A low libido is usually not something that happens naturally as you progress in your relationship, despite popular belief. It actually can be caused by certain dietary factors or lifestyle issues, which are easy to remedy. So fear not if you suffer from a lack of s*x drive, we are here to help!
"Caffeine from a cup or two of coffee a day may give you a bit of an energy boost, but regular over-consumption of caffeine can cause trouble in the bedroom. Too much caffeine causes your adrenal glands over-function and release stress hormones in your brain that can inhibit sexual desire and function." explains Dr. Kat Van Kirk, s*x expert.
Try limiting your coffee intake to one 8-ounce serving per day. It can be hard to kick caffeine at first so try supplementing with green tea.
#2 Low Self-Confidence
If you're constantly telling yourself that you're ugly or undeserving of good things, that can completely mess with your desire to get it on. Putting yourself down during s*x is also common among women. Worrying about whether your stomach looks big or what your partner thinks of your thighs is, sadly, a large part of making love sometimes.
"Not only can this poor body image dampen your desire, but it can make you reluctant to have s*x in the future." says Dr. Kirk.
Attempt to refocus your thoughts so you say loving things about your body instead of hateful things. Have your partner tell you what he loves about your stomach or your thighs. It takes time to rebuild confidence, but it is necessary.
#3 Birth Control
A low s*x drive can be caused by birth control pills, acne treatment medication and other prescription meds. These pills leave you less likely to lubricate and basically turned off the idea of intercourse all together. Try spicing things up with a romantic bath, a candlelit dinner or a spontaneous getaway to get your mind back into a sensual mood. Test out different lubes to make s*x more pleasurable and less painful.
#4 Your Partner's Smell
"Research has shown that we tend to be attracted to people who have a totally different genetic make-up from ourselves in order to avoid mating too closely to our own family. Our pheromones are good indicators of these desirable differences. But with age, our sense of smell not only declines but pheromones can change. This means that we may eventually not only have less interest in sex but in theory, not be as attracted to our partners as we once were." says Dr. Kirk.
Give some new colognes, body sprays or soaps a try to change up your partner's scent. You can even spray your bed with a light scent that gets you in the mood or use subtly scented candles.
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#5 Your Bedroom Carpet
Carpet fibers, microwave popcorn, paper ink and food dye. What do all of these things have in common? They all contain chemicals that contribute to health issues and a plummeting libido.
"All of these chemicals that we either inhale or come into contact with our bodies can mess with our hormones." says Dr. Kirk.
Limit processed food, look for organic, non-toxic household items and have a professional take a look through your home to ensure you're not being exposed to anything too dangerous.
What are your thoughts on this article? What are your tricks for getting in the mood?
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