How Hormone Optimization Can Increase Your Libido
Suffering from low libido? While there are several factors that affect sex drive, one of the biggest is hormone levels. Since hormones regulate so many parts of the body, when one chemical is out of balance it can cause a whole range of issues, including low libido. There are three specific hormones that have an impact on libido: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Read on to learn more about these three hormones, and how hormone optimization can restore a healthy libido.
Estrogen and Progesterone
As women age, the body naturally slows down progesterone production, which can lead to estrogen dominance. This can be brought on naturally during perimenopause or from excessive stress. Stress can quickly throw your hormone levels out of balance because it spikes cortisol levels that end up blocking your progesterone receptors. The result is lower libido in women, which can be treated with hormone optimization therapy.
It may come as a surprise that testosterone levels are important for both men and women, affecting the libido of both sexes. In women, testosterone heightens the sexual experience, and low testosterone reduces sexual desire and satisfaction. Reduced ovarian function and hormone imbalances are the main cause of low testosterone in women during their post-menopausal years.
In men, testosterone levels gradually decline with age. A testosterone deficiency in men not only reduces libido and causes erectile dysfunction, but it can also cause a full range of symptoms that interfere with the enjoyment of everyday life, like anxiety, depression, insomnia, and more.
Benefits of Hormone Optimization
Hormone optimization therapy, or bioidentical hormone replacement, is designed to reverse the negative effects of hormone imbalances in both men and women. It stabilizes your hormone levels so you can live a healthier life with a strong libido.
In women, hormone optimization therapy consists of supplementation with progesterone or testosterone, while men can receive testosterone replacement. There are several benefits associated with hormone optimization therapy aside from increasing your sex drive, including:
- More Energy: Hormone optimization therapy can help men and women alike feel younger and more energetic. Low estrogen and low testosterone are associated with lethargy, so balancing these hormones in the body can instantly bring your energy back.
- Improved Cognitive Function: Difficulty thinking or focusing can be a sign of a hormonal imbalance. As men and women age, declining cognitive function can be due to a drop in hormone levels but restoring hormones to proper levels can reverse this effect.
- Improved Mood: Hormone imbalances in the brain can cause stress, anxiety, irritability, and depression. Low levels of estrogen in women and low levels of testosterone in men can negatively affect a person’s overall mood. Hormone replacement therapy can help you find relief and improve your mood.
Restore Your Libido with Hormone Optimization Therapy
Ready to start enjoying your sex life again? Hormone optimization can help! Reach out to the professionals at Impact Medical Sarasota today at (941) 222-1157. After your free initial consultation, we’ll develop a customized treatment plan to get your hormone levels in balance so you can live a healthier, happier, fulfilled life.