If it seems like your lover is always in the mood and you’re not, then you may be in the midst of a sexual slump. But before you go blaming yourself, just know that the ebb and flow of your libido is totally common, normal, and nothing to be ashamed of. Many times, low libido can also be treated at home, naturally.
What Causes Loss of Libido?
Libido, or a person’s desire to have sex, can be affected by many physical and psychological influences. “Women's sexual desires naturally fluctuate over the years. Highs and lows commonly coincide with the beginning or end of a relationship or with major life changes, such as pregnancy, menopause or illness,” says the Mayo Clinic.
A woman’s libido is multifaceted and may also diminish due to stress, declining hormones, relationship problems, fatigue, mental illness, unfulfilling sex life, and more. It’s important to acknowledge that medications used for mood disorders and hormonal birth control can also lead to low libido.
How Can I Treat My Low Libido?
If you’re bothered by your waning desire and want to do something to change it, then we recommend reading our article on establishing a sexual wellness routine. You might also find that trying less conventional methods, like those in our popular article on edible aphrodisiacs, helps put you in the mood.
“Fantastic sex starts with feeling your best and having the energy to want to hit the sheets for more than just sleep,” says Charlotte Traas, director of sales and education and training at New Chapter, Inc.
With Traas’ statement in mind, we also suggest taking charge of your mental and physical health with more sleep, stress-reducing precautions, and incorporating items from our list of libido-boosting supplements, which Traas claims will “give you a great head start” when it comes to amping up your sex drive naturally.
1. Fermented Multivitamins
If you don't have enough energy to get through the day, then you certainly won't have much left for doing the deed at night. Sometimes a pep in your step is what's needed to turn a low libido around.
Traas, who studied herbs and mushrooms in Japan and China for three years, suggests fermented nutrients, like those found in New Chapter’s Fermented Multivitamins. She says they’re “amazing for foundational, everyday energy because your body can absorb the nutrients easily.” Traas also adds that they can be taken on an empty stomach, making them convenient and easy to remember.
2. Shatavari Tea
Stress is a libido killer. It raises cortisol levels, causes anxiety, and can lead to depression, all sex drive dampening symptoms. It’s important to reduce stress in your life for your overall well-being, as well for getting your groove back.
Womankind Tea contains a special herb called Shatavari root, a well-known adaptogen that supports the body during times of stress.
According to Euan MacLennan, the Herbal and Sustainability Director at Pukka, “Shatavari is an ayurvedic herb with centuries of traditional use as a tonic for the female reproductive system and for enhancing women’s health at all stages of life.” He says it’s “rich in compounds called steroidal saponins that appear to act as precursors to sex hormones, explaining this herbs ability to balance hormones and ease menopausal symptoms.”
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In addition to libido-enhancing properties, MacLennan noted that “Pukka has conducted groundbreaking clinical research on the mechanism of Shatavari in the human body, revealing that it positively influences genes that support bone density in women.”
3. Sea Buckthorn
When sex is uncomfortable it can cause some women to want it less, which makes complete sense. “Many women shy away from sex due to vaginal dryness,” says Traas, pointing out that there is “promising research on Omega 7 rich Sea Buckthorn to support healthy secretion for more comfortable sex.”
In a study conducted on sea buckthorn, the postmenopausal women who took 3 grams of sea buckthorn for three months showed a significantly better rate of improvement in the integrity of the vaginal epithelium when compared to the placebo. The study concluded that “[sea buckthorn] oil showed beneficial effects on vaginal health, indicating it is a potential alternative for mucosal integrity for those women not able to use estrogen treatment for vaginal atrophy.”
4. Botanical Blend
Our guide on having better orgasms is a must-read for facilitating a more vibrant libido. After all, pleasure is one of the many reasons we enjoy and want to have sex in the first place. If you’re not feeling orgasmic or pleasured during sex then it’s understandable that your libido might wane.
We want all of your sexual encounters to be amazing. While that may seem like a tall order, there are supplements to help. This one happens to be topical and made from natural plant essences.
Zestra Essential Arousal Oil has been established in clinical trials to enhance arousal and desire in women. It’s also completely natural and comprised of botanical oils and extracts like borage seed oil, evening primrose oil, angelica extract, and coleus forskohlii extract. After applying Zestra to the clitoris and labia, it begins working in three to five minutes, peaks at 10, and lasts for up to 45 minutes.
5. Peruvian Root Maca
“If you and your partner are both looking for a boost, you can’t go wrong with Peruvian root Maca,” suggests Traas. Traditionally used for increasing energy levels and helping to put you in the mood, maca is thought to be an all-natural aphrodisiac.
Although there are conflicting beliefs in its proven ability to aid with erectile dysfunction and lessen symptoms of menopause due to lack of clinical studies, psychiatrist and functional medicine physician Dr. Hyla Cass, told WebMD that she’s a believer, "In my practice, I have seen maca restore hormonal imbalance and related sexual desire and fertility in both men and women."
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