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Sex Drive, Lust, Libido

Some of the factors that regulate sex drive are:

  1. Ovulation and the hormonal changes that accompany it in females
  2. Hormone balance, healthy estrogen, progesterone, DHEAs and testosterone levels are important for a healthy sex drive
  3. Pheromones – birth control pill use may alter normal production of pheromones that would normally signal fertility and initiate intercourse
  4. Stress or hectic lifestyles – high stress inhibits sex drive and busy lifestyles leave little time for intimacy
  5. Dysfunctional relationships – relationship issues can lead to a lack of intimacy
  6. Menopause or andropause – the decline in reproductive hormones that accompanies these conditions can make intercourse less desirable, less physically possible and even painful
  7. Lack of sleep

What is the naturopathic treatment for low sex drive?

  1. Address hormone balance through diet, exercise, enhancing liver detoxification, supporting normal ovulation and healthy progesterone production.
  2. Support the endocrine system – adrenal glands, thyroid, pituitary, ovaries/testes
  3. Stress reduction
  4. Relationship counselling – enhance the romance
  5. Optimize the function of the endocrine glands at menopause/andropause for long term healthy hormone production
  6. Get more sleep

Blood tests that may help determine the cause of low sex drive:

estradiol (day 3 for women), progesterone (day 21 for women), DHEAs, testosterone – free and total, TSH, free T3, free T4, prolactin