Many women who are suffering from sexual problems always shy from discussing it. However, it is a part of life that we cannot just ignore. A reduced sex drive can be very frustrating and a number of problems, from depression to physical disorders, could be to blame.
Let’s discuss the factors that affect your libido:
Brain: The brain triggers and regulates sexual desires and therefore is at the core of ‘sexuality fitness’. Stress and depression also can reduce sexual activities too. Stress can attack your sex life on many levels. One of the biggest is via hormones. Chronic stress can cause your body to produce too much of the hormone cortisol, which can lower your libido.
Parenting: Parenting can also even affect sex life. While taking care of your baby, you often don’t find the zeal, time or energy to get intimate with your partner.
Less sleep: Sleep not only impacts your desire for sex, but also affects your fertility. A consistent sleep pattern is another vital factor for boosting your sex life. According to research just one hour of extra sleep per night increases the odds that a woman will have sex with her partner by 14 percent. Researchers believe that fewer sleeping hours can trigger the production of the stress hormone cortisol which plays a major role in reducing the testosterone levels.
Birth control: Unwanted pregnancy can effect on sex drive when it leads to taking hormonal contraceptives. Hormonal contraceptives like birth control pills or the patch, stop the ovaries’ production of testosterone. Contraception has changed female sexuality. The possibility of sex without pregnancy is taken for granted by most women and facilitates sexual availability.
Menopause: Menopause can negatively affect libido in several ways. During menopause, your testosterone and estrogen levels both decrease, which may make it more difficult for you to get aroused. A decrease in estrogen can also lead to vaginal dryness. Lower levels of estrogen lead to a drop in blood supply in the vagina, which can then negatively affect vaginal lubrication.
Article By: Dr. Himani