Lost Your Mojo? Hormone Therapies Could Bring the Sexy Back

We’ve all heard that “raging hormones” drive teenagers to do some pretty risky (and frisky) things. But when those teens become adults and reach the age of consent, they at last have the freedom to pursue their sexual desires.

And when those men and women reach their 40s, 50s, and beyond, they have arrived at one of the freest points in their lives. These are the ages when the nest is (or soon will be) empty and the risk of unplanned pregnancy has significantly declined. Those in long-term, monogamous relationships have little to fear in the way of STDs, and those who are single and dating are likely well-versed on protecting themselves. So why do so many feel they’ve lost their “mojo”?

Hormones.

As we age, go through life changes, wrestle with health issues, and deal with relationship struggles, our libido (sex drive) may seem to decline. Significantly. 

What Causes Low Libido?

There are any number of reasons for low libido in both sexes.

For men, low libido can be the result of:

  • Age: Because testosterone levels drop as men age, it is one of the most common causes of decreasing sexual desire.
  • Low testosterone: For men under 50, lower testosterone levels can be an indication of an underlying health condition or a response to cancer treatments.
  • Medications: Medications prescribed for blood pressure, depression, enlarged prostate, seizure, and anxiety, in addition to meds to prevent hair loss, antihistamines, and medical marijuana have also been known to decrease sexual desire.
  • Stress: Stress can significantly impact a man’s sex drive whether it originates at work, at home or in his relationship.
  • Depression: Men who are depressed frequently report a lack of interest in things they used to enjoy, including sex.
  • Sleep issues: Sleep studies indicate that disrupted or low-quality sleep, sleep apnea, insomnia and other sleep disorders can impact libido.
  • Chronic illness/pain: Debilitating illness and chronic pain can interfere with sexual desire.

For women, lack of sexual desire can come from a variety of circumstances:

  • Fatigue: Exhaustion from work, family, small children, or aging parents can impact a woman’s sex drive.
  • Lifestyle habits: Too much alcohol, drugs, or smoking can take its toll on sexual desire.
  • Medications: Certain medications, particularly antidepressants and anti-seizure medications, can hamper libido.
  • Medical conditions: Low libido runs parallel to non-sexual medical conditions such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and neurological disorders.
  • Menopause: A drop in estrogen levels and an increase in menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, uncomfortable sex, body changes, etc.) can throw cold water on a woman’s sex drive.
  • Pregnancy/breast-feeding: Fatigue, body changes, emotional and physical discomfort, and exhaustion while pregnant and after giving birth explain waning libido.
  • Psychological reasons: Previous negative or traumatic sexual experiences, mental health problems, stress, and poor body image can all decrease sexual desire.
  • Relationship issues: Conflicts within a relationship, lack of connection, poor communication, infidelity, and other relationship issues can greatly decrease libido.
  • Sexual problems: Painful sex or inability to reach orgasm can impact sexual desire.

The Benefits and Risks of Hormone Therapy

Many HT recipients have described the treatments as a “fountain of youth.” While HT doesn’t prevent aging, it can offer a feeling of renewed energy. Additionally, both men and women report an increase in sexual desire.

Benefits and Risks of Hormone Therapy

Of course, every medical procedure holds both benefits and risks, so a person suffering from low libido should take these factors into account when deciding if HT is right for them.

Benefits of HT for women include:

  • Improved libido
  • Increased energy
  • Clearer thinking
  • Easing of menopause symptoms
  • Improved vaginal health
  • Easing symptoms of early menopause after hysterectomy
  • Decrease in bone loss after menopause

Risks of HT for women include:

  • Blood clots
  • Cancer
  • Birth defects
  • Dense breast tissue

Benefits of HT for men include:

  • Improved libido
  • Increased energy
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Acceleration of fat burning for increased weight loss
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduction in depression

Risks of HT for men include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Chest pain
  • Blood clots
  • Worsening sleep apnea
  • Increased cholesterol levels
  • Infertility

Is Hormone Therapy Right for You?

Both men and women can benefit from Hormone Therapy. However, the decision to undergo HT should be made in consultation with a medical professional. You may be a good candidate for HT if you experience any of the following:

Women

  • Decreased sex drive
  • Early menopause
  • Hot flashes
  • Mood changes
  • Night sweats or excessive sweating
  • Painful intercourse

Men

  • Anxiety
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Depression
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness and lack of stamina
  • Weight gain

Certain people are NOT good candidates for HT. You should consider an alternative to HT to address symptoms if you fall into any of the following categories:

Women

  • You have mild menopausal symptoms.
  • You have a risk of osteoporosis.
  • You have or have a family history of breast cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, blood clots, or stroke.

Men

  • You have a history of prostate or breast cancer.
  • You have or have a family history of heart disease, high red blood cell counts, kidney disease or liver disease.

Find Out More About Hormone Therapy

Hormone therapy could be just what you need to bring your sexy back. Find out more about HT and whether you’d be a good candidate by speaking with a medical professional at Balance Hormone Center. Contact us online today.