You are here:

Loss of Libido

Dr Ali's essential health for women - Sex

Question

A healthy sex life has immense benefits for our general health and wellbeing, but at some point in our lives, most of us will experience a loss of interest in sex.

Answer

The hypothalamus in the brain is the hormonal headquarters, which controls libido and is very sensitive. It is easily affected by fatigue, stress, worry, poor diet, poor blood flow to the brain, anaemia and also childbirth or being turned off by your partner. A common element of many of these factors is an overwhelming loss of energy. If you are not receiving sufficient nourishment, either through illness or poor eating habits, your energy levels will drop dramatically.

There is absolutely no reason why sex should become a thing of the past as you get older. Using natural phyto-oestrogens, supplements and topical products can overcome post-menopausal symptoms such as vaginal dryness. Try Okasa Gold for women by Pharma Pvt Ltd.

A good diet, regular exercise and massage help keep your energy and stamina levels high and your joints supple, to help retain your enjoyment of lovemaking.

Here are my suggestions:

Diet:

  • Reduce coffee and alcohol, and avoid foods that produce fermentation in the gut, which leads to fatigue: yeast products, excess sugar, blue cheese, vinegar, mushrooms and canned products.
  • Eat a high protein diet, with chicken and fish twice daily to maintain optimum blood pressure and combat fatigue. A simple protein suppolement is ten almonds soaked in water for 24 hours at room temperature, skinned and eaten with a little honey each morning.
  • Massage the skin is a powerful sensory organ that can generate strong emotions when stimulated. Massaging each other can increase mutual attraction and arouse sexual feeling. Vary the effect by pummelling and kneading to stimulate the body, light scratching to gently excite, and stroking with fingertips.

Sexually transmitted infections:

  • Women are more vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) than men because they are more likely to be unaware of internal infections and so may not seek help at an early stage. When untreated infection spreads, it can damage the reproductive system, leading to sterility. Not all STIs are transmitted by sexual contact; personal hygiene plays a part. Also, some matransmitted by sexual contact; personal hygiene plays a part. Also, some ma be passed from mother to child, during pregnancy or birth.
  • One woman in 20 under the age of 30 is thought to have Chlamydia, the most common from of STI, and up to 30 per cent have had it in the past. A smelly vaginal discharge with inflammation of the cervix may warn of infection but more often there are no symptoms.
  • Undetected chlamydia can lead to tubal blockages and pelvic inflammatory disease, and thus infertility. It can also cause complications in pregnancy, bring on premature labour and infect the fallopian tubes after delivery.
  • Diagnosis is by a simple laboratory test. Sexually active women under 20 are much more likely to have Chlamydia, so screening vulnerable teenagers is sensible. Treatment os a course of antibiotics, with follow-up screening.

Protect against STIs by:

  • Not having unprotected sex with a partner you are unsure of.
  • Having a check-up even if you have no symptoms.
Home
Website by DataShire