Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Low Libido - Hormonal Imbalance

Low libido is a common, but rarely discussed symptom of hypothyroidism. According to a Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) study released in February, 1999, about 43% of women and 31% of men suffer sexual inadequacy for one reason or another. The reasons cited included low desire, performance anxiety, premature ejaculation and/or pain during intercourse. Interestingly, this study is thought to actually underestimate the real level of sexual dysfunction in the U.S.
While the study didn't look at the specific physical causes of sexual dysfunction, the research indicated that many of the sexual issues were likely treatable, being attributable to health issues. These health concerns can include common hormonal imbalances such as hypothyroidism.
For some, this condition can cause real distress. In both men and women sexual dysfunction or disinterest may cause depression, frustration, low self esteem and stress. It can also have a deleterious effect on relationships. If it is not a concern for those involved, there is no need to take action. However, if you have struggled with a low libido, there is no need to continue suffering. The condition is most likely treatable and you can take some simple, proactive steps to combat the condition.
Steps:
Have your hormones tested. Find out if you have a hormonal imbalance. Testosterone, estrogen and progesterone levels have a direct effect on the libido along with the thyroid and adrenal glands.
Get a thorough physical. Low sex drive may be the result of other health conditions. Diabetes and hypertension/high blood pressure can cause low sex drive in both women and men. Depression, lack of exercise or your medications may also be having a negative effect on your libido.
Consider your thoughts and attitudes about sex. You may find underlying beliefs are the source. Once you have ruled out physical reasons consider your attitude towards your sexuality. Inhibition and shame may be affecting your libido. Explore those issues with yourself or with your partner. Communication can do wonders.
Determine a course of action with your practitioner Talk with your practitioner to create a course of action.
Hormone treatment as a solution:
o Hormone treatment for men. Although there's a clear link between testosterone production and male libido, researchers have yet to discover the exact nature of the connection. If a man's hormone level is clearly below normal, testosterone supplements can make a noticeable difference in his libido. On the other hand, supplements seem to have no effect on men whose natural testosterone is already within a normal range. The impact of testosterone supplements on men who have borderline or low-normal hormone levels is still unknown. Although desire wanes with age, this problem doesn't seem to be linked to declining testosterone.
o Hormone treatment for women. Many people don't realize that women also produce testosterone naturally, and this hormone affects libido in women as it does in men. The natural decline of testosterone that accompanies aging can affect a woman's sexual responsiveness. As a result, some doctors prescribe testosterone, in additional to estrogen and progestogen therapy.

3 comments:

  1. I was on the synthetic drugs for hypothyroidism and it didn't work for me.I now take 4 of the dessicated bovine thyroid and my blood work looks good.

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  2. Low libido problems can stem from medical conditions which are out of your hands. You need to speak frankly and openly with your medical doctor who can aid in developing a treatment plan to address this issue.

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  3. I have found that low libido can be improved with certain over the counter medication

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