At given points in their lives, men and women may suffer from low libidos. A low sex drive can be caused by a variety of factors. Sometimes medical conditions cause this condition, but at other times, psychological factors and the resulting hormonal changes make men and women disinterested in sex. Below is a look at some of the most common hormones that affect sexual behavior in both genders, and how Hormone Replacement Therapy can help deal with hormone-induced lowered libidos.
Estrogen is a hormone found in women and is responsible for controlling pregnancy, menstrual cycles, and reproduction. When a woman has low levels of estrogen, such as during menopause, she experiences sleeping disorders, unstable moods, and vaginal dryness. All these factors ultimately result in a reduced desire for sex.
Like estrogen, progesterone is a female hormone that controls women’s menstrual cycles and pregnancy. Medical studies have not shown exactly how, but scientists know that low levels of progesterone impact a woman’s sexuality and reduce her desire. Women typically experience low progesterone levels during menopause.
Contrary to popular belief that testosterone is a male hormone, this hormone is present in both sexes and impacts the libido of both men and women. Low levels of testosterone diminish sex drive and sexual interest in men. In women, low levels of testosterone result in reduced production of the hormone progesterone, which, in turn, lowers a woman’s sex drive.
Low levels of testosterone are the product of many factors. Some men and women have low levels of testosterone because their bodies produce less of it. This problem is true among the aging population. Others experience low levels of testosterone because they are stressed. Stress makes the body produce a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol prevents the body from producing any more testosterone, high stress over long periods results in a loss of interest in sex.
Thyroid and Prolactin
Prolactin is the hormone responsible for promoting the production of milk in a woman’s body. When produced in large amounts, it causes tenderness in the breasts, which puts some women off sex. The thyroid is the human hormone that regulates a person’s metabolism and energy levels. With low thyroid levels, both men and women lose energy and stamina fast, which create low libidos.
Correcting Hormonal Imbalance with Hormone Replacement Therapy. Low levels of estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone lower the human libido. The good news is that these hormonal imbalances can be corrected using Hormone Replacement Therapy at Metro MediSpa in Wilmington, NC. With supplements and other medication, therapists can help most people regain their sexual desire and function. Call for an appointment today at 888-637-7228 or 910-599-9925.