosterone. DHEA, a hormone from the adrenal glands, also partly converts into testosterone, and stress diverts DHEA into cortisol instead of testosterone. All of these hormones have their beginning as cholesterol, another reason fat-free diets should be avoided.
Women who have had a total hysterectomy ( both uterus and ovaries were removed), most often have very low levels of testosterone. Even women who keep their ovaries may suffer this outcome post-hysterectomy, as the surgery compromises ovarian circulation in over half the cases. Since nearly one in four women enter menopause as a result of surgery or medical treatment that causes their ovaries to lose normal function, this creates sexual issues for millions of women.
If you find you are having some trouble with a lower libido, less energy, and less clarity of thinking after trying progesterone for more than two months, it may be necessary to try a testosterone supplement. You should have your hormone levels tested before going on prescription testosterone.
Falling estrogen levels during perimenopause can create dryness, and thinning in the vaginal and urethral tissues, resulting in the production of less moisture and painful intercourse. Some recommendations are:
- Try using vaginal lubricant during intercourse.
- Avoid antihistamines as they dry out mucus membranes.
- Topical estrogen cream, vitamin E suppositories.
- increase use of phytoestrogens such as soy.
- The popular menopausal herbs black cohosh and red clover can also alleviate dryness.
Make sure to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is one of the simplest ways to keep your mucous membranes healthy and moist.
Stress is can be an important factor. Look for way to reduce stress in your life. Try changing your routine. Look for new ways to express yourself. Work on unresolved problems. Give more time to yourself.
Hormonal imbalance can be caused by nutritional deficiencies and dieting. Make sure to eat a balanced diet. Stay away from low fat diets. Your body needs lipids to make hormones, including testosterone which is important for sexual response.
Dietary changes, nutritional supplements and natural progesterone cream are all important factors in treating vaginal dryness. Remember, your body can make adequate estrogen from secondary production sites despite the decline in production by your ovaries, provided it’s given adequate support.