A: First, let me say you are not alone. According to Harvard Health Publications, sexual dysfunction affects both men and women of all ages for a variety of reasons, including old age, chronic illness, stress, and anxiety. Whether you are male or female, one of the first recommendations is lifestyle changes which include, but not limited to, regular exercise, reducing stress and fatigue.
- Regular exercise – it boosts endorphins and increases blood flow, which can make sex more pleasurable causing an increased desire.
- Boost your energy and decrease fatigue by getting enough sleep, taking naps when you can and eating a healthy diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
- Reducing and/or managing your stress will improve your sex drive. According to Harvard Health Publications, women are particularly susceptible to the effects stress can have on their sex life. Men, on the other hand, can sometimes use sex as a way to relieve stress, which can cause conflict. To relieve stress, Mayo Clinic suggests participating in sports activities, practicing tai chi, or taking a yoga class.
- Lastly, try some natural foods, which are also known as aphrodisiacs to help improve your sex drive. These foods are, but are not limited to chocolate, figs, bananas, avocados and of course oysters which are all known to promote a vigorous sex drive.
If these recommendations don’t improve your libido, talk with your physician to help identify underlying health problems. She may suggest proven strategies for enhancing sexual health, such as communicating with your partner, making healthy lifestyle choices, treating underlying medical conditions, and if appropriate, recommending a sex therapist and/or psychotherapist.