People wanting to increase libido can look in the oddest places, even feral donkeys! According to a Darwin-based newspaper, a Hong Kong business wants a million Northern Territory donkeys a year for a Chinese medicine to increase women’s sex drive.
Luckily, there are many inexpensive ways to increase libido without resorting to donkey tonic.
How to Increase Libido Step 1
Check Sex Hormones
The hormones which control your desire for sex – testosterone, progesterone, estrogen and thyroid activity – are heavily influenced by:
- Age-related physical changes (like menopause and male menopause)
- The contraceptive Pill
Sex Hormones – Testosterone for men and women
Many men diagnosed as depressed are suffering from low testosterone, which has similar symptoms like:
- Lack of energy
- Feeling a need to increase libido
- Physical weakness
Testosterone peaks at 18, and declines by 1 per cent a year in midlife.
Harvard specialist Dr Abe Morgentaler, author of Testosterone For Life, says any man over the age of 50 who feels run-down and off his game owes it to himself to have his T levels checked, and if they are low, to be treated as a way of increasing libido.
Testosterone therapy is available in several forms, including:
- Skin patches
- Time release implants
- Oral pastiches (tiny tablets held between cheek and gum)
- And injections
Even women can benefit. An Australian study recently showed a testosterone patch for women significantly increased libido and female sexual satisfaction.
The herb tribulus terrestris is also said to lift testosterone levels naturally, by stimulating the body to produce more of the hormone. Included in the formula of herbal supplements to enhance your sex life like Herbal Ignite, it increases libido in both men and women as well as relieving menopause symptoms like hot flushes.
Sex Hormones – Menopause & The Pill
Studies show the Pill reduces sexual response and sex drive. Ask your doctor to try an alternative brand to increase libido.
Hormonal change with menopause can result in low libido and vaginal dryness which makes intercourse painful or difficult – a big libido turn off.
While hormone replacement therapy has fallen under a cloud because of research showing it increases the risk of breast cancer there are still options to improve vaginal dryness.
Bio identical hormone creams
Do not have the same risks as HRT:
Estrogen creams of various strengths and formulations are available on prescription. These will supplement estradiol, progesterone and estrogen (depending on the formulation) as well as add moisturiser. With use over a period they increase libido and improve vaginal lubrication. (They are not an instant fix)
Personal lubricants and sexual response creams
There are a wide range of lubricant creams available, some natural, some with mineral oils or petro chemical content; personal preference will determine your choice for a cream to increase libido. Creams which include L-arginine may also enhance orgasm by increasing blood flow to the genitals.
How to Increase Libido – Step 2
Some herbs have been used for many years in traditional medicine to increase libido and they are still popular today. They include tribulus terrestris, horny goat weed, tongkat ali, maca, damiana, dong quai, and yohimbe.
However not all of these herbs are legally accepted under the Therapeutic Goods Act for use in Australia. Yohimbe for example is not approved because of possible serious side effects from its use.
Supplements containing some of these approved-for- Australia herbs like Herbal Ignite have been successfully marketed in Australia for more than ten years and can increase libido for both men and women.
How to Increase Libido – Step 3
One of the biggest turn offs is a partner who is not receptive, supportive or who criticises everything you do – or it feels that way.
- Make Time and Space for Your Partner
For women especially, having a caring supportive partner who seems to appreciate you may be best way to increase libido. Sydney sex therapist Dr Rosie King in Where Did My Libido Go? (Random House) reports women’s libido is strongly affected by everything that happens in her daily life, which men sometimes fail to understand.
- Understand What Turns Each Other On
For men, take the time to get close without sex before you put the hard word on for sex; and for women, remember the “Five to One Rule” – five positive comments for every negative one will maintain a happy household. Any fewer than that and your man is likely to feel he’s married to a nag and can never do a thing right.
How to Increase Libido – Step 4
Diet, Exercise & Prescription Meds
Making relatively small life style changes like losing a small amount of weight can have a beneficial effect on increasing your libido.
And it’s not too late to get into a moderate exercise regime. Any exercise will do wonders for your sex life if you keep at it. A Harvard study found male athletes between ages 40 and 60 had the same sex lives as men 20 years younger who didn’t exercise.
Check Prescription Medicines
Increase Libido with Herbal Ignite
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