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.
Ensure that you are:
Increasing certain foods in your diet can provide you with nutrients to boost your libido:
Womankind Premenstrual: Containing vitamin B6 and Shatavari to promote energy and support the nervous system, psychological function as well as regulating of hormonal activity.
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].
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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