If libido could somehow be explained, it would be as an "instinctive natural sexual energy". In other words, the sexual desire someone has towards their partner. So, the best way to describe loss of libido would be as of a lost of sexual interest in a person.
Women with loss of libido fail to initiate or respond to their partner's desire for sexual activity. However, sex therapists, like Dr. Zussman, say that loss of libido should be addressed only when it is perceived as a problem. Loss of libido can become very frustrating if not taken care properly.
Everyone experiences peaks and valleys in sexual desire, an ebb and flow in libido that could be caused by any of a variety of factors. Occasionally, a hormonal imbalance or prescription drug will sap sex drive.
If one partner don't have interest in sex despite the other partner's best efforts, it's easy to become perplexed and without guidance, the couple may characterize the problem in ways that can destroy their relationship.
The causes of women's loss of libido can be divided in psychological and physical. In fact, these causes can be unique for some woman and may be a combination of both for others.
Psychological causes for loss of Libido
These can be divided into stress, overwork, fatigue; and relationship conflicts. If the first ones are not controlled (daily work/life), you could presence loss of libido. In the other hand, relationship conflict defined as communication, trust and intimacy problems with your partner, can all adversely affect a woman's sexual response and interest. But usually, in both cases, loss of libido is temporary and stops when the stressful period or relationship conflict ends.
Physical causes for Loss of Libido
Hormonal imbalance, such as low testosterone, is the main cause for loss of libido. Women do produce small amounts of testosterone which plays an important role in their sexual lives. Without a balanced level of testosterone in their bodies, women are unable to properly respond to sexual stimuli leading to loss of libido. The main cause for loss of libido is hormonal imbalance, this is why it can be easily recognized as a common symptom of menopause.
As unbalanced hormonal levels are the most common cause for loss of libido, you should take a look at the following article which explains properly what steps to take for controlling loss of libido.
The use of a testosterone patch may help increase libido in postmenopausal and especially surgically menopausal women.
Loss of Libido is just an indicator of the declination of estrogen hormones that menopause produces. These changes result in a hormonal imbalance in a woman's body and cause Loss of Libido. Therefore, the best and most effective way to treat Loss of Libido is to control its main cause by balancing hormonal levels.
Three approaches for the treatment of Loss of Libido
There are three levels of treatments of Loss of Libido:
- (1) Lifestyle Changes,
- (2) Alternative Medicine and
- (3) Drugs and Surgery.
You should always start with the least risky approach (lifestyle changes) and go on to riskier approaches (surgery/drugs) only if necessary.
The first level involves no risk but may be the hardest way to go. You'll have to change many habits of your daily life. So if you are considering this approach, you will need a strong mind and a positive thinking for managing these changes.
Nonetheless, techniques for stress reduction (e.g. yoga), a diet rich in estrogenic food (soy, alfalfa, cherries, rice, wheat and yams) or even becoming more fit by doing regular exercises, will have positive effects on the treatment of Loss of Libido.
It's not easy to follow up this approach, that's why you might want to consider the next level of treatment, because alternative medicine is an excellent treatment for Loss of Libido.
Alternative approaches involve little or no risk and can be considered as the safest way to treat Loss of Libido. In this level of approach, Herbal remedies are the most effective option.
There are basically two types of herbs to treat Loss of Libido during menopause: phytoestrogen and non-estrogenic herbs. Phytoestrogen herbs (e.g. Black Cohosh, Dong Quai) contain plant estrogens. Therefore, these herbs replace the missing estrogen; unfortunately, phytoestrogen herbs produce several side effects (like breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes) as a result from adding hormones from outside.
Unlike phytoestrogen herbs, non-estrogenic herbs don't contain any estrogen. Instead, non-estrogenic herbs nourish your hormonal glands for healthy production of your own natural hormones. This ultimately ends up in balancing overall hormones levels. Due to this, non-estrogenic herbs, like Macafem, can be considered as the safest way of natural treatment for Loss of Libido.
Nature & Health magazine. Dr. Chacon says:
A combination of approaches is a good route to take. Lifestyle changes combined with alternative medicine will probably take care of Loss of Libido during menopause in a more efficiently way.
Drugs and Surgery
Interventions at level 3 involve the highest risk and often the highest costs. The most common drug therapy for the treatment of Loss of Libido in the US is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). There's no doubt that this is the quickest and strongest way to combat hormonal imbalance; unfortunately, it entails serious side effects and increases the risk of different cancer types among women.
If you still consider following this approach, take a visit to your physician, and get informed about what this treatment option involves.
Remember that these three levels of approaches are not mutually exclusive. You can use different approaches at different times or combine several at the same time. Nowadays more and more women think that the best treatment for Loss of Libido during menopause is accomplished via a combination of healthy lifestyle and alternative treatments.