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Natural Support Strategies to Maintain a Healthy Libido

Tuesday, December 21st 2021 10:00am 13 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

A low libido has a dramatic effect on your life. It is your sexual drive and desire. Many factors may negatively impact your libido, including brain function, hormonal health, mental state, medications you take, and stress. A low libido can interfere with your relationship with your loved one and cause many personal resentments. Fortunately, there are some natural support strategies to help keep your libido healthy.

Let’s take a look at what your libido is and its neurochemistry, symptoms of low libido, and the root causes of a low libido as well as ways to return to a healthy level.

What is your libido?

Libido is your sex drive. It is behind your desire for sex, and it is impacted by a variety of both external and internal factors. It can be affected by brain function and health, hormones, stress, medications, even changes in your mental state.

According to a 2019 study published in Brain and Behavior, men and women have similar neuropathways of libido, which are the spinal, cerebral, and other systems of the body. Libido is both an emotional drive for sex and a physical drive for sex. It helps a body, both men and women, become prepared for the sexual act.

Natural fluctuations are normal. However, low libido that continues for lengthy periods is not typically normal. This can strain your intimate relationship as well as your emotional, mental, and physical health. Conversely, an overly active libido can be problematic as well. Both conditions can indicate neurological or hormonal issues.

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