Low Libido Hormone Treatment – Dallas, TX
Get the Urge Back
If you want to have sex less often than your partner does, neither one of you is necessarily outside the norm for people at your stage in life — although your differences may cause distress. Similarly, even if your sex drive is weaker than it once was, your relationship may be stronger than ever. Bottom line: there is no magic number to define low sex drive. It varies from person to person. But, if your low sex drive is causing you stress, there are ways we can help here at Designs for Wellness.
Why Choose Designs for Wellness for Low Libido Hormone Treatment?
- Able to Help Men, Women, Transgendered, & Non-Binary Patients
- Treatments Designed to Work with the Body, Not Change It
- Proven Solutions without Drugs or Surgery
Low Sex Drive – a Natural Challenge
Low sex drive can be very difficult for you and your partner. It's natural to feel frustrated or sad if you aren't able to be as sexy and romantic as you want — or you used to be. At the same time, low sex drive can make your partner feel rejected, which can lead to conflicts and strife. And, this type of relationship turmoil can further reduce the desire for sex.
A woman's desire for sex is based on a complex interaction of many components affecting intimacy, including physical wellbeing, emotional wellbeing, experiences, beliefs, lifestyle and their current relationship. If you're experiencing a problem in any of these areas, it can affect your sexual desire.
A man’s desire for sex is also based on many factors. Testosterone levels vary greatly among men. In general, however, older men tend to have lower testosterone levels than younger men. Testosterone levels gradually decline throughout adulthood — about 1 percent a year after age 30 on average.
Biological and Medical Causes for Low Libido
A wide range of illnesses, physical changes, and medications can cause a low sex drive, including:
- If you experience pain during sex, an inability to orgasm, or erectile dysfunction, it can hamper your desire for sex.
- Numerous nonsexual diseases can also affect the desire for sex, including arthritis, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and neurological diseases.
- Many prescription medications — including some antidepressants and anti-seizure medications — are notorious libido killers.
- A glass of wine may make you feel amorous, but too much alcohol can spoil your sex drive; the same is true for street drugs.
- Any surgery related to your breasts or your genital tract can affect your body image, sexual function, and desire for sex.
- The exhaustion of caring for aging parents or young children can also contribute to a low sex drive.
Hormonal Causes for Low Libido
Both men and women experience drops in libido due to hormones.
For women, estrogen levels drop during the transition to menopause. This can cause decreased interest in sex and dryer vaginal tissues, resulting in painful or uncomfortable sex. At the same time, women may also experience a decrease in the hormone testosterone, which boosts sex drive in men and women alike. Although many women continue to have satisfying sex during menopause and beyond, some women experience a lagging libido during this hormonal change.
Hormone changes during pregnancy, right after having a baby, and during breast-feeding can put a damper on someone’s sex drive. Of course, hormones aren't the only factor affecting intimacy during these times. Fatigue, changes in body image, and the pressures of carrying — or caring for — a new baby can all contribute to changes in your sexual desire.
For men, a blood test is the only way to diagnose a low testosterone level or a reduction in the availability of testosterone. Some men have a lower than normal testosterone level without signs or symptoms. In this case, no treatment is needed. For others, low testosterone might cause changes in sexual function, sleep patterns, emotions, and the body’s fat distribution.
Psychological Causes for Low Libido
There are many psychological causes of a low sex drive, including:
- Anxiety or depression
- Stress, such as financial stress or work stress
- Poor body image
- Low self-esteem
- History of physical or sexual abuse
Other Causes for Low Libido
Emotional closeness, especially for women, is an essential prelude to sexual intimacy. So, problems in your relationship can be a major factor when it comes to a low sex drive. Decreased interest in sex is often a result of ongoing issues as well, including:
- Unresolved conflicts or fights
- Poor communication of sexual needs and preferences
- Infidelity or breach of trust
We’re Ready to Help You
When you visit our office, be candid about your sexual concerns. Feel free to bring them up, there is no need to feel embarrassed. This topic is perfectly appropriate, in fact, it is clearly understood in modern society that your sexual satisfaction is a vital part of your overall health and wellbeing.
Take a moment to think about:
- What could be causing my problem?
- Will my level of desire ever get back to what it once was?
- What lifestyle changes can I make to improve my situation?
We also ask that you:
- Take note of any sexual problems you're experiencing, including when and how often you usually encounter them.
- Make a list of your key medical information, including any conditions for which you're being treated, and the names of all medications, vitamins, or supplements you're taking. For example, antidepressants such as paroxetine (also known by the names Paxil and Pexeva) and fluoxetine (also known as Prozac and Sarafem) often lower sex drive. Switching to bupropion (also known as Aplenzin or Wellbutrin) — a different variety of antidepressant — usually improves sex drive.
- Consider questions to ask us and write them down. Bring along notepaper and a pen to jot down information as we address your questions.
Some basic questions to think about before your visit:
- Do you have trouble becoming aroused?
- Do you experience vaginal dryness?
- Are you able to have an orgasm?
- Do you have any pain or discomfort during sex?
- How much distress do you feel about your sexual concerns?
- How long have you experienced this problem?
- Are you still having menstrual periods?
- Have you ever been treated for cancer?
- Have you had any surgeries?
- What medications or vitamin supplements do you take?
What Treatments are Available for Low Libido in Women?
Hormone therapy treatments are available for you at Designs for Wellness. Estrogen delivered throughout your whole body — using a pill, patch, injection, gel, or pellet — can have a positive effect on brain function and mood factors that affect sexual response. Smaller doses of estrogen — in the form of a vaginal cream or a slow-releasing suppository or ring that you place in your vagina — can increase blood flow to the vagina and help improve desire without the risks associated with systemic estrogen. In some cases, a combination of estrogen and progesterone may be necessary. Testosterone also plays an important role in female sexual function, even though it occurs in much lower amounts in women than in men.
Other Treatments for Low Libido
Counseling with a sex therapist or counselor skilled in addressing sexual concerns can help with low sex drive. Therapy often includes education about sexual response, techniques, and recommendations for reading materials or couples' exercises.
Healthy lifestyle changes can make a big difference in your desire for sex, too, such as:
- Regular aerobic exercise and strength training can increase your stamina, improve your body image, elevate your mood, and boost your libido.
- Finding a better way to cope with work stress, financial stress, and daily hassles can enhance your sex drive.
- Couples who learn to communicate in an open, honest way usually maintain a stronger emotional connection, which can lead to better sex.
- Communicating about sex is also important. Talking about your likes and dislikes can set the stage for greater sexual intimacy.
- Scheduling sex into your calendar may seem contrived and boring. But, making intimacy a priority can help put your sex drive back on track.
- Try a different sexual position, a different time of day, or a different location for sex. If you and your partner are open to experimentation, sex toys and fantasy can help rekindle your sexual sizzle.
- Try not to focus all of your attention on sex. Instead, spend some time nurturing yourself and your relationship. Go for a long walk. Get a little extra sleep. Kiss your partner goodbye before you head out the door. Make a date night at your favorite restaurant. Feeling good about yourself and your partner can often be the best foreplay.