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There is no worse feeling than being told or made to feel that ‘your sex drive does not exist’. Actually, it is a gross estimation of the fact that women have either not discovered what gives them pleasure, or they are suffering from some kind of medical ailment. In most cases, it is the latter.
Studies show that more and more women are either unable to drive complete satisfaction out of sex or unable to achieve orgasm because they have some kind of hormonal deficiency. There are quite a few cases that can be caused from a malfunctioning thyroid gland. Confused? Studies show about half of American women suffer from some kind of sexual dysfunction that range from lack of interest in sex, to depression, low libido, and physical illnesses as well.
Research has confirmed that undiagnosed or even diagnosed thyroid problems can play a major role in having significant impact on your sex life. This clearly indicates that if you have some kind of thyroid deficiency, then there are higher chances that your sex life can also become disturbed. Have you already been diagnosed with some kind of thyroid issue? Here is all you need to know about the thyroid gland, its connection to female sex organs, and what you can do to improve your libido.
Thyroid Gland and Its Disorders
The thyroid gland is a major part of the endocrine system. This butterfly shaped gland is located right below the Adam’s apple and is responsible for the adequate functioning of the metabolic system as well as the body temperature. You may be interested to know that this is not the only job of the thyroid gland. It is also the job of the thyroid gland to ensure that the sex hormones are also being working effectively and doing their job in the right manner.
So how does the thyroid gland work? Be producing thyroid hormone. It is the job of the thyroid hormone to regulate the metabolic rate and body temperature as well as other body functions. If thyroid hormone is not produced in the right quantity, the body is not able to perform optimally.
Two of the most common problems that can occur with the thyroid gland are the overproduction and underproduction of the thyroid hormone. These disorders are referred to as hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
Hyperthyroidism is when the thyroid gland becomes overactive and secretes excessive amounts of the thyroid hormone. This charges up the metabolic rate and also gives rise to other symptoms like:
- Excessive weight loss even though there is an increase in appetite
- Excessive sweating
- Tremors in hands and fingers
- Increased heart rate, palpitations
- Hair loss
- Clammy skin
- Muscular pain and weakness
- Heat intolerance
- Anxiety, nervousness and mood swings
The second, and even more common condition that mostly affects women over 50 and 60 is hypothyroidism, which is the reverse of hyperthyroidism. In this case, the thyroid gland becomes excessively slow and is unable to produce enough amounts of thyroid hormone to even meet the needs of the body. This leads to lowered metabolic rate and the following signs and symptoms:
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Intolerance to cold
- Lowered heart rate
- Dry skin and brittle hair
- Enlarged thyroid gland
- Depression and anxiety
- Muscular aches and pains
- Extreme tiredness
Even if you don’t have hyper or hypothyroid, you may have Graves’s disease or could be suffering from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Both of these are autoimmune conditions.
So what is the connection of thyroid with your sexual libido?
Connection between Thyroid and Sexual Libido
Research shows that thyroid disease can cause vaginal dryness. This means that sex becomes painful. Who wants to be tortured when they are having sex, instead of driving pleasure out of the act? So of course the whole thing becomes a complete turn off! Vaginal lubrication is one of the most important aspects of sexual gratification. If it is missing, then the concept of pleasure is absolutely gone.
But this is not where it ends. Low thyroid hormone also means low levels of testosterone. Hence low libido. Low libido refers to the fact that you simply are not aroused enough to want or have the urge of wanting to ‘do it’. Therefore, even if your partner is in the ‘mood’ you are not. If you have been experiencing this, this can be one major sign that there is something amiss with you thyroid gland.
Depression and/or fatigue is another thing that dominate the mind of women who suffer from hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. They are never in the mood for any kind of sexual activity. The frustration they experience is very exhausting for them and for their partners.
These are all clear signs that the thyroid gland may not working properly.
What can be Done?
The very first thing you need to do is see your doctor. They will be able to examine you physically and run thyroid blood tests on you. But realize that many times thyroid blood work will come back normal even though you don’t feel normal. Remember, thyroid symptoms are manageable and can be helped as long as you don’t keep ignoring the symptoms.