Sexual drive or libido is also called sexual desire and is a part of human instinct but can be influenced by physical or emotional issues, so therefore may be increased or decreased in some people at certain stages of life.
The hormones that control libido are testosterone in men and estrogen in women, and so at certain times of the month it is normal for women to have greater or less sexual interest. Usually women have more sexual desire during their fertile period.
Several factors can lead to a lack of libido, such as stress, anxiety, relationship problems and medication use, and it is important to identify the cause so that you can make changes in order to increase sexual desire.
How to increase your sexual desire
To increase libido it is important to identify the cause of the lack of sexual desire so that you may do the necessary changes in order to achieve what you desire. If your decreased sexual drive is due to the use of medications, it is recommended you talk to your doctor to see if the medication can be replaced with another that does not cause this side effect.
A simple tip that may also be useful for boosting libido is consuming more foods that improve blood circulation such as tuna and chia seeds, so that blood flows more easily into the blood vessels, making it easier to get aroused.
If you have experienced some type of emotional trauma that has affected your libido, the best solution is to seek treatment with a psychoanalyst, psychologist or psychiatrist so that you can discuss the emotional causes and find a solution, which in turn can help increase your sexual desire again. Tackling anxiety and stress may also help increase libido as well as improving self esteem, exercising may also have positive results.
What can cause your sexual desire to decrease
The lack of sex drive can be caused by a decrease in hormones that control sexual desire and other factors, such as:
- The use of the contraceptive pill;
- Emotional traumas;
- Diseases such as anemia, cirrhosis and hypothyroidism;
- Stress, anxiety or depression;
- Sexual impotence;
- Pain during intercourse;
- Lack of testosterone in men;
- Relationship problems;
- Use of medications such as anxiolytics and antidepressants.
In women, a decreased libido can also be caused by difficulty in achieving orgasm or getting aroused, which makes intimate contact difficult due to the lack of vaginal lubrication, which can cause pain during sexual intercourse.