The Essential Guide For Your Hormones

Have better stamina, success, strength, and sex by taking control of your hormone balance.

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Beyond the obvious, sex has a long list of benefits, including improving cardiovascular health, boosting the immune system, lessening pain, and lowering blood pressure. But out­of­whack hormone levels can sabotage your libido. Adrenal glands are at the source of your desire, which produces testosterone and estrogen, among others. The International Journal of Impotence Research found that low libido levels were directly correlated with low levels of total testosterone, free testosterone, and DHEA­S in pre­ and postmenopausal women. So how to get your groove back despite fluctuating hormones? Here’s how to course­ correct hormones: 

Rethink The Pill. 

Estrogen, testosterone, and DHEA are the main hormone influencers over sex drive. And if you’re among the 17% of women of reproduc­tive age who use birth control pills, take note: “Hormonal birth control pills essentially shut down ovaries, stopping them from making testosterone,” says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecol­ogy at Yale Medical School. Testosterone is key for libido, and if your sex drive is low, she advises that women on birth control taking a pill with progestin in it instead. Certain progestins, like those in pills such as levonor­ gestrel, will act more like testosterone in the body and will be less likely to interfere with libido. Or switch to an IUD, which allows testosterone to be produced naturally. 

Try An Rx For Peak Arousal. 

Several natural remedies may play an important role in boosting sex drive. A few that might help you get in the mood more often: 

  • Research in Urologic Nursing found that supplementation with herbs like damiana, an African shrub that might boost dopamine levels, and ginseng, which is associated with higher energy and stamina, may rouse libido. The same study also highlighted L­arginine, an amino acid precursor to nitric oxide, which mediates smooth muscle like that in the clitoris and vagina, and has been shown to provide significant improvement in arousal in female subjects. 
  • A research analysis in the 2015 Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews found that DHEA may improve sexual function. However, because DHEA forms male and female hormones in the body, it can quickly turn into too much of a good thing. The National Institutes of Health recommends 25 to 50mg given daily for androgen deficiency, but talk to your doctor about an amount that might be right for you. 
  • Research in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that adaptogen Tongkat ali also improved libido, energy, and stress hormone balance by increasing the amount of free testosterone in the body. These findings may suggest that other adaptogens like ashwagandha and maca (a Peruvian root used to treat low energy and female hormone imbalances) may help naturally boost sex drive. 

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