We’ve been talking babies and pregnancy, but first you’ve actually got to do the deed. We’ll get to infertility, this week, but first lets look at factors that can affect our sex drive. Let’s start with hormones because they obviously hold some power here. We so underestimate hormonal health (with weight loss and eating, stress, sleep and more). Sex drive in a mix of complex hormones and psychological factors. Estrogen is the key hormone for women and testosterone for men. Low levels are associated with low libido. Menstruating women’s sex drive fluxes with their changing hormones. Rising halfway through their cycle and peaking at ovulation.
Let’s look at some factors affecting sex drive:
- obesity (associated low testosterone)
- diabetes (also associated low testosterone)
- high blood pressure
- thyroid dysfunction
- adrenal exhaustion
- prescription medication
- hormonal birth control
- too little sleep
- poor nutrition (certain nutrients promote hormone health. Foods rich in nutrients, antioxidants, minerals, essential fatty acids, and saturated fats)
- Prolactin (effected by pregnancy, breastfeeding, low thyroid function, antidepressants, anti-psychotic medications)
- Stress: cortisol is not good for arousal and erection. Massages are a good way to de-stress, plus it can initiate arousal
- Too much booze
- Smoking (reduces blood flow to sex organs, saps stamina and smoking breath is not attractive)
- Built up resentment
- Lack of confidence. Feeling awkward, makes for awkward sex.
Summary: eat healthy foods that promote healthy hormones. Stress less. Sleep more. Control your weight. Avoid lighting up before hand and drowning in a bottle. Feel confidant.