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The hormonal imbalances found in menopause, perimenopause and post menopause, commonly result in the decline in sexual drive or low libido in women. The main hormone culprits are progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen.
Progesterone and Estrogen
Progesterone naturally decreases production during perimenopause; this can result in an estrogen dominance, which effectively causes low libido in women. This imbalance often causes vaginal dryness, vaginal atrophy (a loss of muscle tension), and decreased clitoral sensitivity. The other consequences of estrogen dominance, including mood swings, weight gain, and fatigue, add to the problem. Too little estrogen causes similar vaginal problems.
Reduced ovarian function, caused by hormonal imbalance or a hysterectomy, lessens the amount of testosterone a woman produces, especially in post menopause. While testosterone is mainly considered a hormone for men, it also serves important purposes for women. In terms of libido, testosterone for women serves to heighten sexual response and orgasms. As a result, low testosterone causes a loss of libido.
Experts say that loss of desire and low sex drive may be directly related to lower estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone levels, which often happens during menopause. Low libido in women is the most common sexual complaint made by women – up to 30 to 40 percent of them. Even younger women can feel the effect of a hormonal imbalance as it relates to their sex life.
Even an unhealthy diet can cause symptoms, like fatigue, which contribute to low libido in women. This makes it important to value nutrition and exercise. The BodyLogicMD programs include guidelines for a healthy lifestyle that will optimize your natural hormone therapy.
Essentially, to avoid a low sex drive, hormonal balance is crucial. Bioidentical hormone therapy repairs the damage caused by a hysterectomy or menopause by finding the hormone equilibrium your body needs. This means that the symptoms that caused the loss of libido, such as those named above, are often relieved, resulting in an increased sexual drive.
Your BodyLogicMD affiliated doctor treats each patient’s situation uniquely. Hormone levels are evaluated using comprehensive saliva and blood testing. We use bioidentical hormone therapy with proper nutrition, supplement and fitness to correct any imbalance. Bioidentical hormone therapy helps balance out women’s hormone levels making them feel “sexy” again without any adverse side effects.
Contact the BodyLogicMD bioidentical hormone doctor nearest you to schedule an appointment and learn more about how hormone therapy can correct low sex drive or low libido in women.