Low libido

Hormonal causes of low libido

For a woman who once had a healthy sex drive, losing her sexual desire can feel frustrating, disappointing, and downright disruptive to her relationships. Many women are told that loss of libido is just the way it goes as we get older. But low libido is not a given with aging, though it can be a sign that something important is out of balance in your body.

A woman feeling flirty after resolving her low libido issues

The most common root cause of low sex drive in women is hormonal imbalance, which is why perimenopause is frequently the time when women notice this change. Progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone are all produced in various amounts by our ovaries and they are key players in libido.

The natural drop in progesterone during perimenopause can affect sexual desire. And declining estrogen levels can result in physical changes like vaginal dryness and thinning of the vaginal wall. Both can make sex uncomfortable or even painful. Testosterone is vital to a woman’s healthy sexual response and orgasm.

“I had NO desire whatsoever for an intimate relationship. All my friends had told me, ‘You’re not going to have any desire in perimenopause.’ So when it came back I was stunned — and so was my husband!”

Pamela, customer

Your ovaries’ production of these hormones can be impaired during periods of hormonal imbalance and also by prescription drugs, illness, or as the result of a partial or total hysterectomy.

Adrenal imbalance is another common root cause of low libido. Our adrenal glands are involved in many functions throughout the body, including handling our response to stress and producing sex hormones. If you experience stress on a regular basis, adrenal fatigue can lower the hormones that fuel your sexual response and leave you without the drive for sex.

A healthy sex life can provide a cascade of benefits. If you want to restore your sexual desire, rest assured there are natural steps that can lead you there.

Which symptom set best describes you?

  • Low libido and hormonal imbalance. Levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone can shift as women move through menopause, and each of these sex hormones affects our libido. Low libido due to hormonal imbalance may appear with other symptoms like moodiness, vaginal dryness, and fatigue. It can also cause hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia.
  • Low libido and adrenal imbalance. The adrenal glands may be linked deeply to low libido because they are also responsible for producing sex hormones, especially after menopause. If you’ve been under stress for long periods — even years —there’s good chance your adrenal glands may be imbalanced, causing fatigue, mixed-up sleep patterns, cravings for caffeine, sugar, and/or salt, and weight gain around the middle.

A natural path back to sexual desire

What you can do today

Find a good book of erotic stories and read slowly to let yourself absorb the content.

Why it works

Turning on your erotic mind can often lead to turning on your erotic body. A book of stories allows you to safely fantasize outside of your current life situation. It also frees you of any relationship complications that may be getting in the way of your sexual desire.

We understand that sexuality is complicated and multi-faceted, and for some women, life is perfectly fine without having sex at all. But so many others miss the intimacy they once had with their partners and the positive benefits of orgasm. Navigating life without the pleasure and connection of sex can change your image of yourself, how you see your relationships, and your connection with your partner.

Regaining the active sex life you want and need is absolutely possible. Finding the cause of your low libido is the best place to begin. We’ve helped countless women suffering from hormonal and adrenal imbalances revive their passion for sex — and life.

Barbara Carrellas, sex educator and author, says:

“The erotic impulse does go to sleep if we don’t use it, or if we’re bored. I like waking up both the erotic mind and the erotic body, and the good news is, with a little bit of an effort to become more sexual, sensual, or erotic, the body wakes up and responds.”

Bring back your libido — with our Hormonal Health Program

Shifting hormones can lead to disappointing changes in libido. Our Hormonal Health Program provides support for your hormones through high-quality nutritional formulations, herbal hormonal support, and a deliciously satisfying eating plan that is easy to follow.

Note: If you think your low libido may be connected to an adrenal imbalance, find out how to naturally support your adrenal glands.

If you have questions about our Health Programs, you can always call us toll free at 1-800-448-4919 and talk with real women here in Maine who have been in your shoes. We’re here to listen and help.

Last Updated: January 14, 2022

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