LOW LIBIDO is a common problem that affects both men and women at some stage in their lives. It can be related to a number of things, including tiredness and relationship issues.
Here are five ways to increase libido and improve a low sex drive.
A loss of libido can be caused by many things, from stress and anxiety to sexual or underlying health problems.
If you are finding a decrease in your sex drive, you could look at your lifestyle and personal things going on in your life to see if something in particular could be causing it.
If loss of libido is related to sexual problems or an underlying medical condition, you may need to seek professional help.
“Everyone’s sex drive is different – there’s no such thing as a ‘normal’ libido. But if you find your lack of desire for sex distressing or it’s affecting your relationship, it’s a good idea to get help,” said the NHS.
Otherwise it may be worth trying these five tips to help boost libido.
Get more sleep
Not getting enough sleep and feeling constantly tired can lead to a reduced sex drive. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep a night and take naps in the day if you are tired.
Getting a good night’s sleep will boost your energy levels, which in turn will increase libido.
Look at your relationship
Relationship problems stemmed by doubts, worries or lack of communication can contribute to a loss of sexual desire, so talking things out with your partner is a good place to start.
Conflicts and arguments can also dampen your mood, decreasing sex drive, so try to resolve any arguments you have before going to bed and remember to communicate with each other.
Boost your self-confidence
Feeling self-conscious about your body can make you feel uncomfortable in the bedroom, resulting in a loss of sexual desire.
Getting more exercise will help lift your mood while keeping in shape will make you feel better about your body and increase self-confidence.
Eating a healthy diet and ditching junk food will also help you feel better inside and out, which may give you some extra confidence.
Don’t overdo it on alcohol
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol over a long period can reduce sex drive and can also wonder erectile function, so it’s sensible not to drink too much.
UK health officials advise drinking no more than 14 units a week, and spreading the units out over the course of the week.
Add aphrodisiacs into your diet
Certain foods such as chocolate, figs, bananas and avocados, are considered libido-boosting foods, otherwise known as aphrodisiacs, according to medical website Healthline.
There is little evidence to support the effectiveness of these foods, but the fruits contain vitamins and minerals that can increase blood flow to the genitals.
Chocolate, meanwhile, promotes the release of mood-lifting chemicals serotonin and phenylethylamine, according to one study.
“Little evidence supports the effectiveness of certain foods, but there’s no harm in experimenting,” said Healthline.