If your sex drive seems to have driven away, leaving you feeling flat, you should know that this issue, while quite frustrating and difficult, certainly isn't uncommon. In fact, low libido is an extremely common complaint, especially in men and women who have reached age 40 and beyond – although it can happen at any time of life. In most cases, hormonal imbalances or deficiencies are at the root of the problem – issues that can often be successfully treated with bio identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
Female Sex Hormones: How Imbalances Can Affect Sex Drive
In women, disturbances in levels and ratios of female sex hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, often affect sex drive. A variety of situations can cause these types of hormonal imbalances, including excessive or chronic stress, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and use of oral contraceptives. However, the most common underlying cause is the menopausal transition, as production of all three of these vital hormones diminishes in preparation for the onset of full menopause.
During this transition hormone levels often fluctuate erratically, causing levels and ratios to change day to day or even hour to hour. This gives rise to a wide variety of hormonal symptoms, and among the most common of these are several that can interfere with sex drive, including:
- Discomfort or pain during sex due to vaginal dryness and/or thinning of vaginal walls, which can be caused by low estrogen levels or an imbalanced progesterone/estrogen ratio
- Diminishing testosterone levels leading to less interest in sex as well as less intense orgasms and/or more trouble in achieving them at all
Men, Low Testosterone, and Low Libido
In men, the issue behind low sex drive is typically low levels of testosterone, the primary male sex hormone. While various medications and health issues can cause low testosterone earlier in life, it most often becomes an issue after age 40 due to a natural slowing of testosterone production – commonly called andropause. While this hormonal shift occurs in all men as they reach middle age, with testosterone levels falling by about 1 to 2 percent every year, some men experience more drastic drops in levels than others, resulting in testosterone deficiency.
Among the most common symptoms of low testosterone are sexual problems, including diminished interest in sex and difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection.
Restoring Balance – And Sex Drive – With BHRT
If you're having trouble with low sex drive, you already know that it is a problem that can take quite a toll on your quality of life, as well as your relationship with your partner. The good news is that in many cases, hormonal imbalances or deficiencies are the source of this problem, and getting tested for these hormonal issues is easy – a simple matter of a few blood tests to measure your hormone levels.
If hormones are indeed the issue, BHRT can help. By gently restoring your sex hormones back to optimal levels that promote health, well-being, and vitality, you can restore your sex drive to optimal levels as well. This can be done effectively with BHRT – a form of hormone replacement therapy that uses natural hormones, identical to those produced by your own body - to correct hormonal imbalances.