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Decreased libido

By Anonymous August 1, 2014 - 2:11pm
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When you are peri menopausal, what can you do about low sex drive? Are herbal supplements safe to take.

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your post! 

Menopause and perimenopause are times when women can indeed lose their libido. 

Unfortunately, there has been quite the obsession with male sexual dysfunction, with women universally ignored. However, we are now seeing changes and women's libidos are considered as important as men's - imagine that! 

Women are generally more complex than men when it comes to sexual dysfunction.  Hormones can play a leading role, as can pregnancy, post-pregnancy, stress, breastfeeding, illness and a packed calendar.  Women also have a more emotional connection with libido. 

Viagra is not FDA approved for women but in tests, women say it has helped them. Talk to your doctor about trying it. There is currently a drug called flibanserin that is going through the testing phase and has shown excellent results. Let's hope there are very few side effects and that it gets approved soon. Right now there are no FDA approved prescriptions for female sexual dysfunction/lack of sexual desire.

In the meantime,  here is a list of herbs thought to increase libido and desire:


These supplements are safe to take for most women but check with your doctor first. 

You can also discuss estrogen or testosterone pills, creams and patches. These are not herbal and may need a prescription but can really help. 

We wish you the best and please don't give up on your sex life - talk to a naturopathic specialist and your doctor to see what can be done to help you! 



August 3, 2014 - 4:21pm
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