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Making love is such a big thing in a couple’s lives. It keeps the relationship fun, exciting, and a lot more intimate. But from time to time, people have experienced low sex drive because of whatever reason. It is normal to not be in the mood to have sex. But if it is experienced for a long period of time, then it can be something concerning for the couple.
Experiencing low sex drive can be very frustrating, but we’re here to help you.
What is Acupuncture?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is considered a technique that helps balance the energy flow or life force in your body known as chi or qi. It is a method of puncturing sharp needles into the skin in certain body points for your qi to rebalance and improve health, illness, or discomfort.
Scientifically, it can stimulate the central nervous system which can release natural chemicals to the muscles, brain, and spinal cord. These natural chemicals stimulate the body’s natural healing capabilities and boosts a person’s physical and emotional well-being.
Acupuncture is traditionally used as an alternative treatment for chronic pain, relieves discomfort, and believed to treat certain diseases or illness. Acupuncture is an alternative treatment for depression, anxiety, infertility, insomnia, migraine, stress, nausea, headache, musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others), and many more. It is also believed that acupuncture can help boost the libido of individuals and improve their quality of life according to multiple studies.
Acupuncture and Low Libido
Low libido is described as a decreased interest in any sexual activities. It can be considered as a health issue if a person experiences low sex drive for a prolonged period of time. It is a concerning problem that affects both men and women.
Low libido is commonly associated with men because of erectile dysfunction, but in reality, this condition is more common to women than men. According to one of the studies, 43% of women in the United States are affected by Female Sexual Dysfunction, mainly having low sex drive or sexual desires. The result of this study showed that acupuncture significantly improved their sexual functions, particularly their sex drive.
In another study, men and women are having sexual dysfunctions caused by taking antidepressants because of their anxiety and mood disorders. For 12 consecutive weeks, they were assessed and treated with acupuncture, which resulted to significant improvements to their sexual functions and desires. Among men, this resulted in better erection and orgasm, while an increase of libido and lubrication among women.
If you really think about it, needles and sex don’t really go together. But this just goes to show that acupuncture helps boost your libido. Acupuncture is well-known to help alleviate stress, anxiety, depression, improve sleep, and even known to treat infertility, which are all major factors that could affect your sex drive.
Causes of Low Sex Drive
Having low libido can be caused by numerous issues:
Poor Blood Circulation
Having poor blood circulation can be caused by different health conditions such as obesity, heart conditions, diabetes, and arterial issues. This can cause poor erection and also affect orgasm.
Imbalanced hormones can affect both sexes and can occur at any age. Low testosterone or estrogen could be a reason for a low sex drive. Having thyroid problems, or taking contraceptive medicine may also affect one’s sex drive.
Menopaused women have low estrogen levels, which result to less interest in sex and cause vaginal tissue dryness that can lead to painful or unenjoyable sex.
Women who are pregnant and breastfeeding have hormone changes which can also affect their sex drive. Being tired and fatigue, stressed, and changes in their body contribute to their low sexual desire.
Stress is a very big factor that affects one’s libido. A person is less interested in sexual activities when under stress and experiences anxiety. It also causes one to be more exhausted than usual which makes them more interested in sleeping than having sex. When stressed, your arteries are narrower and can lead to erectile dysfunction in men which reduces their confidence and interest in sex.
When a person is depressed, they are experiencing extreme loneliness and hopelessness. This can result to their low sex drive due to their depression or is a side effect of the antidepressant medications they are taking.
Relationship or Marriage Problems
This is one of the most common causes of having low sex drive. Having problems between couples or within their personal lives decrease their level of intimacy and sexual desire with each other that badly affects their relationship or marriage.
Poor Sexual Performance
Sex is a big part of a relationship which keeps it fun, exciting, and a lot more intimate. Having poor sexual performance can negatively affect the couple’s sex drive that can lead to less intimacy. This decreases their confidence and self-esteem which can lead to them avoiding sexual activities due to the fear of being judged and rejected.
Drugs and Alcohol
Taking excessive amounts of drugs or alcohol can lead to one’s sex drive to decrease. In the case of marijuana, it is known to directly affect the pituitary gland which is responsible for the production of testosterone. On the other hand, drinking too much alcohol can interfere with the ability to feel sexual stimulations by interfering the signals between the brain and genitals. This can lead to a person finding it hard to ejaculate or ejaculate quickly.
As a person ages, low libido is experienced by both men and women. This is because of the decrease of testosterone levels for men, and estrogen levels for women.
Some medications have side effects that can lead to having low sex drive like antidepressants, diuretics, medicine for epilepsy, psychosis, seizures, and also medication for hormone imbalance.
A person who has history of physical abuse or sexual abuse can cause trauma that lead to having a long-term loss of sex drive.
Symptoms of Low Libido
These are some of the factors that can help assess yourself to know if you possibly have low libido:
- Having little to no interest in any type of sexual activity, including masturbation.
- Having none to few sexual thoughts and fantasies.
- Having no interest in initiating sex.
- Having difficulty getting pleasure from sex.
- Lacking the pleasurable sensations when genitals are stimulated
How Acupuncture Can Help With Your Sex Drive
Acupuncture has been a popular alternative for treating different sexual health conditions, and is gaining traction as a natural treatment for improving one’s sex drive. There are little to no side effects when using acupuncture as a treatment compared to conventional medicine. Not only does acupuncture help deal with the problem, but also assess and treat the body and mind as a whole.
There are many reasons for one’s low libido, and we need to understand the underlying factors causing the problems for acupuncture to help.
Improves Blood Flow
Acupuncture helps improve the circulation of the blood along pathways that surround the reproductive organs and as well as other organs like the kidneys. Having a healthy blood circulation enhances your senses to sensual experiences and settings. This can result in having better and more intense orgasms.
Sleep is one of the most important things we need in life. We will need quality sleep for our body and mind to function properly. Having a tired and fatigued body because of the lack of good quality sleep can definitely lead to having decreased sex drive. Acupuncture can help make you feel calm and relaxed, both body and mind, which will result in better sleep. It can also treat sleeping disorders like insomnia. Having a well-rested mind and body will result to you having more energy, which will also increase your sex drive.
Acupuncture helps regulate hormonal imbalances. According to different studies, it helps men produce more testosterone, and helps women produce more estrogen. A person’s sex drive is highly influenced by their hormones. Our hormones acts as a messenger that signals arousal, which lead to higher sex drive.
Relieving stress, depression, and anxiety
Acupuncture is used as a treatment to make a person feel relaxed, which in turn relieves them from stress, depression, and anxiety. With our everyday lives, we will have accumulated stress, and acupuncture can help alleviate that. It helps restore emotional balance, and make us feel content and at peace. This will result in you being stress free and having a higher libido.
Other Benefits of Acupuncture For Sexual Health
Acupuncture doesn’t only help you increase your sex drive, but its also used for other different sexual conditions for both men and women:
- Lower sperm count
- Premature Ejaculation
- Vaginal Dryness
- Diminished Sperm Motility
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