People wanting to increase their libido sometimes look in the strangest places – even feral donkeys. According to recent news reports, a Hong Kong company has tried to purchase large numbers of Australian Northern Territory donkeys for a Chinese medicine called Ejiao that claims to increase women’s sex drive.
Although the demands of modern life can take their toll on our sex lives, fortunately, there are other ways to increase libido without resorting to donkey tonic!
Who is affected by low libido?
It’s relatively common for both men and women to grapple with low sex drive and look for ways to increase their libido. Up to 60 percent of women aged 29 to 59 report periods when they have lost interest in sex and research shows up to 40 percent of men also feel the need to increase their libido at some point.
Signs and symptoms of low libido
The main symptoms of low libido is a lack of interest in, and desire for, sex. This could mean that you think about sex less often, are less responsive to sexual stimulation and get less pleasure from sex. There is no magic number that defines low libido, and symptoms vary from person to person.
What are the causes of low libido?
A number of physical or psychological issues can cause low libido. Men and women have some similar and other unique factors that can contribute to this problem.
Causes of low libido in men
Low Testosterone. Testosterone is an important male hormone. In men, it is responsible for building muscles and bone mass and stimulating sperm production. It also influences your sex drive. Decreasing testosterone is a normal part of aging. However, a drastic drop in testosterone can lead to decreased libido.
Medications. Certain medications can lower testosterone levels, which in turn may lead to low libido. For example, blood pressure medications like ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers may prevent ejaculation and erections.
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). This is the uncontrollable urge to move your legs. A study found that men with RLS are at higher risk for developing erectile dysfunction than those without RLS. It also found that men who had RLS at least five times a month were about 50 percent more likely to get ED than men without RLS. Also, men who had RLS episodes more frequently were even more likely to become impotent.
Depression. Depression can influence many aspects of a person’s life. People with depression can experience a reduced or complete lack of interest in activities they once found pleasurable, including sex. Low libido is also a side effect of some antidepressants, especially selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Chronic Illness. When you’re not feeling well due to the effects of a chronic health condition, such as chronic pain, sex is likely to be low on your list of priorities. Certain illnesses, such as cancer, can reduce your sperm production counts since your body focuses on getting through the day.
Sleep Problems. A study in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found that men with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) experience lower testosterone levels. This, in turn, leads to decreased sexual activity and libido. A more recent JCEM study found that men with low testosterone levels also had lower sleep efficiency. The study concluded that decreased levels of total testosterone are linked with less healthy sleep, particularly in older men.
Aging. Testosterone levels, which are linked to libido, are at their highest when men are in their late teens. Men generally notice a difference in their libido around ages 60 to 65, according to the Mayo Clinic. In your older years, it may take longer to have orgasms, ejaculate, and become aroused. Your erections may not be as hard, and it may take longer for your penis to become erect.
Stress. If you’re distracted by situations or periods of high pressure, sexual desire may decrease. This is because stress can disrupt your hormone levels. Your arteries can narrow in times of stress. This narrowing restricts blood flow and potentially causes erectile dysfunction. A study in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease supported the notion that stress, separate from psychological symptoms and relationship quality, has a direct effect on sexual problems.
Causes of low libido in women
According to the Mayo Clinic, a woman's desire for sex is based on a complex interaction of many components affecting intimacy, including physical and emotional wellbeing, experiences, beliefs, lifestyle and current relationship
Physical causes.A wide range of illnesses, physical changes and medications can cause a low sex drive, including:
Sexual problems. If you experience pain during sex or an inability to orgasm, it can hamper your desire for sex.
Medical diseases. Numerous nonsexual diseases can also affect desire for sex, including arthritis, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and neurological diseases.
Many prescription medications — including some antidepressants and anti-seizure medications — are notorious libido killers.
Lifestyle habits. A glass of wine may make you feel amorous, but too much alcohol can spoil your sex drive; the same is true of street drugs. And smoking decreases blood flow, which may dampen arousal.
Any surgery, especially one related to your breasts or your genital tract, can affect your body image, sexual function and desire for sex.
Exhaustion from caring for young children or aging parents can contribute to low sex drive. Fatigue from illness or surgery also can play a role in a low sex drive.
Hormone changes.Changes in your hormone levels may alter your desire for sex. This can occur during:
Estrogen levels drop during the transition to menopause. This can cause decreased interest in sex and dryer vaginal tissues, resulting in painful or uncomfortable sex.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding. Hormone changes during pregnancy, just after having a baby and during breast-feeding can put a damper on sexual desire. Fatigue, changes in body image, and the pressures of pregnancy or caring for a new baby can also contribute to changes in your sexual desire.
Psychological causes.There are a number psychological causes of low sex drive, including:
Mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression.
Stress, such as financial stress or work stress.
Poor body image.
History of physical or sexual abuse.
Previous negative sexual experiences.
Relationship issues.For many women, emotional closeness is an essential prelude to sexual intimacy, so problems in your relationship can be a factor in creating a low sex drive. Decreased interest in sex can be a result of ongoing issues, such as:
Lack of connection with your partner.
Unresolved conflicts or fights.
Poor communication of sexual needs and preferences.
Infidelity or breach of trust.
5 ways to help increase libido
Check if sex hormones are affecting libido
The hormones that control your desire for sex – testosterone, progesterone, estrogen and thyroid activity – can be influenced by:
Age-related physical changes (like menopause and male menopause).
The contraceptive pill.
Testosterone can be described as the ‘key sex hormone’ for men and women. Some men who are diagnosed with depression are found to be suffering from low testosterone. Symptoms include:
A lack of energy.
Testosterone peaks at 18, and declines by around 1 percent per year in midlife. Harvard specialist Dr. Abe Morgentaler, author of Testosterone For Life,suggests that men over the age of 50 who feel run-down could consult their GP to discuss having their T-levels checked. If they are low, their doctor could prescribe testosterone treatment as a way of increasing libido and overall energy levels.
A free online testosterone level survey can be found at https://www.herbalignitehim.com/pages/low-testosterone-quiz.
Testosterone therapy is available in several forms, including:
Time release implants.
Oral pastiches (tiny tablets held between cheek and gum).
Even women can benefit from testosterone therapy. An Australian study showed that a testosterone patch tested on post-menopausal women gave their libido a ‘meaningful’ increase after a year of use.
The herb Tribulus Terrestris can lift testosterone levels naturally, by stimulating the body to produce more of the hormone. Herbal supplements like Herbal Ignite contain Tribulus to increase libido and improve sex life. It increases libido in both men and women and also relieves menopausal symptoms like hot flushes in women.
Studies show the contraceptive pill can reduce sexual response and libido. Discuss options with your doctor, who may prescribe an alternative brand to help increase libido. Hormonal changes that accompany menopause can also result in low libido and vaginal dryness, which makes intercourse painful or difficult.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has fallen out of favour in recent years because research suggests it could increase the risk of breast cancer. However, there are other options to help treat vaginal dryness. These include:
Bio-identical hormone creams. These generally don’t carry the same risks as HRT and your doctor may prescribe estrogen creams of various strengths and formulations. These are designed to supplement estradiol, progesterone, and estrogen (depending on the formulation) and add moisturiser. Used over a period of time, they can improve vaginal lubrication; but it’s important to note they are not an instant fix.
Personal lubricants and sexual response creams. There is a wide range of lubricant creams available. Some are natural and others contain mineral oils or petrochemical content. Personal preference will determine your choice as to which cream to use to increase libido. Creams that include L-arginine may also enhance orgasm by increasing blood flow to the genitals. Herbal Ignite Intimate Gel is a water-based totally natural proprietary formula of rainforest herbs and L-arginine to stimulate natural lubrication and aid sexual arousal and libido in men and women.
Increase libido by building your relationship
One of the biggest turn-offs of libido is a partner who isn’t receptive, supportive or who is overly critical. For women, especially, having a caring and supportive partner who is appreciative may be the only libido booster she needs. A women’s libido is strongly affected by everything that happens in her daily life and environment.
If effort is put into understanding and appreciating your partner more, it can deliver remarkable results in the bedroom. For men, take the time to get close to your partner without pressuring for sex first. And for women, remember the ‘Five to One Rule’ – five positive comments for every negative one will help maintain a happy partner.
Increase libido through a healthy lifestyle
Making relatively small lifestyle changes can have a beneficial effect on boosting libido. These include small amounts of weight loss or participation in moderate exercise. Both of these will do wonders for your sex life if you keep at them. A Harvard study found male athletes aged between 40 and 60 had the same sex drive as men 20 years younger who didn’t exercise.
Check if prescription medicines are affecting libido
The use of prescription medicines for many common health problems such as depression, high blood pressure, hay fever or sinusitis, can affect your libido. Talk to your doctor about trying alternatives to your current medication and see if this helps increase your sex drive.
Herbal supplements to increase libido
Some herbs have been used for many years in traditional medicine as libido boosters and they are still popular today. Natural treatments like Herbal Ignite contain herbs used traditionally to boost libido, including Tribulus Terrestris, Horny Goat Weed, Tongkat Ali, Damiana, Avena Sativa and Muira Puama.
How Herbal Ignite for Men and Women help boost libido
Herbal Ignite for Men and Women are over-the-counter dietary supplements taken daily with food. They help boost energy levels and relieve fatigue and stress in both men and women. Herbal Ignite for Men also increase men’s health and libido, boosts levels of testosterone (the key hormone in men) and improves nerve function and genital blood flow. Herbal Ignite for Women supports pre-menstrual tension and menopause, helps restore hormone levels to a healthy balance and improves libido.
Herbal Ignite for Men
The three key herbs in Ignite for Men – Tribulus Terrestris, Horny Goat Weed and Avena Sativa – have been used in traditional medicine for centuries to rejuvenate men’s sexual health. The herb Tribulus Terrestris, in particular, has also been found to naturally boost testosterone levels and is available in capsule form in herbal supplements like Herbal Ignite.
Tribulus Terrestris lifts testosterone levels and improves sexual activity and muscular strength. It also generates male energy, confidence and stamina and men using Herbal Ignite report an improved sense of wellbeing. While Tribulus Terrestris supports and assists the body's natural production of testosterone it should be clearly understood that it is not a hormone supplement. By promoting the production of the body's own hormones, it works within the body's natural limits to help men achieve their strength and muscular potential. Tribulus Terrestris will not cause the body to indefinitely produce increasing amounts of testosterone – rather, it balances natural hormone levels.
Horny Goat Weed increases desire and sexual performance. The active ingredients in this herb are PDE-5 inhibitors, which increase blood flow to the penis and help with better erections.
Avena Sativa relieves stress and increases sexual desire. Many men notice a decline in sex drive and sexual strength because of the effects of stress and long working hours; this herb helps counter the effects of our tough modern lifestyle.
Herbal Ignite for Women contains four key ingredients:
Damiana is the key fatigue and stress fighter in Herbal Ignite for Women. Known as the ‘ultimate feel-good herb’ for women, it combats fatigue, relaxes the body, reduces stress and anxiety, lifts mood and enhances sexual response. It also helps balance female hormone levels, control hot flushes and is especially renowned for its libido enhancing qualities.
Dong Quai is known as ‘the women’s herb’ or ‘female ginseng’ because it is recognised in traditional Asian medicine as an excellent all-purpose women’s herb. It is used to calm nerves, relieve anxiety and mood swings, aid in the treatment of various skin conditions, promote youthfulness, reduce stress and is also considered effective in treating cancer. It also helps restore hormonal balance, improve menstrual regularity and relieves PMS and hot flushes.
Tribulus Terrestris is a general tonic that supports sex drive, ovulation and reproductive health. It also balances hormone levels, boosts vitality and sense of wellbeing.
Horny Goat Weed has been used in traditional medicine as an aphrodisiac to increase libido, improve sexual response and function and create a feeling of well-being during menopause. Horny Goat Weed has been used since ancient times to promote physical and mental energy. It stimulates libido by enhancing sexual response and orgasm, relieves symptoms associated with PMS and menopause, balances hormones, relieves stress and aids in the treatment of osteoporosis. Horny goat weed contains a flavonoid called Icariin that assists to increase nitric oxide levels relaxing genital muscles in men and women, promoting erections and orgasms. Horny goat weed influences the stress hormone cortisol to help relieve stress.
Herbal Ignite has been used successfully by thousands of men and women in New Zealand and Australia to help beat stress and fatigue, boost libido and sexual satisfaction. It is 100% natural and free of unpleasant side effects. It is made in New Zealand to the highest standards, with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.
Disclaimer. This information is provided for general informational purposes only and does not substitute for the advice provided by your medical professional. Always seek specific medical advice for treatment appropriate to you. Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.
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