Women going through menopause frequently report low levels of libido. Thankfully, there are a number of treatments available to combat low libido.
Natural Treatments for Low Libido
There are a variety of treatments available to help improve libido and sex drive.
Many women find incorporating a few lifestyle changes into their schedule can work wonders on their libido. Libido can be improved by the following:
- Regular exercise
- Add yams and soy into your diet
- Relaxing hobbies (e.g., yoga, painting, reading, beachcombing)
- Visit a counselor or sex therapist
For those who need more than lifestyle changes to treat low libido, there are also a number of natural treatments to enhance libido. Treatments made with phytoestrogenic and hormone-regulating herbal supplements have been shown to increase libido, while treating other symptoms of menopause.
Always remember when considering herbal supplements that they are a mild form of medication. As such, they may have side effects, or may interact negatively with any medications you're currently taking. Always remember to do your research before trying herbal remedies.
Medical Treatments for Low Libido
There are also some other ways to deal with low libido. The following methods should not be pursued without a detailed consultation with your doctor.
If low libido is caused by vaginal dryness and discomfort, it can be solved by prescription medications. These help treat low libido by increasing blood flow to the vagina, which in turn helps increase lubrication and relax the vaginal muscles. There are also over the counter vaginal creams, moisturizers, and lubricants that can help you deal with this problem.
Hormone replacement therapy
This treatment, also known as HRT, does exactly what its name suggests: it replaces hormones your body is no longer able to produce. The hormones that need replacing are also often the culprits of low libido, and HRT can help increase libido.
Before considering HRT, be aware that it has been linked with some health problems, including:
- Breast cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Heart disease
- Blood clots
Before choosing any treatment, it's always important to have a frank discussion about the pros and cons of each treatment with your doctor.
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