by Dr. Tracy Gilbert, HBA, MA, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
Low libido in women is one of the most common conditions I see in my naturopathic practice. Stress, hormone imbalances, busy lifestyles, environmental toxins, and processed foods all have a negative impact on a woman’s sex drive. However, there is hope! Follow these simple steps to reawaken your desire:
- Check your adrenals – The adrenals are the little glands that sit above the kidneys that pump out stress hormones. With chronic or daily stress, the adrenals become exhausted and cause fatigue, irritability, low libido, weight gain, low testosterone, PMS and/or menopausal symptoms, and much more! A simple urine test (called the Koenisburg test) with a Naturopathic Doctor can determine if your adrenals are contributing to your problems with libido.
- Try rhodiola – Rhodiola is my absolute favorite herb for women! This safe and gentle plant has been found to boost libido, increase energy, reduce stress and anxiety, improve concentration, and support the adrenal glands. It is available in capsule form and has no known interactions with medications.
- Increase cardiovascular exercise – Exercise is essential for a healthy sex drive. Exercise helps to increase testosterone levels, reduce stress, improve circulation to the sex organs, increase energy, and improve self-esteem – all of which can have a powerful impact on boosting libido!
- Take mini-vacations – With today’s busy lifestyles and never ending to-do lists, it’s more important than ever to take mini-breaks to relax and rejuvenate. Don’t wait for a holiday that comes only once or twice a year – instead, integrate little getaways into your monthly schedule. Try one night away, a night in a local hotel, or simply a scheduled afternoon of self-indulgence – these simple escapes can help to reduce your stress and restore not only your libido, but also your health!