Let us ease your worries: If you can't force yourself to get in the mood, you're not alone. By , one-third of all women in the United States claim to have a lack of interest in sex. While researchers are still cracking down on what holds women back in the bedroom, it's clear that there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Everything from hormones to stress to relationship issues can put a woman's libido on the back burner.
If you believe aphrodisiacs are a bunch of malarky, think again. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods such as fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts, may help get you in the mood. These nutrients are for testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. Oh, and they raise dopamine levels, subsequently boosting your mood.
A found that people who sit up straight had higher self-esteem, more arousal, and a better mood overall. Once again, this is another reminder to sit up straight because who wants a low libido along with a bad back?!
Staying hydrated is on everyone's to-do list — and for good reason. results in fatigue, headaches, irritability, and even vaginal dryness. When combined, these nasty effects are recipe for a sexual nightmare.
Rushing through sex or treating it like a box on a checklist takes away the pleasure that comes from it. Therefore, if those quickies are making you feel anything less than satisfied, see if you and your partner can find more time for intimacy.
A glass of wine at night won't hurt you. In fact, might actually help you get in the mood. But heavy drinking can have on the hormone regulation in your reproductive system, which makes sex less desirable.
Sugar always seems like the right choice in the moment. However, that the high insulin levels produced by sugar intake can cause other hormones, including estrogen and testosterone, to get out of whack. Ultimately, this can cause your whole body to crash – and you'll want to forgo sex altogether.
It's simple: If something causes you pain, you're going to do everything in your power to avoid it. "This is a common issue for many couples," says , founder of Gynecologic Specialists of Northwestern. "In this case, the first thing I try to do so is find a way to eliminate the pain. Generally speaking, once the pain goes away, the libido issue will subside."
Sex and exercise go hand in hand. A conducted at Florida Atlantic University found that people who exercised more frequently ranked themselves higher in terms of sexual desire and performance.
If you notice something is off, it could mean that there's a greater issue at hand. Thyroid conditions, including hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease, are common in woman and are known for lessening the appeal for sex, according to the . In addition to fatigue, these conditions reduce vaginal lubrication, making sex less comfortable.
"Many of us have jobs or hobbies that keep us in our heads and out of our bodies," says Brandy Engler, LA-based and author of . "Activities, including yoga, gardening, and exercise, that don't rely on mental stimulation and instead connect us to our senses, relax us, or get us into our bodies are more likely to open us up to being sexual."
Skip the drive-thru and opt for a home-cooked meal if you're looking to boost your libido. Fast food, in particular, is chock-full of , a chemical that doubles as endocrine disruptors (in other words, they mess with your hormones and throw off your sex game).
Smoking lowers women's sexual desire and performance. is linked to a lower libido is both men and women.
A published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, found that women who get longer — and less restless — night's sleep are less likely to have sex. Clocking in less than six hours of sleep may reduce your .
Yes, a cup of joe may give you the energy boost you need for sex, but if you can't get through the day without a fewcups of coffee, there may be a larger issue at hand. Too much caffeine may even cause your adrenal glands to kick into high gear and release into your body, which limit sexual desire.
The urinary system is crucial for men and woman alike. (a.k.a. a leaky bladder) affects 1 out of 4 woman — and as a result, holds them back in the bedroom. by Sutherst reports that 46% of women suffering from urinary incontinence said their symptoms negatively impacted on their sex life.
It's harder to approach people for connection when they are engaged online. Plus, it doesn't help if you (or your partner) is constantly comparing your sex life — steamy or otherwise — to the sexy scenes from movies, TV, or porn.
Stress — beyond making your own life less enjoyable — takes a toll on your . The goal is for a woman's estrogen, progesterone, and prolactin levels to be relatively the same but cortisol, the main stress hormone, will disrupt this balance when stressed. In some cases, may even contribute to fertility, irregularity, and ovulation complications.
It's simple: If you're bored in your relationship, you'll also be bored in the bedroom. This even found that women get bored of sex in their relationships much quicker than men.
Sexual intimacy requires a certain level of trust — and if the trust's not there, sex may be out of the question.
The general rule of thumb is to know what you're putting into your body, and that's especially true when it comes to . Most antidepressants, antihistamines, and hormonal birth control pills bear a warning that they might affect the user's sex drive. So, talk to your doctor if your experiencing this unwanted side effect.