Boost Your Libido
Libido can be a real problem for many individuals.
According to Healthline, there are many common causes of low libido - these include hormone deficiencies, inadequate sleep, low self-esteem, depression and more.
Low libido can be especially problematic if it's causing a rift in your relationship. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can boost your libido.
Diet & Lifestyle Changes
Did you know there are foods you can add to your diet to boost your libido?
Eat More Seeds
According to Dr. Emily, ND, eating different types of seeds, especially flaxseed, can boost libido. This is especially true when eaten during certain phases of your monthly cycle.
The idea is that adding specific seeds to your diet can balance your estrogen and progesterone levels over time. Basically, if you're concerned about hormone levels then you might want to consider learning more about seed cycling.
Increase Your Chocolate Intake
You probably already know that chocolate is considered an aphrodisiac because it can stimulate feelings of passion and love.
But did you know that dark chocolate has many amazing benefits that can be linked to sex drive? According to How Stuff Works dark chocolate contains antioxidants and caffeine, both of which increase blood flow. In turn, these nutrients can help to boost your libido.
Stress Less & Talk More
Consequently, stress can kill a good time whether it's related to sex or not. Engaging in self-care, meditation, or visiting with a therapist can help ease tension. Implementing one or more of these strategies can help you feel more in control and at ease. Feeling relaxed is essential for getting busy.
However, some people report that stress about having sex is actually a huge part of the problem. Communicating with your partner about sensitive topics like sex can be really hard.
This is why some experts suggest having regular conversations about sex with your partner. During these sex talks, you can explore ways of pleasing each other and what feels uncomfortable. This Psychology Today article offers 14 prompts to help you get the conversation started.
As you probably already know, exercise is promoted as a cure for just about everything. So it's not surprising that it can also boost your libido.
Getting your heart pumping can help build confidence, improve health, and increase energy levels. You can thank your endorphins for all those high vibe feelings.
Not sure what exercises to start with? Doctor Naveed Saleh, MD, MS recommends specific types of exercise including yoga, swimming, walking, Kegels, and strength training.
If basic lifestyle changes don't seem to do the trick you may need to ask for advice from a professional.
Acupuncture to Boost your Libido
In the article, Acupuncture Helps Boost Your Sex Drive, Sex Life, and Pleasure, Meryl Davids Landau shares how acupuncture is one holistic option to consider.
The article references a recent study where acupuncture made an impact on libido.
"By the end of the study, women reported improved libidos while men experienced improvement in multiple sexual functions, including erection, the timing of ejaculation, and the ability to orgasm."
Essentially the idea is that traditional Chinese medicine can restore qi and balance your hormones. In turn, these shifts allow your sexual energy to flow with ease.
Visit a Doctor
Most importantly, if you've tried making changes but the problem persists it may be time to consult with your physician.
This article from the world-renowned Mayo Clinic explains the benefits of interventions, such as hormone therapy and prescription medications.
The article mentions a range of options starting with lifestyle changes like exercise, reducing stress, and setting aside time for intimacy and then goes into the more invasive options.
Most importantly you should know that there is no shame in asking for help if you are serious about increasing your sex drive.
Some questions that the article mentions would be helpful to ask your doctor include:
- Do you have any sexual concerns?
- Has your interest in sex changed?
- Do you have trouble becoming aroused?
- Do you experience vaginal dryness?
- Are you able to have an orgasm?
Once your doctor understands the root of your problem he or she will be better equipped to help you devise a treatment plan.
Boost Your Libido to Improve Your Quality of Life
We understand that struggles with low libido are personal. At nixit, we’re here to provide support, community, and education on ways to make healthy choices that support your body.
We’re here to listen and give you a space to share your personal stories.
We believe that it’s OK to talk about low libido and difficulties that come up in the bedroom.