LOW SEX DRIVE
Perimenopausal and menopausal women often experience a decreased desire for sex caused by an imbalance
in the hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
The decline in women’s sex drive and libido continues steadily from approximately 30%
of 30-year-old women to 50% of 50-year-old women. Women who are having normal periods in their 40's and 50's may still be
50% low in testosterone levels compared to 30-year-old women. Testosterone levels are reduced by more than 40% with estrogen
This is because, normally after menopause, the pituitary gland in our brain continues to secrete a hormone (LH) that
stimulates the ovary to continue producing androgens. (Libido actually improves for some women after 50.) Adding replacement
estrogen, however, keeps the pituitary from producing the androgen-stimulating hormones. Symptoms in addition to low sex drive
and decreased intensity of orgasm may include loss of energy and sense of well being, and affect as many as 50% of menopausal
Testosterone is the hormone of sexual
desire. Surgical menopause (i.e., removal of uterus and ovaries) causes immediate decline in testosterone
by 50% as well as an 80% fall in estradiol.
How To Increase Female Libido
Female libido can be a complex issue. Our Gr8Life Program considers all factors involved. We use a natural way to increase female libido with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), phytotherapy
and sound lifestyle recommendations.