What Libido Is And How To Overcome Low Libido

Libido is sexual appetite or drive. A person’s libido is motivated by brain function, hormones, and learned behavior, regardless of their sex, and tends to fluctuate according to mental state, hormonal shifts, and stress. Some medications can affect sexual appetite as well.

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Understanding Libido

When a person’s libido is high, they’re more likely to desire sexual intimacy and to seek it out with a partner or through masturbation. This is healthy and normal, but an overly high libido that interferes with quality of life can be a sign of a hormonal imbalance or neurological disorder. When libido dips, interest in sex does as well and may be completely absent, which can put a strain on intimate relationships. Once diagnosed and a cause is determined, both extremes can be treated.

The neural pathways involved in sexual desire are similar in males and females and include cerebral, spinal, and peripheral components. Libido directly correlates to physical responses: when sexual desire is high, blood flow to the penis resulting in an erection signifies sexual desire, as does lubrication and enlargement of the labia.

Overly High Libido

There’s a discernible difference between a robust libido and one that’s too high. In fact, aside from contributing to a satisfying sex life, the former has health benefits, including:

  • Less stress
  • Better mental health
  • Healthy relationships
  • Boosted confidence
  • Better sleep
  • More exercise

It’s when sexual appetite is so strong that it feels out of control and interferes with daily life that there may be cause for concern.https://890711c91af60471890ab540cfcd8c2b.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html


Your libido is potentially overly high if:

  • Your sex life begins to impact your life, relationships, health, and work.
  • Sexual desire takes over your thoughts and behavior.
  • You use sex to cope with mental challenges such as depression or anxiety. 
  • Your relationships are at risk due to your high sexual appetite. 
  • You feel empty or unfulfilled after having sex.

If you have persistent sexual urges that cause you to feel uncomfortable or are out of your control, you may have hypersexual disorder.


An overly high libido is nothing to be ashamed of and may have an underlying medical cause, such as:https://890711c91af60471890ab540cfcd8c2b.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

  • High levels of the mood-regulating neurochemicals dopamine, serotonin, or both
  • Certain medications 
  • A condition that affects parts of the brain that can impact sexual behavior such as epilepsy or dementia


Once the cause of overly high libido is determined, treatment can be targeted to manage the problem. For example, if a medication is to blame, the dosage may be changed or a different drug prescribed.

Likewise, once identified and treated, an underlying brain disorder may no longer affect sexual desire. Other strategies, including psychotherapy and increased physical activity, may help as well.

Low Libido

Waning sexual desire is more common than overly high libido and has more potential causes, most of which, once identified, can be treated to restore sexual interest.


There are no clinical criteria for diagnosing low libido. What’s more, there is a high degree of variation in how it is experienced (since what is “normal” sexual desire for one person may seem high or low to another). However, commonly cited symptoms include:

  • Loss of desire for a partner
  • Disinterest in masturbation
  • Few or no sexual fantasies
  • Stress or concern about a lack of interest in sex 

A persistently low libido may be an indication of hypoactive sexual desire disorder, which is a lack of desire as well as a lack of sexual fantasies for an extended period of time. 


Hormonal shifts are a common cause of low libido. People of all sexes can experience dips in libido in response to decreases in estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, with low testosterone being a prime suspect.1

Low testosterone, also known as low T, is especially an issue for men, since, in addition to affecting libido, testosterone stimulates sperm production and contributes to muscle mass. Medications to raise testosterone can be considered if fertility is of interest.2 

Very low testosterone—defined as below 300 nanograms per deciliter of blood—is called “hypogonadism.” This condition affects 3 million to 4 million men in the United States.3

 For most of them, testosterone levels begin to drop after 30.4

Low libido is not the same as erectile dysfunction, although both can lead to stress, confusion, and friction between partners. Overview of Erectile Dysfunction

Women also can experience a decrease in sexual desire as a result of low testosterone levels, but, for most, waning estrogen is more likely the issue. In a 2008 study, 26% of premenopausal women and 52% of menopausal women (estrogen dips during menopause) struggled with low sexual desire.5

People of all gender identities may be sensitive to a lengthy list of emotional and medical factors associated with low libido. A common one is high levels of stress, which can impact hormones and influence the fight-or-flight response, in which heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing increase dramatically in response to a stressful situation and hormones known to decrease sex drive—cortisol and epinephrine—are released.6 This may cause sexual desire to evaporate altogether.7

Other potential causes of low libido include:


The key to effectively treating low libido is identifying the cause. In many cases, a combination of approaches may be necessary to enhance sexual drive.

Lifestyle Changes

When a certain habit is likely to be involved in low libido, such as being sedentary, changing your behavior may be helpful, such as:

  • Getting more exercise 
  • Following a healthy, nutritious diet
  • Managing stress
  • Quitting smoking, drug use, or excessive alcohol consumption
  • Communicating more directly about your needs with your sexual partner

Behavioral Therapy

A therapist who specializes in sexual issues can help you (and your partner, should you choose to attend sessions together) identify emotional sources of lack of sexual drive. They can also offer practical tips and techniques for enhancing desire and enjoyment in the bedroom.


There are only a few medications known to be helpful in enhancing ebbing sexual desire. For women these include Addyi (flibanserin) and Bremelanotide Vyleesi (bremelanotide).

For men, an erectile dysfunctional medication such as Viagra (sildenafil) may be helpful, even though lifting libido is not a primary purpose of these drugs

If you’re taking a medication you suspect may be affecting your sex drive, do not stop taking it without first talking to your healthcare provider. They may be able to adjust your dose or prescribe a different medication.

Hormone Therapy

More likely to be effective than prescription medications is hormone replacement strategies, including:

  • Testosterone replacement therapy, which can be delivered via injection, topical gel, nasally, or orally8
  • Intrarosa (prasterone), a suppository that is inserted into the vagina to relieve pain during sex

A Word To Note Down

Sexual desire can be a touchy topic. Whether you’re experiencing a libido that feels as if it’s in overdrive or you have virtually no appetite for physical intimacy at all, you may feel uncomfortable thinking about it—much less talking to your partner or even a medical professional about it. But remember: both the person who loves you and the healthcare providers and therapists who specialize in sexual issues want nothing more than to help you. What’s more, while the solution to normalizing sexual desire won’t always be straightforward, in all likelihood there is one—one that will be well worth the search.

Sexual Enhancement Cream for Women FAQs

How do sexual enhancement creams for women work?

The cream is applied to the woman’s genital area, specifically the underside of the clitoral hood, allowing the active ingredients to directly stimulate the tissue surface.

Once applied, the cream improves blood flow and dilation of the blood vessels around the clitoris, greatly enhancing sensitivity and arousal. Although response time varies with each individual woman and with the specific product chosen, the effects tend to develop more rapidly with sexual stimulation through touching, rubbing, and licking in the clitoral area.

Are the effects noticeable immediately?

Yes, most products, especially Vigorelle™, immediately increase sensations. Not only does the product work right away, but with continued use, a woman’s responses should become even more intense.

I used to have a strong sex drive and much more sensitivity, but over the years this has diminished. What’s going on? Would a women’s enhancement cream help?

Women naturally undergo many hormonal, physical and even attitudinal changes during their lifetimes that can affect sexual response. Good overall health and a concerted effort to reduce stress can be helpful, but adding enhancement creams to the sexual routine will provide a significant impact to any woman. Users of the Vigorelle™ brand of female enhancement cream report excellent restoration of youthful sexual intensity, and experiences that are new and exceptionally conducive to orgasm.

Are there any side effects with these products?

With high-quality products, the answer is no. You should check to see that the cream you’re choosing is 100% all natural with no propylene glycol or methyl paraben substances. Quality creams are safe and natural, and work through direct application to the skin. Since they are not pills or powders that must be ingested, there’s no incidence of gastrointestinal upset. On the other hand, it is always wise to sample products like this with a small dosage before using it on a larger scale. If no irritations develop during the test, you should be good to use the product as directed.

How do I know which product to try?

You can investigate the ingredients and the method of manufacture (look for safe, certified pharmaceutical-grade facilities). Also, you should go with a reputable company that’s been around a while and has a large number of satisfied customers. Our testing showed Vigorelle™ to be the best product in this category, though product choice is essentially yours.

Are female sexual enhancement creams expensive?

Prices vary by manufacturer. However, it’s good to keep in mind that you get what you pay for — and in this category of products, we’d advise shopping by criteria other than price alone. Companies that use only top-quality essential active ingredients obviously cost more to make, consequently have to charge more for their products.

How can I obtain these products and maintain my privacy?

Ordering online is a great way to discreetly get the product you want. Read the site carefully to find out how the manufacturer ships; if they don’t already ship in plain packaging that doesn’t reveal the contents, you may be able to request the service.

How about a guarantee?

You should insist on a guarantee, and make sure to read the fine print. Although all reputable companies offer them, not all companies that have them are reputable… Take extra time to read how the guarantee works, some products require a one year supply to be eligible for a refund, so shop carefully! If you have trouble finding a product you trust on your own, we recommend Vigorelle™, as it features a straight forward guarantee that you can have confidence in.

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