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.
Does thinking of sex makes you feel cringe? Does your mind wander off to trivial things during sex? Does the thought of touching your partner make you cringe? Would you want to be anywhere else during any sexual activity? Have you stopped masturbating? Do you no longer feel sexually attracted to anyone?
If you answered yes to a majority of these questions, you might be experiencing lower sex drive due to a decrease in testosterone. No worries! There are many ways to boost female libido and get right back to doing it all night long!
Hormone therapy only applies to those whose sex drive is affected by vaginal dryness resulting from the genitourinary syndrome of menopause. Hormone therapy helps to alleviate painful sex and thus may increase sexual drive. Possible hormone therapy treatments to improve female libido include:
- Estrogen Therapy: decreases discomfort during sex, restores pH-balanced, and regulates bacteria. Estrogen therapy includes but is not limited to:
- Estrogen Pill - small tablets inserted into the vagina with an applicator that releases estrogen to the body; helps with hot flashes.
- Estrogen Cream - release estrogen to body tissues.
- Estrogen Ring - release estrogen to body tissues; needs to be removed and replaced every three months;
Ospemifene: This is a tablet containing estrogen and is best for women who are not suitable for estrogen therapy. It is taken daily and helps relieve pain from sexual intercourse as a result of menopause.
Sex Education & Counseling
Before you attempt to alleviate any symptoms of a potential medical condition, always check with a qualified medical professional. Sexual drive is affected by physical and psychological elements. Therapy/counseling has been successful at addressing these various elements and effectively increasing sexual desire. Sex therapists have immense knowledge and experience to help deal with sexual drive issues. They will give you recommendations on how to increase your sex drive and implement intimacy and sexual desire. These therapists will inform you of sex education about sexual responses and other methods to increase your sexual desire. There will be recommendations about aphrodisiac food, couple exercises, reading materials, amongst other things.
Ask your doctor if the medications you are currently taking are affecting your libido. New drug prescriptions or a mix of prescribed medications may alter sex drive. Speak to them about your concerns and what the next steps should be.
Unhealthy lifestyle choices may lead to diseases that suppress sexual desires, for example, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, coronary artery, and neurological disorders. There are also sexual diseases, for example, chlamydia, gonorrhea, untreated HIV, and viral hepatitis causing erectile dysfunction in men. Furthermore, being overweight may lower self-esteem and raise body image concerns which then decreases sexual desire. So what can you start doing right now to boost your libido?
- Get regular exercise
- Actively work on loving one’s body
- Actively work on increasing self-esteem
- Eat aphrodisiac food
Get Plenty Of Rest
Being tired is an easy way to put off sex. You’re tired, have no energy, and all you want to do is sleep. So make sure you are getting your 8-hour of rest before sexy time! It can make all the difference in the world.
If you are not a smoker, then keep it that way! Smoking decreases arousal because it restricts blood flow and negatively impacts the cardiovascular system. Assuming you are a smoker and have difficulty getting in the mood, putting the cigarettes away for a few hours before sex can help you increase your sex drive. But the best method is to quit smoking altogether.
Take Herbal Supplement
Herbs like basil stimulate the senses which humans rely on for sexual stimulation. Garlic increases blood flow thus increases sexual drive. Other herbal aphrodisiacs include:
- Safed Musli
- Mondia Whitei
- Tribulus Terrestris
- Crocus sativus L.
- Myristica fragrans
- Phoenix dactylifera
- Lepidium meyenii (Maca)
- Kaempferia parviflora
- Eurycoma longifolia
- Satureja khuzestanica
- Panax ginseng
- Pausinystalia yohimbe
- Fadogia agrestis
- Montanoa tomentosa
- Terminalia catappa
- Casimiroa edulis
- Turnera diffusa