Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Low Libido, Menopause and Womens Health

Why do women suffer from low libido? Is it hormones, weight gain or both? Let’s explore natural treatments that work.

Low libido; if you’re a woman and suffer from low sex drive or libido you are not alone. Research suggests that more than 40 per cent of women worldwide report lack of or low libido, making it the commonest female sexual complaint. Low libido in women is a very person and delicate topic, which is why many women don’t do anything about it. Or, they try to seek answers but are told there is not much you can do about it – it’s “normal”. But is low libido in women normal? I think not! Low libido is something that every woman should actively seek answers to. There are natural treatments for low libido that do work. It’s not as simple as a “magic pill” to increase libido, it’s about finding the answers to why your libido is so low, and tailoring a naturopathic treatment plan to rebalance these areas.

First of all, it is important to highlight that low libido is not necessarily a sexual ‘dysfunction’. For many women there are often very good reasons why a woman’s libido may be low, including underlying neurotransmitter weakness, hormonal imbalance, relationship disturbance, physical and emotional issues and stressful life circumstances. This is why finding the cause of your low libido is important – this way we can tailor a natural treatment plan that works!

Health conditions, environmental influences, neurotransmitters and hormonal imbalance can be the cause of low libido in women.
...All cause low libido in women.

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So if you are looking for answers to increase your libido then read on. There is more to kick starting your libido than turning to food as a way to tickle the taste buds and spark up the libido. So before you rush to the grocery store, let’s take a closer look and see exactly what is it that makes your libido lose its mojo.

The number of women with low sex drive is staggering. Hormonal imbalance caused by Menopause, Fibroids, Endometriosis, PCOS and Thyroid imbalance can lead to problems with libido. These women may also experience feelings of isolation and distress that comes from Inhibited sexual desire.

So what causes Low Libido?

Primary low libido
Some women never experience much sexual desire from puberty onwards. This may be caused by neurotransmitter weakness, hormonal imbalance or a combination of both. So let’s take a quick glance at what these two areas are and how they impact your libido.

1) What is Neuro transmitter weakness?

Even though this sounds complicated in its basic form, it simply means you are exhausted and just too darn tired to engage in anything remotely energetic.

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers released from nerve cells that communicate to other nerve cells to control major body functions including movement, emotional response and libido.

The most commonly known neurotransmitters are serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine, acetylcholine, and GABA and histamine.

Great you say, I’ll pop down to the pharmacy and ask for a kilo of it on the way to the grocery store ... it is a little more involved than that!

First of all let’s establish if this is where your libido’s lagging ...

Typical signs and symptoms of neuro transmitter weakness are:
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Urine Frequency
  • Dry mouth
  • Do you have ringing in your ears?
It’s uncommon for a woman to have all of these symptoms. But two or more symptoms suggest that a lab test for blood histamine is in order.

So what can cause low levels?
  • Binge drinking
  • Dried fruits
  • High copper levels – foods such as smoked fish, Soy flour, refined flour, dried.
Most importantly high levels of stress and the daily responsibilities and demands of juggling work and family, financial worries will deplete these important brain chemicals and make it hard enough to smile happily, much less to get in the mood for sex.

What tests are available for establishing exact levels?

Salivary Tests are available through registered practitioners and are designed to establish neurotransmitter imbalances. The great benefit of this is that once deficiencies are established, supplementation to balance the deficiencies becomes easy and your practitioner will be able to dispense a formulation specific to your individual requirements.

So now let’s explore the second major influence ...

2) What are hormones and how do they affect your libido?

Hormones carry messages from glands to cells to maintain chemical levels in the bloodstream that achieve balance or “homeostasis”. Testosterone is an hormone and is one of the key players in your sex drive: it affects interest, arousal, sexual response, lubrication and orgasm. And many women just don’t have enough testosterone.

So why is this so ...?

Firstly, before menopause, our testosterone comes primarily from our ovaries, via their production of progesterone. If your body levels of oestrogen (another hormone) are too high, your body’s production of progresterone will slow down causing testosterone levels to drop.
According to research, high levels of oestrogen may be caused from genetics diet and environmental pollutants. Many common prescription medications, including birth control pills can alter oestrogen levels and influence sexual desire.

Secondly, after menopause testosterone is sourced from the adrenals via the production of a hormone called DHEA.

If we’re under too much stress, though, the adrenals work overtime, favoring cortisol instead of DHEA production. This can lead to low testosterone levels and resultant low libido.

Unfortunately to make things a little more depressing, elevated cortisol levels contribute to weight gain around the middle ... something we can all do without!
Major contributors to hormonal imbalance are:
What tests are available for establishing exact levels?

Salivary hormone test kits are a non-invasive way to assess hormone levels and function within the body - via analysis of a saliva sample and are available through registered practitioners.

The hormones tested provide information about the levels of the bio-available hormones that are active within your body. This information when considered in conjunction with other diagnosis techniques provides valuable information to evaluate the underlying causes of your low libido.

Secondary inhibited sexual desire

Other women enjoy significant levels of sexual desire only to lose interest due to the negative effects of physical, emotional, relationship, sexual and situational factors known as ‘desire inhibitors’.

By reducing or eliminating these inhibiting factors, libido can be boosted in these women. Common inhibitors of desire include fatigue, stress, depression, relationship problems and dissatisfying sexual activity. One of the best courses of action to overcome secondary inhibited sexual desire is to attend relationship counseling. After all, if you don’t like your partner why would you want to have sex with him?

What treatments are available for Lowered Libido?

Here is some great advice from Narelle Stegehuis ND, Leading Naturopath, Researcher, Health Consultant and Founder of Mass Attack. www.massattack.com.au

Firstly I have seen it all, over 10 years of treating and curing women with hormonal imbalances and neurotransmitter weaknesses.

I have treated hundreds of women who suffer from low libido ranging from early 20’s through to post menopause. Many of these women have dealt with this problem over a long period of time, often being told that there was nothing that could be done. Well ladies, there is!

“Symptoms like low libido are your body’s way of telling you there is a problem, ignoring them are not valuing yourself, as a woman or a lover”.

Establishing why you have a lowered sexual desire is the first place to start.

There are a number of options available to you for treatment, being a naturopath I believe strongly the importance of not masking symptoms but looking for the reasons why you feel that way. I then put in place a detailed treatment plan taking into consideration all the facets of your life, history, diet, lifestyle and hormone levels in your body. Also vital is ongoing individual support to get this back on track again.

Here are my steps to increasing your libido naturally

Step 1. Identify what factors and causes are contributing to your low libido.

Step 2. Change your diet to support healthy neurotransmitter and hormonal balance to increase libido.

Step 3. Implement a targeted nutritional treatment plan specifically tailored to your biochemical profile. To support healthy libido.

Step 4. Introduce targeted natural remedies to improve oestrogen , testosterone, progesterone and adrenal hormone balance.

Step 5. Access a professional support network that will guide and help you to change unhealthy lifestyle choices that contribute to your low libido.

While individual results will vary, most women will report significant improvement in libido in 6 to 8 weeks, with improvement in their associated symptoms in the first 2 to 4 weeks.

If you want to take action you can make these small improvements in the right places that improve your health and consequently improve your libido. Even better, you may even lose weight naturally in the process!

Research supports that without guided professional support 82% of women give up on implementing health changing programs. Which is why it is important to seek the guidance and support of a qualified health professional who can help and support you to overcome any obstacles that come your way, and remember they will have the years of experience to pull you through!

By applying my recommendations you will short-cut your success and enhance your chance of romance.

The best approach for you:
  • Book in your FREE Online Naturopathic Review.
  • Commit yourself to a comprehensive natural program with me that will include vitamins, herbs and minerals specifically chosen for you to balance your hormones and improve your libido.
  • Make use of our support network made up of fully registered and accredited health professionals.
So many women have joined my natural program and been successful. The key is to learn the truth about hormones and the truth about the foods that can work against your libido and weight loss efforts.

Give me a call 1300 133 536 or visit my website www.massattack.com.au to get started!