Low libido and absence of sexual desire is a common problem for aging men and women. However, it should not be accepted as a “normal” part of the aging process and can, in fact, be treated. Studies have proven that men and women over the age of 50 actually experience a more fulfilled sex life than the younger population. A portion of this fulfillment is linked to the intimacy and sexual confidence that comes with a long-term relationship, but when men and women achieve hormone balance, sexual satisfaction and desire improve dramatically as well, promoting sexual well-being for the individual and the relationship.
HRT Impact on Sex Drive
As you age, hormone levels can become erratic, inducing a number of side effects that affect your quality of life. Many of these side effects not only leave you sluggish and literally “feeling old,” but they tank your sex drive as well. Weight gain, fatigue, mood swings, low sexual desire, inability to perform sexually, and pain with intercourse don’t exactly spell desire. Millions of men and women have come to accept these effects and their impaired sex life as an inevitable part of aging, but it is not—in most cases, it is hormonal imbalance.
Among men, low testosterone can significantly impair function and performance. Declines in testosterone can be caused by a number of factors and can be treated with testosterone replacement therapy.
For some women, primarily those facing menopause, low sexual desire may be a case of estrogen dominance or low progesterone. A 2007 study found that menopausal women receiving hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat symptoms of menopause also experienced a 44 percent increase in sexual desire.
Both men and women need to be hormonally balanced to sustain lean muscle mass, stabilize moods, and improve libido. So, if your sexual desire is waning, get your hormone levels tested. But don’t just head to the nearest clinic for testing and treatment; seek an expert in hormone balance and therapy. Testing should be comprehensive, often including blood, urine, and saliva. Before beginning hormone replacement therapy, your doctor should review your symptoms and lab results, taking into account all the factors that may be affecting your hormonal balance. Your treatment plan should be as unique as you are and include consistent monitoring because your needs may change over time. Your hormones hang in a very delicate balance, making it important to trust your hormone health to an expert, like those at the biostation™.
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