The Top 5 Reasons You’re Struggling with Low Libido
When we ask you about your libido, this is another way of asking about your overall health.
Your low libido may be the smoke signal, telling us there is a health concern that needs addressing. If there is in fact an underlying health concern simmering below the surface, the low libido is usually our first signal.
You can imagine that when you’re stressed, experiencing a hormonal imbalance, or fighting off an infection – libido is the first thing to go. Evolutionarily speaking, it is more pertinent that we allocate all available resources to fight an infection, for example, then towards efforts for reproduction. Our focus is on surviving, not reproducing during those times.
Your libido is an exceptionally useful marker of your health.
Although a lower libido may be common – maybe your girlfriends are all nodding in agreement, when mentioning that your libido has gone missing in action – it isn’t ‘normal’, from a health perspective.
Understandably, factors like age, high stress, or the monotony of long-term relationships, can all play their respective roles. What we want to ensure, is that we’re not missing an underlying health concern, that the low libido might be hinting at.
Here are 5 areas that may require further investigation into why your libido is MIA:
1. Your thyroid.
When your thyroid slows down, as in the case of hypothyroidism, your libido may as well. There are likely other symptoms you’d be experiencing, including weight changes, dips in mood, dry hair, skin and thinning nails, as well as constipation.
What about the case where your thyroid is overactive? Well, you may also be shying away from sex in that case.
In either situation – hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism – we see thyroid dysfunction directly impacting sex hormones, that can stall libido greatly, resulting in both decreased lubrication and arousal, as well as ability to orgasm.
Does this sound like you? Ask us about getting a proper assessment, including the full thyroid panel on blood work.
2. Estrogen fluctuations.
When estrogen starts to decline as we age, so does lubrication. With the lack of estrogen, tissue becomes dry and thin, making intercourse or penetration uncomfortable or painful for some. This can add to the aversion for intimacy, with apprehension that the experience will not be enjoyable. Depending on your situation, we have many options available, including bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
3. Your diet is too strict, or you’re exercising too much.
Yes, you heard that right. You may be exercising too much. Or being too strict with what you can and cannot eat.
It can be difficult to foster the desire for intimacy and sex, if you are not supplying your body with the nutrients and energy it requires. By eating a diet that is overly restrictive, and repetitious with the food selection, we’re missing the variety of nutrients that our microbiome in our gut thrives on. And we know, optimal digestive health is essential for optimal hormonal health. Our hormones require adequate fat sources, quality protein sources, and variety. Keep in mind the idea of moderation, and being mindful and purposeful with what you’re choosing to cut out, or consume more of.
When we’re exercising too much or losing too much fat, our estrogen status suffers as consequence. As women, we must not be afraid to have fat on our bodies. If our body fat percentage dips below a certain point, we can start to see missed periods and irregular cycles as consequence.
4. You’re afraid to speak up about what you want.
Your partner will not know what you want, unless you lay it out for them. Communication is essential to foster sexual intimacy. To foster that healthy libido, we must be completely transparent with what we’re wanting from our partners.
If you’d like to learn more about communicating your needs – we are hosting a FREE Bootcamp (live videos, webinars, handouts, materials, gust speakers Q&As and more) on Facebook! Sign up for The Pleasure Mindset Bootcamp here!
5. Is your low mood, playing into your lower libido?
Lows in mood can affect our ability to enjoy aspects of our lives to the fullest, and this logic can be applied to sex, too. By way of addressing this change in mood, we’re more likely to get a shift in our desire for intimacy. After all, pleasure starts in the mind, and there is much that we can do, to support mental health.
If you’re ready to get going with a plan, we have programs available, designed to support libido and hormonal health. Our three month program called The Hormone Code, as well as our group and our exclusive one-on-one programs – Well Woman Assessments.
If you’re motivated to take the next step, contact us to book your strategy call.
-Health Over All