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Do you find yourself juggling several responsibilities all at once? Is your calendar constantly filled with meetings, parties, deadlines, and other important events? Do you feel exhausted despite getting eight hours of sleep? It’;s no wonder your libido is hitting an all time low – you’;re probably suffering from adrenal fatigue. You see, physical and psychological stress takes a toll on our bodies and manifests themselves in undesirable ways, such as depression and reduced sex drive. Unfortunately, this is especially common during perimenopause and on into menopause because our hormones can exacerbate the negative way our bodies deal with stress. So, the key to increasing female libido is to heal your adrenal glands by freeing your life from stress, as much as you possibly can.
Adrenal fatigue: a 21st century syndrome affecting sexual function
The adrenal glands are triangular-shaped glands responsible for releasing hormones that regulate bodyily functions. These hormones include the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone, and the stress hormone cortisol. When the body encounters physical or emotional stress, the adrenal glands create a flight or fight response by securing cortisol. Unlike our ancestors, however, women of today are hounded by stress; instead of experiencing a few stressful episodes followed by a long period of rest, every facet of our lives is aggravated by stress, from our practitioners to our relationships. If this sounds like you, your cortisol levels are probably always up and creating havoc on the quality of your life – including your sex life.
Adrenal fatigue and how it affects a woman’;s libido
The human body is equipped for survival and will do whatever it takes to make sure you escape danger. This means that the adrenal glands will always prioritize survival over reproduction when faced with chronic stress; they will spend more time producing cortisol rather than the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. From your body’;s perspective, it makes more sense to conserve your energy for survival rather than procreation. So for as long as your body perceives itself to be in danger, your sex drive will remain low and you will not feel particularly amorous.
One other factor that effects the action of cortisol is the diminishing testosterone levels during perimenopause and menopause. Testosterone plays a big role in your sex life; it’;s what drives arousal, sexual interest, and sexual response. The ovaries are primarily responsible for testosterone production, but they can also come from DHEA, a hormone from the adrenal glands. If the adrenal glands are healthy, they can easily resume the role of sex hormone production from the ovaries. But if your adrenal glands are under too much stress, they will favor cortisol production over DHEA production, leading to low testosterone levels and low sex drive.
Healing your adrenals to increase female libido
Do not let your stressful life interfere with the quality of your sex life! By taking a few simple steps to heal your adrenals, you can take charge of your sexuality and enjoy this natural period of transition.
Reduce your caffeine in intake
If there’;s one substance that triggers the production of cortisol, it’;s caffeine. Caffeine places your cells on alert and puts them under the illusion that the body needs to prepare for an oncoming attack. Limit you caffeine eye to a small cup of coffee a day, and avoid caffeine drinks like soda, or hot chocolate.
Eat well for your adrenals
A diet high in lean meats, vegetables, and fruits will support the proper functioning of your adrenals because they contain vitamins that help the body combat stress. Refined carbohydrates and sugar, on the other hand, can exacerbate the exhaustion caused by adrenal fatigue. Keep your bases covered by taking a daily multivitamin supplement.
Make time for yourself
The only way to recover from stress is to get away from the source of stress. While you may feel as though you can not let go of your responsibilities, it’;s okay to make some time for yourself. Devote a few hours of the day for "me time". You do not have to do anything special during "me time", but whatever you have to have something you enjoy and that you find relaxing.