What to do when you no longer feel like making love, when the desire is no longer there? What to do when your libido is at a standstill? Cooking, couple therapy, seduction secrets… What are the “little ways” to rekindle the flame?
Loss of Sexual Desire
When there is a loss of sexual desire, it is called anaphrodisia, a lack of desire. Women are more affected than men.
The term libido comes from Latin and means desire. A term that comes from Freudian psychoanalysis and designates the sexual energy that generates the drive. In concrete terms, to return to a purely biological level, our libido depends on the secretion of sex hormones. Testosterone, oestrogen and progesterone start to ‘boil over’ in adolescence, triggering the appearance of secondary sexual characteristics.
Our brains are directly connected to the sexual organs through the various hormonal messages, which partly influence our sexual behaviour. In both sexes, what is central to the desire mechanism is testosterone. This is the male sex hormone, but it also exists in women. It is produced by the testicles, the ovaries and the adrenal glands.
In women, other hormones are involved. Estrogen is produced at the beginning of the cycle and reaches its peak just before ovulation, when the libido increases. Then progesterone is released, and as it is a pregnancy-promoting hormone, libido drops slightly. Another hormone, prolactin, also plays a major role in sexual appetite: the higher it is, the less you want to cuddle. This is not surprising, given that it is a hormone that stimulates milk production in the mammary gland. Its secretion increases in order to trigger breastfeeding.
But libido does not only depend on hormonal factors. Psychological and environmental factors also play an important role. The decrease in libido can be caused by difficulties in the couple, personal problems (e.g. severe anxiety, depression), but also by medication which can cause a decrease in libido as a side effect. A sexologist can help find the cause, or even the causes, as it is not uncommon for several causes to be interrelated. He will adapt the treatment accordingly.
In addition, small means can stimulate the flame.
Plants that can help you with your loss of sexual desire
When it comes to boosting the libido, it is impossible not to mention Peruvian Maca, also known as “Peruvian ginseng”. This little wonder grows in the Andes. Its taste, which is similar to that of hazelnuts, is very pleasant. The local population consumes it. But traditional medicine also uses this plant to benefit from its aphrodisiac properties.
Indeed, Peruvian Maca has the power to stimulate the activity of men and women. It acts on the vigour and the sexual organs. It even increases the quantity of sperm. In this way, it solves infertility problems in men (the same applies to women). All this is possible thanks to the active compounds of this plant and its tonic effect on all the functions of the body. According to scientists, Peruvian Maca has components with an action very similar to testosterone.
Having mentioned “Peruvian Ginseng”, we must now tell you about Korean Ginseng. For centuries, its roots have been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat sexual impotence and erectile dysfunction. Scientific research has been carried out on it. This has led to the conclusion that ginseng is indeed a powerful remedy for erectile dysfunction. It is said to promote the mobility and production of spermatozoa.
Ginseng also combats stress and improves mood by increasing the transmission of neurotransmitters. In other words, it helps you to manage your stress and has a positive effect on you. Loss of desire is sometimes caused by a stress problem. A ginseng cure will allow you to experience a feeling of well-being, which is a prerequisite for better sexual relations. Most people who have undergone a ginseng cure report a more balanced and fulfilling sex life.
Ginger is a perennial plant native to Asia. Widely used as a spice in cooking, it is also used as an aphrodisiac. It is said to have the power to stimulate the sexual appetite of men and women. In fact, it contains a substance called ‘gingerol’. The latter is said to help facilitate the flow of blood. It is said to have a vasodilating effect. As a result, ginger promotes a good erection and increases the ability to have an orgasm. It also raises the body temperature.
Studies on this plant have also revealed that its extracts boost testosterone production. In addition, since it contains antioxidants, it improves your brain function and helps you feel better in your body. To consume it as an aphrodisiac, it is necessary to take it in all its forms. You can make an infusion of ginger. You can also find it in the form of natural supplements in specialist shops. Another option is to eat it in a dish or make a juice. To boost the effects of ginger, it is recommended to combine it with ginseng.
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