Sex drive saboteurs

It may surprise you to hear that one quarter of women claim that they are not engaging in...

It may surprise you to hear that one quarter of women claim that they are not engaging in intercourse, at all. (Shutterstock)

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Sex. Everyone is talking about it but is anyone doing it? It may surprise you to hear that one quarter of women claim that they are not engaging in intercourse, at all. And it’s not because they are choosing to be celibate but rather their libidos are not in drive.

Low desire has often been attributed to changes in age but there other influencing factors that can shift your engine into neutral. Here are some surprising saboteurs that may be the causing a low or waning libido:

Your Period: Hormone fluctuations in a woman’s cycle are unpredictable – some women rage for pleasure and others with anger.

In fact, according to a survey conducted out of Scotland, 35% of women aged 35 to 44 say they feel violent tendencies towards themselves or someone else during their period.

These uncontrollable feelings squelch any yearnings for sex or intimacy and are extreme imbalances that can and should be treated, so check with your physician.

The Pill: New research shows that the pill can be a passion killer. By preventing ovulation the pill is believed to lower levels of testosterone - the hormone responsible for sex drive. Plus, it raises levels of globulin, the sex hormone which blocks the effects of testosterone.

The pill may seem convenient but there are plenty of alternate birth control options you can consider that are not as intrusive, so do your research and promise to play it safe.

How Your Brain Behaves: The brains of women with low libido may function quite differently from those who have healthy sex drives. The reason being is that these women do not have the same rush of blood to the head during moments of ecstasy.

The condition is known as Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) and is often treated by removing or alleviating underlying causes such as depression or sexual dysfunction.

Blood Sugar: Levels of blood sugar, both high and low, can have zapping sexual effects. These imbalances are caused by poor diet and other unhealthy habits such as caffeine, alcohol, stress, smoking, drink and drugs. Simple lifestyle and diet changes will generally restore interest unless there is a more serious underlying medical issue such as diabetes, in which case hormone replacement therapy may be recommended.

Though drugs like Viagra and Cialis have been a love saver for men, the female version has been harder for pharmaceutical companies to formulate.

Recent studies have even found that placebos can lead women into believing they are improving their libido, with a resulting improved state of arousal. For the ladies this suggests it’s practicing mind over matter, which is good news for us all.


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