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5 tips for improving libido


A common complaint for many women is the loss of libido, or sex drive. While no one resolution exists, certain strategies can offer significant help for this condition and overall well-being. Learn about the causes and treatment of low libido.

At the foundation of this issue, most women aren’t aware of all the factors that effect libido, or the treatments available to help. Focus on the following areas to add flicker back to the flame.

  • Sleep: Without quality sleep, energy will suffer and the body is forced to ration its energy. For those needing a good night’s sleep and a libido lift, start a gentle exercise program in the evening.
  • L-theanine: This extract of green tea has a gentle calming and focusing effect on the mind, lessening the “racing” that keeps the brain awake at night and disrupts the body’s attention toward other things…

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  • Dr. Kathy Maupin

    I am an M.D. who specializes in problems associated with aging. I spend my day with women and men who have lost their sexual desire. I have studied this extensively and even though it is not a universal problem, it certainly is common, and a subject that people clamor for information that might be helpful.

    If you are fortunate enough to be over 50 and not suffer from lack of libido, thank God and go on to other blogs that might offer something you can use. Please do not denegrate those of us who have experienced this devastating problem. We have this and you have some other issue…..life is just full of medical challenges!

    Here are some medical facts about libido: Most libido is chemical. It is related to the amount of testosterone, a hormone made in ovaries, in women and testicles in men. Women begin to lose their testosterone around 40 and it becomes obvious around age 45. We lose our sexual desire and no longer have sexual thoughts, stop have sex with our partners who we love, and even discussion of sex becomes unappealing. Our bodies respond to the loss of testosterone with an increasing waist-line, poor sleep, loss of muscles, loss of motivation, increase in depression and anxiety. This happens up to 10 years before menopause! Menopause is a lack of a different hormone, estradiol.

    Men are rapidly decreasing in age when their testosterone reaches critical level–less than 400 ng total testosterone and less than 129 Free Testosterone are the levels when sexual performance, and sexual desire becomes diminished. Ten years ago the average of loss of libido in men was 55. Now it is 45. We as physicians are not sure why that is true, but suspect pollution of our environment is decreasing the testosterone levels and fertility among men during the last generation.

    The changes that men experience in association with andropause, or loss of testosterone, include loss of mental clarity, loss of exercise stamina, loss of energy, increase in abdominal fat, poor sleep and anxiety. They also describe a loss of morning erections, decrease in the quality of erections (the tumescense) and the length of time they are able to sustain an erection. These problems are just some of the problems related to low testosteronere.

    I take care of both men and women who are in their 40’s -70’s who are happily restored to their youthful libido with addition of bioidentical testosterone pellets that are inserted in their hip every 4-6 months. They have almost no side effects and improve the quality of their lives and relationships.

    If you are looking for an easier answer before you go to a doctor, regular aerobic exercise (you have to sweat!) improves testosterone in both sexes. Losing weight improves the active testosterone (free testosterone) and taking the supplement DIM (di-indolemethane) decreases estrone ("old lady" and "old man" estrogen) which binds up and inactivates testosterone.

    If you are interested in treatment,with testosterone pellets, my practice is BioBalance Health: BioBalance 4 Women and BioBalance 4 Men at http://biobalancehealth.com. We treat patients from all over the world, and I would love to help you.

    Dr. Kathy Maupin MD FACOG
    Founder and Medical Director of BioBalance Health