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5 Common causes of low libido

Everyone experiences dips in her sex drive every now and again. Heck, there are times when even Miranda Kerr probably doesn’t feel like shagging Orlando Bloom. But if you’ve suffered a sudden hit to your libido or you’ve been dealing with long-term lack of sex drive, a deeper issue might be at play.

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1You’re not taking care of yourself.

According to the Australian Centre of Excellence in Male Reproductive Health, among the top causes of low libido for both men and women are being tired and stressed, not eating properly and not getting enough exercise. Excessive alcohol or marijuana use can also affect the sexual urge. These things drive down desire because they distract the chemicals needed to rev you up. For instance, DHEA, which is secreted by our adrenal glands and needed to produce testosterone, is diminished when we’re all riled up about a work issue or a fight with the mum-in-law.

Something as simple as working out for 20 minutes each day gets the blood pumping to your map of Tassie and ups your endorphins, which will make you happier, and hopefully, more in the mood for a romp. Sydney naturopath Siobhan Jordan adds that getting enough of vitamins B5, B6 and C as well as magnesium can guard your nervous system and adrenal glands from stress.

2You’re on certain prescriptions.

Studies have found that both antidepressants and hormonal contraception can be causes of low libido. The pill can lower your leves of androgen, which is a hormone that helps fuel friskiness. Birth control can mess with your natural oestrogen flow. Antihypertensives — drugs to treat blood pressure — and antihistamines also can hinder horniness. Your best bet is to talk to your doctor about switching your medication to help boost your low libido.

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