The more stressful our society gets, the more concerns I have from patients regarding this private matter. There are many reasons people are experiencing low sex drive, including medical problems, medications, stress, lifestyle, and normal aging.
For women, it’s lack of interest, diminished libido, or inability to experience the magic O. For men, it’s premature ejaculation or even erectile dysfunction.
The first question I ask my patients is: Could you be deficient in minerals like iron, zinc, or selenium? All of these affect how testosterone is metabolized, which can majorly affect your sex drive. I check testosterone in both my male and female patients because these levels can tell me a lot, and having too high or too low testosterone can be problematic for both genders.
After 30, there's a natural decline in testosterone for both men and women, which can cause decreased energy, muscle mass, and libido. While there are many supplements on the market for boosting testosterone, I encourage talking to an integrative and functional medicine doctor about these first, as these can pose serious health risks if not monitored properly.
If women want to give their testosterone levels (and thus, their sex drive) a boost, try these natural and healthy tweaks you can make to your diet and daily routine.