Low Libido & Hormone Balance: Are They Linked?
And how to rekindle your fire the natural way…
When was the last time you were “in the mood?” If you feel that your sex drive has gone icy lately, something deeper might be going on.
For many people, things like poor diet, stress, and hormone imbalances can be at the root of this low libido. Thankfully, there are many natural ways you can rekindle your sex drive and rekindle your relationship naturally.
What Causes Low Libido?
Low libido is a significant decrease in your sexual desire. While it’s normal for your libido to fluctuate from time to time, true low libido occurs when there is an underlying health imbalance that affects your natural desire for intimacy.
For many people, this comes does to a few common factors:
Did you know that what you eat could impact your libido? Obesity and diabetes are both linked to issues like erectile dysfunction and low sex drive. If you’re regularly eating meals that crash your energy or make you feel bloated, it’s not likely that you’ll feel up for intimacy. Try to avoid foods that are rich in sugar, simple carbohydrates, dairy, and other foods that weigh you down instead of perking you up.
Chronic stress wreaks havoc on all aspects of life – including your sex life. When you are under stress, survival mode is activated, and a fulfilling sex life is low on the list of things that help you avoid potential danger.
The stress response also triggers the release of two key hormones: cortisol and epinephrine. These hormones act as a double-edged sword. They decrease your natural sex drive (in order to focus the body on survival) while also diminishing the body’s production of libido-enhancing sex hormones, like estrogen and testosterone.
- Anxiety or Depression
Your mental well-being can also impact your libido levels. When you’re busy, worried, or distracted, it’s difficult to quiet your mind and be present during sex. Studies show that both men and women who struggle with anxiety or depression are at a higher risk of experiencing low libido.
- Hormone Imbalances
What do most of these other causes have in common? They disrupt our delicate hormone balance. Sex hormones play a huge role in our sexual desire. Unfortunately, keeping the right balance can be tricky. Hormones fluctuate regularly and are easily impacted by our lifestyle and other health conditions. When your hormones are out of balance, it’s likely your sex drive will be too.
Hormone Imbalances and Low Libido
It’s normal for your hormones to fluctuate throughout your life. For women, hormone fluctuations (and thereby libido fluctuations) often coincide with major body or lifestyle changes such as puberty, pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause. These fluctuations can also occur on a monthly basis as hormones shift during the menstrual cycle.
For men, it’s normal to experience a drop in libido as you age when testosterone levels decline. Like menopause, this transition into andropause is normal.
But sometimes your lack of desire is more than just a passing fluctuation. For millions of people, significant hormone imbalances cause a range of chronic health concerns, including low libido. Here’s why:
- Estrogen Imbalances
Women tend to experience hormone imbalances more often than men because women’s hormones are constantly shifting. Estrogen imbalances are often at the root of low sex drive, especially around menopause. If your estrogen is out of balance, you may also experience mood swings, acne, weight gain, vaginal dryness, and headaches.
- Low Testosterone
Men may experience a condition called Low T, or male hypogonadism. In these cases, the drop in testosterone goes below what’s considered normal during aging, which leads to symptoms like fatigue, weakness, depression, erectile dysfunction, and low libido.
Testosterone imbalances can affect women, too, especially after coming off the birth control pill. You may have low testosterone if you experience muscle soreness, low energy, and depression. Alternatively, your testosterone may be too high if you notice an increase in acne, facial hair, or irregular periods.
- Thyroid Imbalances
Along with sex hormones, your thyroid hormones also impact your libido. Low thyroid function leads to low sex drive – as well as a reduced drive to do anything! Without the proper levels of thyroid hormone, we feel exhausted and lethargic. You may also notice thinning hair, weight gain, and depression.
- Estrogen Imbalances
At Moringa Natural Health, we have treatment plans for menopause and hormone imbalance. We personalize each plan according to each person’s unique biological makeup. Want to learn more about our treatment plans? Schedule your free appointment with Dr. Fernandez today!
Natural Ways to Balance Your Hormones and Revive Your Sex Drive
Ready to boost your libido? These simple tips will support a healthy sex drive by bringing your hormones into balance.
1. Eat hormone-healthy foods.
Boosting your libido through diet isn’t just about going out for oysters and chocolate. While aphrodisiacs may help increase your sex drive, a well-rounded, nutritious diet is the best way to balance your hormones and boost your libido.
What does a hormone-healthy diet look like?
- Getting enough protein (required to make hormones)
- Supporting your microbiome with probiotics (to regulate hormone balance)
- Reducing refined sugar (to manage weight and prevent insulin resistance)
- Eating healthy fats (keeps cortisol levels in a healthy range)
- Using herbs and spices (to stimulate healthy hormone production)
- Enjoying whole grains, fish, seeds, legumes, and cruciferous vegetables (balances sex hormones)
- Incorporating healthy foods that support hormone balance (for men and for women)
Need more support starting your hormone-healthy diet? Contact us to find out how Moringa Natural Health Center can help you find a nutritional program that works for you.
2. Get acupuncture
If stress is one of the main factors contributing to low libido and hormone imbalances, acupuncture can help. This gentle therapy is proven to reduce stress levels and improve the body’s natural resilience against future stress. The best thing about acupuncture is that along with all the stress-relieving benefits, it also helps balance your hormones from the root.
3. Consider bio-identical hormone therapy
Bio-identical hormone therapy often gets the same results as conventional hormone replacement therapy, but without the unwanted side effects. Our unique bio-identical hormone therapy program helps you get to the root of your unique hormone imbalances naturally, so you can restore your sex life and vitality.
Revive Your Libido Naturally at Moringa Natural Health Center
Hormone imbalances are at the root of so many health issues – from fatigue to brain fog to weight gain. It could even be the cause of your less-than-vibrant sex life.
If low libido has been holding you back from living a full life and connecting with your partner, Moringa Natural Health Center is here to help. Request an appointment to learn how we can help you reignite your passion through healthy hormone balance.
Dr. Lena Fernandez
Very useful information thank u doctor