low sex drive

How Do I Help My Low Sex Drive Long-term?

You get to choose an intimate night with one of the following: Chris Hemsworth, Michael B. Jordan, Emilia Clarke, Dua Lipa, or a pepperoni pizza. If you picked the pizza, you may be experiencing a low sex drive (or you may just be hungry, but stay with me on this).

Both men and women can experience low libidos for various reasons. Some of the most common are:

  • Too much or too little exercise
  • Overindulgence in alcohol or drugs
  • Depression or stress
  • Not feeling emotionally close to your partner
  • A physical illness, such as cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, or arthritis 
  • Low testosterone

Testosterone is usually thought of as a hormone that only men need. While it’s true that men have and need more testosterone than women, it is a hormone that everyone needs. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, normal testosterone levels should be 

  • 280 to 1,100 ng/dL (nanograms per deciliter) for men
  • 15 to 70 ng/dL for women

Low testosterone symptoms 

Symptoms of low testosterone in men are:

  • Low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Memory loss or brain fog

Symptoms of low testosterone in women are:

  • Low sex drive
  • Reduced sexual satisfaction
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of menstrual cycles
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Fertility issues
  • Loss of bone density
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Memory loss

Remember those days when you desperately wanted to have sex? You and your partner couldn’t keep your hands off of each other in the elevator and tore each other’s clothes off as soon as you made it back into the apartment? No? Well, fuzzy memory is also a sign of low testosterone. Also, that may just be a scene from a 90’s Rom-Com… 

The point is, wouldn’t you like to recapture that feeling? At Alazzo Med Spa, we have found BIHRT ( Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy) to be an effective way of increasing testosterone levels back to normal in both men and women (women’s bodies use testosterone to create a form of estrogen called estradiol. Low estrogen is the main cause of hot flashes and night sweats).

BIHRT hormones are man-made and derived from natural plant estrogens, rather than from animals (like their synthetic counterparts). These hormones are chemically identical to what your body produces. The National American Menopause Society reports that over 1.4 million women are using some type of bioidentical hormone therapy.

The disadvantage of testosterone injections is that the effect wears off every 7-22 days, so levels don’t stay the same. We use testosterone pellets instead, which slowly and consistently release the hormone for three to four months in the way that your body would. 

How BIHRT works

We first test your blood to help determine the appropriate number of pellets to insert, and then on a predetermined day, give you a numbing local anesthetic so that you don’t feel anything. The pellets, which are about the size of a grain of rice,  are inserted under the skin into your hip or buttocks area. After 4-5 weeks, we retest your hormone levels. For more details about the benefits of BIHRT and the procedure we use, please read our blog, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. 

Most people are thrilled with the results and elect to continue the BIHRT therapy every few months. They like the way they feel, are happy with their overall sense of well-being, and are excited (wink wink) to be able to get back to the important business of lusting, with a spring in their step and a twinkle in their eye!

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