Ladies, have you lost interest in intimacy with your husband? You are not alone. As women age their hormones begin to decline, and unfortunately low libido can be a side effect. Other symptoms of hormone decline include trouble sleeping, brain fog, weight gain, joint pain, headaches, fatigue, anxiety and depressed moods. Please don’t lose hope, because there is something you can do to restore your libido and bring the romance back into your relationship.
How Women’s Hormones Affect Libido
It’s important to know that low libido can also happen at other points in a woman’s life that affect hormone balance, such as after a hysterectomy, tubal ligation or childbirth. Take a look at how the decline and imbalance in the various hormones affects your libido:
Testosterone, known as the hormone of desire, has the strongest effect on libido. It’s the primary driver of libido in both men and women. In women of reproductive age, testosterone levels peak at ovulation, stimulating a woman’s desire for sex. As women age, their testosterone levels begin to decline. When women undergo a total hysterectomy, they immediately lose 50 percent of their circulating testosterone.
Too much or too little estrogen can have an effect on moods which can contribute to low libido. Estrogen raises levels of the mood-boosting neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and beta–endorphins. When estrogen is not balanced by progesterone, it can be overstimulating, leading to irritability, anxiety and insomnia.
During the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (the 12 days following ovulation), sex drive and pleasure in sex tend to rise, partly due to rising levels of progesterone during that time. As women age, less progesterone is produced, which can cause hormone imbalance and infertility. In younger women, this can happen due to stress, poor diet and over-exercising.
Thyroid and cortisol hormones that are out of balance can directly affect libido, or can indirectly affect it by impacting sex hormone production and activity. Hypothyroidism can cause fatigue which also affects libido
The stress of adrenal fatigue can cause low libido. If a woman has been living with stress for a long time, then her adrenal glands are unable to make enough cortisol to keep up with the body’s demands, causing fatigue and also affecting the other hormones.
Put the Spark Back in Your Love Life
Are you ready to put that spark back in your love life? The key to improving low libido caused by hormone deficiency is to supplement with bioidentical hormones to restore hormone levels to those of a healthy young woman. Take our hormone symptom checker quiz to find out if hormone imbalance could be the cause of your low libido.
At the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we believe that you deserve a doctor and a team of professionals to coach you onto a path of health and wellness naturally, without the use of pharmaceutical drugs, so that you can enjoy a better quality of life. We identify the cause of your symptoms and help restore your health naturally. We specialize in bioidentical hormones that are identical to the hormones made by your body. It’s simply a matter of replacing what’s missing. Replenishing your hormones will help not only improve your libido, but restore your energy and vitality.