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How To Improve Libido For A Healthy Sex Life

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Low libido is often confused with Erectile Dysfunction. Libido is a term used to describe one's sex drive, the motivation to be intimate with one's partner. Often times a low libido can create unnecessary stress and hardship on a relationship. In men. It can foster self-doubt, shame, as well as a source of emotional stress for men when they are unable or unwilling to perform. Understanding the underlying cause of low libido is key to help improve and support it naturally. Many men look for libido boosters and or link libido and testosterone together. Low libido may or may not be as a result of low testosterone.


Low testosterone can develop as a man ages, however, can just as easily affect younger men as well. Testosterone allows for a man to develop strength, endurance, as well as maintain a healthy sex drive. If testosterone levels drop below 300, the male libido can drop significantly. Male testosterone replacement can help temporarily. However, it may also increase the risk for blood clots, strokes, affect sleep, and other hormonal imbalance symptoms.


Medications can often create a side effect of low libido. Statins, beta blockers, anti-depressants, benzodiazepines, and anticonvulsants can also create a side effect of low libido. This is often the balance in conventional medical treatment, trading one condition for another. Naturally, supporting one's heart and preventing a heart attack takes priority over sexual pleasure; however,, in many instances it is just that trade for one or the other. The need to maintain a healthy lifestyle is more prevalent to prevent the need for many of these medications. Many dietary, as well as lifestyle habits, can prevent many metabolic health disorders such as hypertension, high cholesterol, and obesity. Over the counter medications taken consistently can also affect one's libido as well, so care must be taken to minimize medication usage whenever possible. Obviously, these are relevant conversations to be had with both your allopathic medical professional as well as your holistic professional as they have the training to discern what is necessary for the course of treatment.


Depression and mood instability can affect a man's desire to have sex with his partner. Antidepressant medication often have common side effects of effecting libido. Feelings of apathy, lack motivation, unresolved grief, insecurities can all lead to challenges with the sex drive. Again, it is never a good idea to take yourself off of these or any medications prescribed without consulting first with your healthcare team. Each member of your healthcare team looks from their own perspective. Holistic medicine is unique in that it looks at the overall health of the patient, and often, holistic doctors work integratively with allopathic doctors to collaborate and coordinate care to ensure what is best for the patient. Any time a person presents with a desire to reduce medication load, care, attention, as well as an appropriate action plan must be created amongst all of those in the healthcare team to ensure the safety of the person. At no time is it recommended to cold turkey off of these or any medications regardless of the frustration levels with the particular medications.


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Chronic illness has its host of challenges, and low libido can be the result of a battle against many autoimmune conditions. Fibromyalgia, chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer are just a  few that have extensive treatment plans as well as provide discomfort to the case. Many of these conditions have multi-organ system involvement meaning they involve hormones, neurotransmitters, vascular function, as well as the immune system. This overtaxes of the overall system forces the body to let go of many non-essential biological functions, libido is one of them, as the body uses all of its energy to heal itself.


High amounts of stress can impair sexual interest, including stress within a relationship. Constant fighting, arguing, as well as disagreements,  can lead to a lack of sexual interest. Even still financial concerns, work instabilities, demands of fatherhood, and previous unresolved traumas can also affect the bodies overall function. Increased cortisol production can cause constriction of blood vessels that contribute to erectile dysfunction and thus lessening the desire to perform based on performance issues.


Overall, lifestyle factors can affect the health of the person as well. Smoking can reduce oxygen, which can impair sexual arousal. Excessive alcohol consumption has also been shown to reduce testosterone levels. Obesity can impair metabolism as well as hormone function within the body, as well as reducing the likelihood for a desire for physical activity, which is essential in libido function.


Having a low libido is not ideal in a healthy relationship. It is imperative that one seek some support in resolving these challenges, creating solutions to move through this biological process. It is important to remember that many people suffer from this health challenge, but it does require honest and open communication with your partner. Working with a functional medicine provider as well as a naturopath to determine the cause is key instead of just attempting to treat it on your own. Not every over the counter supplement is effective, and some can be harmful with many artificial fillers, as well as unregulated, untested ingredients, being the major components of many of these products. It is important to get to the root cause instead of masking symptoms to free the body to do what it already knows how to do in life.


*All information contained in this blog post is intended for informational and educational purposes only, and is neither intended nor suited to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical treatment nor for professional medical advice relative to a specific medical question or condition.

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