Libido Booster? Yes Please!
The pace of modern life is tough on our sex lives, and it is common for both men and women to feel the need to call on a libido booster to give their sex lives extra energy and spark.
Heavy work loads, relationship stress, and other health issues like the side effects of anti-depressants or anti-inflammatories can all reduce libido and leave you feeling like you need a libido booster to keep your relationship harmonious.
Add to that the bigger expectations in society about maintaining an active sex life since erection drugs like Viagra came on the market and it’s not surprising our bodies sometimes feel they cannot keep up. (ED and low libido are different. Viagra doesn’t work as a libido booster, it only helps you get an erection if you have already have the desire.)
Up to 60 per cent of Australian women aged 29 to 59 report periods when they have lost interest in sex, and research shows up to 40 per cent of men also feel the need for a libido booster at some stage.
Why You Might Need a Libido Booster
Things that can cause you to need a libido booster include:
- health issues – obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, menopause, or the Pill
- side effects of medication for depression, arthritis or prostate treatment
- low testosterone or hormonal imbalance
Libido Boosters – The Options
Millions of men suffer from low sex drive, loss of energy and diminished enthusiasm for life because of low levels of the male hormone testosterone, says Harvard specialist Dr Abe Morgentaler, author of Testosterone For Life.
And although testosterone is known as the “sex hormone” it affects functioning of many body systems, affecting musical and bone strength, and blood sugar and red blood cell levels, so it’s critical for overall health, including weight control. Restoring testosterone to normal levels is a libido booster in itself.
Dr Morgentaler says testosterone replacement therapy is safe and rapidly effective and any over the age of 50 who feels run-down, off his game, or has any of the other symptoms of low testosterone owes it to himself and his family to have his T levels checked, and if they are low, to be treated.
Most importantly he has debunked the idea which was accepted by doctors for many years that testosterone increased prostate cancer rates. His work showing testosterone does not cause prostate cancer is increasingly accepted amongst his medical peers.
Testosterone therapy is available in several forms, including skin patches, time release implants, oral pastiches (tiny tablets held between cheek and gum) and injections.
The herb tribulus terrestris is also said to lift testosterone levels naturally, by stimulating the body to produce more of the hormone.
And testosterone works as a libido booster for women. An Australian study also recently showed a testosterone patch for women significantly increased female sexual satisfaction.
Herbal Supplements for Libido Boosters
Some herbs have been used for many years in traditional medicine as libido boosters and they are still popular today. They include tribulus terrestris, horny goat weed, tongkat ali, maca, and yohimbe. Not all of these herbs are legally accepted under the Therapeutic Goods Act for use in Australia.
Supplements containing some of these herbs like Herbal Ignite which has been successfully marketed in Australia for more than ten years and to help as a libido booster and for erection problems. There are also herbal supplements to serve as libido boosters for women.
Libido-Boosting Life Style Changes
Making relatively small life style changes like losing a small amount of weight can have a beneficial effect as a libido booster.
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.
Good Relationship Libido Booster
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.
For women especially, have a caring supportive partner who seems to appreciate you maybe the only libido booster she needs. Women’s libido is strongly affected by everything that happens in her daily life.
Man or woman, if you put some effort into understanding and appreciating your partner better it will have remarkable results in the bedroom.
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.
Libido Boosting Personal Lubricants and Creams
Personal lubricants for libido
Sometimes a woman’s lack of interest in sex is directly related to hormonal changes which make the act of making love uncomfortable or even painful. And the most common of these for older women is often vaginal dryness as a result of changes at menopause. But dryness can also be caused by oral contraceptives or as a side effect of medications like antihistamines, anti depressants and decongestants. Products like lubricant creams which ease this problem are genuine libido boosters.
There are several ways to solve the problem of vaginal dryness.
Apply pure natural oils like grapeseed, sweet almond, sunflower or apricot, or Vitamin E oil. (Some people are allergic to Vitamin E so test first)
Commercial products for boosting libido:
Using a personal lubricant can readily smooth the way. Choose one which is water-based as petroleum-based lubricants can harbor bacteria in the vagina and lead to infection, as well as cause damage to latex condoms.
The most popular over the counter personal lubricants are the Kiwi fruit based Sylk, Astroglide, KY Jelly, and Replens. What you choose depends on your personal preference, and whether you are sensitive to the use of parabens and other chemicals or whether you prefer the natural approach.
Bio Identical Hormone Creams
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. These creams help restore hormonal balance, help natural lubrication and boost libido.
Sexual response creams
Arginine is an amino acid which helps the body produce nitric oxide – and nitric oxide helps promote blood flow to the genitals. Creams made from L-arginine increase blood flow to the female genitals, enhancing sexual response, and acting as a great libido booster.
One study on 500 women showed 70 per cent who applied the cream to the clitoris and labia half an hour before sex reported more arousal and stronger orgasms.