“Why don’t I enjoy sex like I used to?”
Although there are several reasons you might temporarily be abstaining from or avoiding sex, understand that simply “getting older” should not be one of them. In fact, most of my patients maintain a regular, healthy sex life well into their golden years. Regular physical intimacy with a caring partner has a number of positive and proven health benefits. It can help people feel more confident, energetic and clear-headed.
4 Reasons You’re Not Enjoying Sex
Reasons why you may have temporarily lost interest in sex include:
If you are ill, many different symptoms can interfere with sexual performance, even if sexual sensation is not impaired. Some conditions or medications can make sex painful or unpleasant. Most people suffering from an illness have low energy or fatigue, as their body is using its energy reserves to heal itself. It’s completely understandable that having sex is probably the last thing on your mind when you are sick, and during that time you should focus on getting as much quality rest as possible to help the healing process.
As frustrating and surprising as it may be, many people find they are unable to enjoy sex or perform adequately after drinking alcohol. Alcohol can interfere with blood circulation, reducing sexual stimulation and performance. Some drugs and/or medications also cause difficulties with the mental or physical factors of sex. While you may be tempted to drink in order to reduce stress or help calm your nerves, if you are having issues with sexual performance or desire, it’s best to abstain.
Sometimes, people become so concerned about sexual performance that it can have a suppressive effect, making sex difficult or impossible. In these situations, there’s usually nothing physically amiss. Instead, a cycle of anxiety is brought on by the thought of sex. Luckily this problem can be easy to correct with the help of an experienced sexual health expert.
When Reduced Sex Drive is Severe and Persistent, a Hormone Imbalance may be to Blame
Hormones are specialized chemical agents that send signals throughout the body to regulate its many systems. They are helpful in ensuring all major organs and systems can function effectively. Both men and women have essential hormones associated with sexual performance.
Testosterone, the male hormone, and estrogen, the female hormone, are introduced into the body in high concentrations during puberty. In addition to sexual performance, they are both required for peak mental and physical health.
Both men and women can suffer from fatigue, impaired memory, muscle weakness, difficulty sleeping, and mood regulation issues when they have a hormonal imbalance. This can even lead to male menopause.
Men begin to experience a gradual reduction in testosterone levels beginning in their 30s; women experience a marked decline before and during menopause. However, hormone levels may drop at any time of life. If the reduction is too sudden or significant, symptoms can result.
Loss of sexual enjoyment is often the first sign.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Recharge Your Sex Life
At the biostation, we exclusively offer bioidentical hormone therapy, including male hormone therapy and female hormone therapy. Bioidentical hormones are safe, as they are identical to the hormones produced by the body. One of the biggest benefits of a balanced, customized and regularly monitored hormone therapy program is increased libido and improved sexual satisfaction.
Loss of interest or enjoyment of sex does not have to be a “natural part of aging.” Sexual health and hormone experts at the biostation are waiting to help you. To find out more, contact us today.