Maintaining healthy libido is important to both male and females but is often a topic that most patients shy away from. ‘It’s an interesting hidden problem’ says Louanne Cole Weston, PhD.
Weston is a marriage and family therapist and board-certified sex therapist in Fair Oaks Califonia. Conventional wisdom is that women have a low libido and the men’s sex drive is stuck in overdrive. Many surveys have proven that low libido effect more men than woman.
The loss of sexual desire may affect 30 – 40 % of individuals, but despite the prevalence of this condition, it has no medical treatments. In functional medicine special phytonutrient blends may offer a way to potentially restore a person’s sexual desire and arousal safely with limited side effects.
Hormones may play a critical role in low sex drive.
Estrogen deficiency may lead to dryness and painful intercourse. Systemic effects of estrogen loss include hot flushes, poor sleep, mood disturbance all of which impact negatively on sexual function.
Adrenals and ovaries produce androgens and play an important role in sexual desire and arousal. Levels decline with age, at age 40 the levels decline to almost half the levels present at 20. Data demonstrate a correlation between low testosterone levels and decreased libido in pre and postmenopausal women as well as those with androgen deficiency.
Decrease in testosterone may be a result of stress, lack of exercise, weight gain, poor diet and cigarette smoking. Loss of sexual desire may result in 1 of 5 men
Blood tests are important investigations to determine the deficient hormones and phytonutrients such as Fenugreek, Tribulus, and Zinc Magnesium are given to the patient to help improve libido.
DNA tests are more advanced tests done to improve levels of deficient hormones.