What affects our libido is a highly debated topic. There are social, psychological, and physical reasons our libido level changes. There could also be traumas that affect our libido. So let's talk about it. After pregnancy a woman may grapple with her own image, and having the energy for sex. Her partner may not know how to approach these topics. Baby's don't have to have a negative effect on your sex lives. Menopause and manopause are another period in life where our body is changing and not always doing what we want it to do. From vaginal tissue issues to ED, WPC will help.
Orgasms release a hormone called oxytocin, so do hugs and cuddles, as well as breastfeeding, holding hands and more. It's the initial excitement and high you feel when you are getting close to a partner. Oxytocin has a nice trickle down effect, reducing cortisol (aka stress hormone) and norepinephrine. Orgasms, cuddles, hugs, holding hands are labeled good because we feel good. It is part of our expression of our love. What happens as we age is our oxytocin declines and so does our testosterone. Our hormones tab explains more in depth on hormones in general. So our testosterone begins to decline in our 30s. It also can decline due to stress because our adrenals will steal DHEA, which is the precursor to our testosterone in the cascade. If we deplete our DHEA under stress to support our adrenals, we have nothing supporting our testosterone. Testosterone is the "FUN" hormone, it increases your energy, your mental clarity, your sex drive and your metabolism. It is key to our well being and it is NOT just for men. Women need testosterone too. In lower doses than men but both sexes experience a decline in testosterone as we age.
How do we support our libido without directly taking testosterone? Some men are hesitant to take testosterone for fear of the side effects. Taking testosterone does require a monitoring of estrogen and usually an estradiol blocker, and some HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) to keep the testes functioning properly. Women may be hesitant because they don't want to "grow a beard" or a deeper voice, hair loss etc. At WPC we would look at your stress management and precursor hormones. Then our pharmacist would analyze the underlying cause of the decreased libido and provide proper support. Maybe you need counseling for a trauma is needed. Maybe you need adrenal support and DHEA, maybe some oxytocin. We offer a sexual wellness program because we love our oxytocin and cuddles.
Here's the truth, when properly dosed and monitored, testosterone replacement can be done without these side effects. We offer proper dose ranges, referrals and management for all. Contact us today!