You probably already know the typical causes of a low libido. Too much alcohol, not enough sleep and feeling stressed at work are obvious mood-killers. But if you are experiencing a low libido and can’t put your finger on the cause, there are a number of other factors that could be killing your sex drive. Some of them are so obvious you’ll be shocked you didn’t think of it, and some of them are quite surprising.
Part of the beauty of antihistamines is that they dry out your mucus membranes, relieving you of the gross snottiness that allergy sufferers are only too familiar with. However, your vagina kinda relies on mucus-producing cells to get wet. So if you’re often bone dry down there, your allergy medication could be the reason why.
Try not taking your antihistamine 24 hours before you plan on getting frisky. If you’re more of a spontaneous lover, keep some lube nearby at all times.
2 Your diet
We already know about the aphrodisiac qualities of foods like oysters and honey but did you know that some foods can have the opposite effect?
Eating cheese can mess with your hormone levels – and you need your hormones to be on-board and settled for you to feel turned on. Also, chocolate is full of methylxantines, which make you feel sleepy and lazy (AKA not in the mood).
Other foods that have been linked to lowering libido include microwaved popcorn (we knew all the chemicals in there had to be bad for something), liquorice, mint and red meat.
Before any weed-lovers get mad, let’s be clear: the jury is out on this one. Some people swear that smoking weed actually improves their sex drive. However, there are also studies showing that smoking weed can be linked to sexual dysfunction. It can also be to blame for erectile dysfunction, which is always a mood killer. If you love smoking but feel dry and unsexy often AF, there could be a link there…
4 Your medicine cabinet
Besides your antihistamines, there are a number of other drugs that could be dampening the flames of desire without you knowing it. Beta blockers, antidepressants, birth control pills, and medication for anxiety, high blood pressure and seizures have all been linked to lowering your libido.
But before you take yourself off your potentially life-saving medication in the name of hooking up, go speak to your doctor about it.
Not only is snoring annoying AF for anyone sharing a bed with you, but it could also be a sign of sleep apnea. This is where your breathing is interrupted throughout the night. You sleep through it but your body is alert the whole time, which leaves you exhausted.
People with sleep apnea often have low testosterone levels, and your testosterone is linked to your libido levels. You’ll need to speak to a doctor or go in to a sleep clinic to sort this one out.
6 Your thyroid
It’s likely you never give the thyroid gland in your neck much thought, but your thyroid is responsible for secreting a number of hormones – and people with thyroid problems often have a low libido.
If you’re suffering from weight gain, hair loss, dry skin as well as a low sex drive, then your thyroid could be to blame. The good news is, once treated, your lust levels should bounce back to normal. Yass!
Your bedtime scroll habit could be one of the reasons you don’t feel like initiating sex. You scroll until you’re bored or tired, neither of which are conducive to getting freaky with your bae. Try implementing a no-phones-in-bed rule and see if the fire returns.
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