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Low Libido (Female)

Many women will pass off low libido as the inevitable effects of ageing or changes in their body, but with natural ways to support your health, this doesn’t have to be the case.

What is low libido?

Low libido is sometimes called Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). While it’s entirely normal for sexual desire to fluctuate, women with HSDD will usually experience a lack of sexual desire for six months or more.

Common conditions and physical causes of low libido or HSDD can include:

Certain medicines can negatively affect sex drive including certain antidepressants for example. However, please do not stop taking antidepressants without a doctor’s approval. Emotional causes of HSDD include having a history of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem or trust issues within a relationship.

Lifestyle changes help improve libido

Ensure that you are:

Dietary suggestions for low libido

Increasing certain foods in your diet can provide you with nutrients to boost your libido:

Supplements suggestions for low libido

Love Potion by The Organic Pharmacy: is a tincture which combines the powerful libido boosting extracts of Damiana, Oats, Schisandra, Ginseng and Maca[x].

Maca Root 500mg - Organic: Recent studies found maca led to significant improvement in sexual functioning in postmenopausal women[xi].

Womankind Premenstrual: Containing vitamin B6 and Shatavari to promote energy and support the nervous system, psychological function as well as regulating of hormonal activity.

Cordyceps Mushroom 500mg - Organic: There is a growing body of evidence that shows cordyceps supplementation improves sex drive in women[xii].

Organic Fermented Ashwagandha: Research supports use of ashwagandha, in one study women who took a dose of the plant ashwagandha every day over a month saw significant improvements in sexual arousal[xiii].

Wholistic Shatavari: Shatavari is the most popular Ayurvedic herb used for the menopausal transition, infact, shatavari is most famous for its libido-enhancing effects[xiv].

Zinc 15mg: The use of zinc supplementation has been shown to significantly improve sexual desire and arousal[xv].

Testing suggestion for low libido

DUTCH test: this dried urine test looks at your hormone levels and their metabolites. This would be the go-to for working out hormonal issues. It includes sex hormones, cortisol and DHEA which helps to evaluate stress levels felt throughout the day which may be contributing to your symptoms.

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