During menopause it is common for a woman to experience a loss of libido. While this symptom, compared to hot flashes or night sweats, seems like a symptom you can live with, that does not mean you should accept your decrease in sex drive. Having a healthy libido is very important for your health.
Regular sex can help a woman to stay fit. It can also relieve stress and improve your mood. Not only is a healthy libido good for your overall well-being, it is very important for your relationship with your partner. Read on to learn four easy steps you can take to boost your libido.
Herbal remedies have been used to treat low libido for many years, and are finally getting the recognition that they deserve from the medical community. Herbs like ginkgo biloba and ginseng have a rich tradition in this line of work and may also work for you. They are available from most health food shops and can be eaten raw or easily boiled into a tea.
Eat Well and Exercise
There are lots of factors that can cause a reduced libido, including poor diet and leading a sedentary lifestyle. These two factors not only decrease overall energy, but can trigger numerous menopause symptoms, including decreased sex drive. To combat this feeling, it is necessary to eat well, which means keeping well hydrated and eating lots of whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables. It is also important to exercise regularly, which will have a positive impact on overall health.
High stress levels can lower your sex drive. Although stress can be brought on by demanding workloads or family problems, it is often exacerbated, sometimes leading to sleepless nights and fatigue. An easy way to de-stress is by making sure you aim for eight hours of sleep every night. Stress is a lot easier to deal with when your body and mind are both well rested.
Sometimes, even when introducing healthy habits into your life, you may still experience menopause symptoms that make intercourse painful or uncomfortable. In this case, it is important to seek a medical professional to help you treat your symptoms. Since it takes time for some treatments to work, it may be a good idea to consider alternatives to sex, which encourage intimacy between you and your partner.
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