While it’s well known that chronic stress isn’t good for us, we may not realize the toll it takes on libido. Because the body interprets ongoing stress as life threatening, it naturally prioritizes survival over reproduction or pleasure. In today’s world, many women are simply worn out as a result of balancing job, marriage, our unprecedented times, caring for aging parents and young children. In short, an exhausted woman does not have the energy for intimacy! Encouraging her partner to help with basic household chores such as dishes, laundry, grocery shopping, and caring for kids can go a long way toward lightening her load and improving her libido. As a result of the emotional load many women carry, testing for neurotransmitter imbalances is essential in cases of low libido.
Neurotransmitters are responsible for regulating aspects of mood, cognition, and behavior including sexual motivation and reward seeking. Excitatory neurotransmitters like dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, and glutamate stimulate sexual desire and arousal, while inhibitory neurotransmitters like GABA and serotonin facilitate sexual reward and satiety. Decreased libido can be the result of reduced excitatory activity OR increased inhibitory activity.
Testing for and treating neuroendocrine imbalance is important but remember some of the other common reasons for low libido: medications (such as anti-depressants or blood pressure medication), drug and alcohol abuse, relationship issues, history of trauma and being overweight. Also, a sedentary lifestyle is known to contribute to a lackluster sex drive. Exercise will build energy and stamina, both contributors to libido.
Start simple. It is a urine and saliva test that can be done at home. A kit with a prepaid shipping label can be mailed to your home.
A Sanesco NeuroLab Complete Profile is an easy way to evaluate patients with low libido as it measures sex hormones, adrenal function and neurotransmitter balance. Re-establishing neuroendocrine balance is one of the first steps I use to help my patients find their way back to a healthy and enjoyable sex life.
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