Millions of people feel uncomfortable talking about their struggle with low or no sex drive. Most of them are too embarrassed to talk about it even with their partners.
Loss of sexual desire (libido) or decreased sex drive is a common problem faced by many men and women at some point in their life. Normally, libido slows with age for both women and men. Low sex drive is not based solely on the frequency of sexual intimacy but on how strong your emotional relationship is.
If you are the one seeking to regain your sex drive, here are some tips for you to boost your libido and reignite your relationship with your partner.
Identify the Cause of the Problem
People feel that a low libido or decreased sex drive is a part of aging and normal. But, a lot of factors, from your hormones to your medications and your lifestyle affect your libido.
Whatever may be the reason for your low sex drive, it is essential to first identify the root cause of your problem to find a remedy and restore your relationship.
Add These Foods to Your Diet
You don’t need to resort to any exotic foods to boost your sex drive. Foods like spinach and dark green vegetables, red peppers, bananas, figs, walnuts, avocados, watermelon, green tea, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate are considered libido-boosting foods, or aphrodisiacs.
These foods are also rich in vitamins and minerals and help increase the blood flow to the genitals and promote a healthy sex life.
Less sleep lowers your desire for sex. We all know that poor sleep makes us less focused on our work. The same is true for your sexual life too. Lack of sleep boosts your stress levels and suppresses the production of sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone which can lead to decreased sex drive, or erectile dysfunction in men.
Pregnancy and menopause can also cause sleep disorders or insomnia, lowering some women’s interest in sex due to fatigue, stress, or depression. Sleep also impacts immunity and health, which can lower fertility in both men and women.
Plan for more than eight hours each night and take naps when you can. If you wake up tired in the morning, it’s likely a sign that you need more sleep.
Sexual health and the quality of sleep share a deep connection. Good sleep also enables your body to regulate its hormones and boost sexual desire.
Communicate with your partner
Repeated quarrels, lack of trust, and criticism may create a relationship that lacks closeness and intimacy. Not only your physical and mental health but also the health of your relationship, have an impact on your sex drive.
Communication in relationships can be difficult and it can be tough to discuss these concerns with your partner.
But, remember that an open and honest conversation with your partner about your sexual concerns can lead to a sense of emotional closeness and can strengthen your relationship.
Emphasize your love for your partner and be bold in your efforts to discuss any underlying problems that could affect sexual desire and need to be addressed.
Consult Your Doctor
Do you have any health issues?
Are you on medication?
If so, it’s time to see your doctor as they are likely to affect your sex desire.
A wide range of medical conditions like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can adversely affect libido and so is the case with medications too. Drugs like anti-depressants, blood pressure medications, and painkillers, etc., can diminish the sexual drive.
Talk with your doctor about potential alternatives to your medications and be diligent about regular medical check-ups
There is no single remedy for low libido. It’s best to find out the cause for your low libido and make changes in your lifestyle accordingly to recapture the magic and get your love life back on track.
But if you find your lack of desire for sex is distressing or affecting your relationship, the best solution is to seek professional help.