Have you been feeling that your libido has dropped? Has your sexual drive dwindled to nothing? Is your partner complaining of your lack of interest in being intimate? Have you been trying but failing to gain pleasure out of sexual intercourse? If you have nodded yes to the above questions, then there may be something physical going on in your body that is causing you to feel that way.
Many times people suffer from some kind of hormonal imbalance or some physical disorder that leads to a distorted sexual drive. However, most don’t pay attention thinking it could be in their head. They continue to try but nothing seems work for them. Hormone fluctuation can play a big part in this problem.
Go through this article. It will make you aware of some of the problems that might be happening. Once you feel that your symptoms match, get in touch with your doctor. Your doctor will be able to guide you on how to control your sexual deficiencies and have a fulfilling sex life.
Low Sex Drive and Hormone Imbalance
Experts believe that 70% of women have low sex drive because of some kind of hormonal imbalance. These can include sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Or they can include thyroid hormones or even pituitary hormones.
Here are some of the most common hormones that can lead to a low sex drive or loss of libido.
1. Estrogen and Progesterone
Considered to be the primary female hormones, estrogen and progesterone are the hormones that give way to the ability to produce eggs and maintain fertility. Estrogen and progesterone are also the hormones stabilize your mood. If estrogen and progesterone levels are imbalanced in the body, signs and symptoms can include:
- Abnormal periods, either too heavy or too light
- Mood swings and PMS
- Bloating because of water retention
- Rosacea or acne
- Cysts in the breast or tenderness
- Abnormal pap smears
- Sudden weight gain in the hips or breasts
- Vaginal dryness
In order to treat estrogen, doctors generally give oral estrogen medicine. These can be synthetic in nature and mimic the effects of estrogen in body. Bioidentical hormones are obtained from natural substances and these too are prescribed depending on your condition.
Women who experience sexual dysfunction do so mostly because their sex hormones are not adequately performing. Low levels of estrogen are often responsible for a low sex drive and inability to receive pleasure from sex.
Keep in mind that if estrogen and progesterone levels are not maintained in the body, they can lead to serious problems like the inability to conceive or give birth. Many cases of infertility occur due to the fluctuations of these hormones. Some women are simply unable to produce one or the other hormone and for that hormone replacement therapy is prescribed. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above and are failing to conceive, then is would be wise to consult your medical doctor.
Did you know that women can also have low doses of male hormones, just like men can have low doses of female hormones? Hence the reason that when these low levels fluctuate, they can lead to many physical disorders along with low libido.
Studies have shown that use of oral contraceptives can also lead to the excessive lowering of testosterone among females. These medicines soak up the hormone so that pregnancy cannot take place. What they also do is reduce your sex drive. You may experience virginal dryness, pain with sexual intercourse, and an unwillingness to engage in sexual acts. What is even more troubling is that the symptoms don’t necessarily disappear immediately after ceasing the use of these pills. It can take up to a year before you feel normal again.
Here are general symptoms of testosterone imbalance:
- Loss of energy
- Fatigue and weakness
- Oily skin with acne
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Depression and anxiety
3. Thyroid Hormone
When thyroid levels go down considerably, this can give rise to hypothyroidism, which can reduce libido. This condition occurs because of an autoimmune disease or because your thyroid gland is not functioning optimally. Here are some common symptoms of underactive thyroid gland:
- Weight gain without any cause
- Drying skin and hair
- Increased hair loss
- Clammy and cold hands and feet
- Fatigue and weakness
- Mood swings that give way to depression
What can be done though is managing it in such a way that hormone levels remain balanced. If you feel you have any of the above signs, then get your TSH level examined today. By leaving the problem as it is, you are only inviting more problems to occur. To learn more, join one of our free thyroid webinars. Go to www.bit.ly/J2317 to register.
Known as the stress hormone, cortisol can cause many dysfunctions in the body. Keep in mind that cortisol alone can have an impact on other hormones in the body which means that your sexual drive can be affected. Here are clear indications of low or high cortisol levels:
- Tired and sleepy
- Sugar cravings
- Fluctuating sugar levels
- Increased fat in the belly region or general weight gain
- High stress conditions leading to depression, anxiety and panic attacks
- Having a difficult time staying asleep
Do you feel this is happening to you? Get your cortisol levels checked. Another test that you may benefit from is The DNA Uprint. Please call Health Solutions Plus to learn more; 716-773-4707.
Unless your hormones are in check, your body will not be able to perform to its greatest in terms of sexual drive. You will feel too down or lackluster to care for anything. The key is not to stay there and do something about it. Now that you have this information, the choice is always your what to do next.