How Stress, Relationships and Alcohol Impact Libido

Stress: The Libido Killer

Hormone imbalances aren’t the only causes for a loss of libido — stress is another important factor. Cortisol, often referred to as the stress hormone, dramatically increases when you under stress. This increase in cortisol can interfere with the binding of testosterone to its receptor sites, which renders the testosterone ineffective. That means even if your testosterone levels are optimal, if you are stressed out, testosterone can’t do its job properly. Relaxation is extremely important in helping reduce your stress levels, and there are many different things that can help you to relax. Some of the relaxation techniques that I recommend to my patients include:

  • Relaxation tapes or videos
  • Meditation, prayer or spiritual reading
  • Yoga, tai chi or qi gong
  • Conscious breathing
  • Massage or soothing baths

Relationships and Sex

Relationship issues can also have a huge effect on your libido. It’s important to communicate with your partner, and work through any issues that may be separating you. While relationship counseling may be the best option for some couples, many find that the problem is purely sexual. It may simply be that you’ve fallen into a rut, and just need to spice things up in the bedroom.Novelty is very important. A lot of couples have been together for a very long time, doing things the same way every time, yet expect to be as excited as when they first got together. They may have simply grown bored with the entire process. If that’s the case, then it’s time to shake things up. If something you used to do always got you aroused, but you’ve stopped doing it, go back to it. That alone could give your sex drive the push it needs. You could also try something new to increase the excitement.

Alcohol and Libido

It may not come as a surprise that what you put in your body can also have an effect on your libido. Alcohol is a great example of that — but not in the way you might think. Many people think that alcohol will decrease inhibitions and enhance their ability to have sex, but it can actually have the exact opposite effect. That’s because alcohol is a depressant. It can make you tired and, if you’re a man, it can interfere with an erection.

Bioidentical Hormones and Libido Reboot

Optimal health and libido is created by hormone balance. If your hormones are out of balance, restoring your sex drive will likely include hormone replacement. Hormones can be safely and effectively replaced when they are bioidentical. Bioidentical hormones are exact copies of the hormones used by the body. The key is in the testing. In order to completely understand what is going on in the body we must test all hormone levels. Using comprehensive testing methods that include blood, saliva and urine are essential in understanding the whole picture.

Read the full article: Reboot Your Libido

About Dr. Landa
Dr. Jennifer Landa earned her medical degree from Albany Medical College of Union University in Albany, NY in 1996. She completed her internship and residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC, where she was distinguished as the Administrative Chief Resident in OB/GYN. Dr. Landa is Board Certified by the American Board of of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and serves as anAdvanced Fellow in the Fellowship for Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine. In addition, Dr. Landa has made appearances on a number of nationally-syndicated television shows, and was featured in a cover story by Florida Trend magazine in December of 2009, as a leading expert in anti-aging medicine.

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