This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.
Libido, aka sex drive, varies between people and is normal to change over your lifetime. Low sexual drive can occur at any age and life stage, and there are many ways to alleviate that. Many effective natural methods can boost libido and increase sexual satisfaction, including natural aphrodisiacs, stress management, herbal supplements, stress-relief practices, lifestyle and diet changes, and more.
Release the stress
Stress can affect anyone and decrease their libido, no matter how healthy they are. Women are more likely than men to experience low sex drive due to stress. High anxiety levels may also cause a loss in libido for women and men. Stress can be overwhelming, decreasing your energy level and making it harder to take pleasure in sexual activities. Many people with hectic schedules or experience stressful situations may feel extreme exhaustion, leading to a low desire for sex.
Specific lifestyle changes can help relieve stress. There are some easy methods you can do alone or as a group to release tension and ease anxiety.
To manage stress, you could try
- breathing exercises
- making time for a favorite hobby
- participating in sports activities
- eating a nutritious diet
- taking a yoga class
- working to improve relationships
- practicing tai chi
- practicing good sleep hygiene
- exercising regularly
- talking with a therapist
Consult a doctor
If you are experiencing a sudden loss of libido or painful sex and are concerned about the reasons. It is our recommendation to consult your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Your medical provider can evaluate your sexual health, determine underlying causes, whether it is a hormonal issue or side effects of medication (antidepressants or heart disease medications), and figure out treatment plans that are best suitable for you. Your doctor may recommend healthier lifestyle choices or treatment for any underlying conditions.
There are many reasons you should contact your healthcare provider for low libido, including:
- occurs without any explanation or suddenly
- Sex is painful
- experiences other symptoms like pain or high blood pressure
- occurs after starting a new medication
- occurs after having surgery
Understanding the cause of the issue affecting your sexual life will make it easier to find a solution that works for you. Do not hesitate to contact your medical provider.
Limit alcohol intake
Drinking one glass of wine can be relaxing and increase interest in having sex or becoming intimate. It is important to use alcohol in moderation, so stick to one glass of wine only. Too much alcohol (2 or more drinks) can make you too tired to have sex, inhibit orgasm, affect your ability to perform, and cause erectile dysfunction.
Eat some chocolate
Chocolate, more specifically dark chocolate, has been considered an aphrodisiac (drinks or foods that stimulate sexual drive) for many years, with studies supporting that those who eat more chocolate report lower stress and anxiety levels. Enjoying delicious chocolate may make you feel more amorous and happy, which can positively impact your sexual drive. Sex may become more enjoyable and frequent because chocolate promotes the release of serotonin, which can boost sexual desire by regulating blood flow to genital tissues.
Good sleeping habit
If you have a busy lifestyle, you might only sometimes have the time to get eight hours of beauty sleep. A hectic life can also make it challenging to make time for sex. You might be too preoccupied with life obligations (work, children, home, etc.) and feel fatigued, which can lower your libido. Research indicates and supports that good-quality sleep can energize you, improve your mood, and boost your libido.
Our other recommendations would be to
- focus on more foreplay
- stop smoking (if you smoke)
- try herbal remedies (with caution and input from your medical provider)
- work on your self-confidence
- communicate your feelings/concerns with your partner
- improve the quality of your relationship
- prioritize date nights
- eat a nutritious diet
- eat aphrodisiac foods (i.e, oysters)
- maintain a healthy weight
- exercise regularly