There are many reasons for loss of libido ranging from hormone imbalance to emotional stress and Dr Shirley Bond and I used to address this issue often in our menopause seminars.
We would offer practical advice ranging from supplementing with bioidentical progesterone to the plain fact that in long-term relationships the boredom factor can set in.
As we no longer give seminars, I was delighted to find a book that offers the same practical help from not one, but two acknowledged experts. ‘The Sex Drive Solution for Women’ by Virginia Hopkins and Jennifer Landa, MD combines the experience of a medical doctor with that of a bioidentical expert who worked closely with the late John Lee, MD the pioneer of progesterone cream usage.
These two women, like many of us, juggles a busy life and their approach to restoring libido includes the happy side effects of weight loss and increased energy. It is written in a direct, down-to-earth style and among the range of topics they cover are:
▪ The “Genital Zones” plus what can go wrong and how to fix it.
▪ Libido-boosting herbs and supplements.
▪ How to have great sex after menopause
▪ Oxytocin, the cuddle and bonding hormone.
▪ How using bioidentical hormones can help
▪ Drugs that sabotage your sex life.
▪ How to revive the bored libido.
▪ Mindfulness and sensuality.
▪ Sex after childbirth and children.
▪ The fluctuating forties.
▪ The Libido Quiz.
▪ What if it’s him not me?’
Progesterone is the key hormone behind sex drive in women so achieving hormone balance if you are oestrogen dominant is the best place to start getting back on track. If you are oestrogen dominant then rebalancing with progesterone-only Serenity is the first stop, but if you also have signs of low oestrogen such as vaginal dryness then a combined cream such as 20-1 will be better
Remember there can be many reasons for a drop in libido that and they may be physical, mental and/or emotional. Tackling the stress behind relationship strains is also a good place to find the deeper reasons for any change in your sex drive.
Stress impacts all our physical functions without exception including your libido, and other essential functions such as getting a good night’s sleep.