Back home after a hard day at work, you still have to cook dinner, wash dishes, help with homework, give a bath and tell stories before even thinking of relaxing. Your husband gives you that look and points at your bedroom but you are too tired and prefer to relax in front of the television.
You are not alone!
Lack of libido is one of the most frequent sexual disorders of women. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 43 % of women have sexual desire issues.1
What’s going on?
Fatigue, stress, hormonal imbalance and psychological factors can decrease your libido. Anxiety and depression contribute to this problem and, ironically, several medications to treat them do too. Antidepressants, the pill and tranquilizers are all medications that can affect your sex drive.
What can you do?
Have your hormones measured. Ask your doctor to analyze your hormones level. A registered naturopath may suggest a salivary hormone test to assess your cortisol level (the stress hormone), your DHEA (anti-stress/anti-aging hormone), estrogens, progesterone and testosterone.
A decrease in sex drive is seen in about 25 to 40 % of menopaused women.2 In these women, the level of testosterone has been positively linked to their libido. Several studies have shown that testosterone can increase the sex drive of menopaused women.
Several natural plants and vitamins can be useful to balance your hormones. In general, women who have a low libido also have low progesterone, testosterone and DHEA levels. Estrogen and cortisol levels are also imbalanced.
Have your thyroidal function tested. A slow thyroidal function can slow your system and affect your energy, your temper and decrease your sexual desire.
Do you have a Zinc deficiency?
Zinc is a mineral that is involved in more than 300 biochemical reactions. It is essential in the sexual function: it eases the production of hormones such as estrogen and testosterone. Sadness (even post-partum depression), hair loss, slow digestion, defective immune system, insomnia and lower libido are all symptoms of a Zinc deficiency. Keep in mind that a naturopath can evaluate your Zinc level with a very simple test. Oysters are perfect for their high level of Zinc (½ cup 20.6 mg), in addition to being known as an aphrodisiac. On a daily basis, you can eat 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds to obtain 2 mg of Zinc.
If you are on medication, talk to your doctor. Some medications like antidepressants, contraceptive pills and high blood pressure medications have for side-effect to decrease your desire. Never stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor.