Has the “free love” generation lost its mojo? Many baby boomer gals, seem to answer, ‘yes’. In fact, millions of women enter perimenopause and then menopause and beyond, and say they check their sex drive at the door, and most are not happy about it.
According to Laura Corio, MD, a gynecologist and clinical instructor at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City, “I don’t think a day goes by when at least one patient – and usually more – complain that their sex drive is dropping off and want to know what they can do about it.”
Corio believes this problem, clinically known as HSDD (hypoactive sexual desire disorder) isn’t affecting more women, but more are coming forward, prompted, at least in part, by the success of male potency drugs like Viagra.
Male sex drive is easy to define and relatively easy to restore, but that is not the case for women. A female’s sex drive is “multifunctional,” and therefore the desire to make love is not only influenced by physical issues, but emotional ones as well.
Doctors have contributed emotions behind the loss of sex drive, but frequently it is the aging processes itself. Indeed, as many women are aware, Mother Nature built in a natural increase in the desire for sex beginning just prior to ovulation, and lasting several days afterwards — not coincidentally, the only time of the month conception is possible. When a women stops ovulating, she loses that regularly scheduled boost in her sex drive that has been present since puberty.
Moreover, around menopause, when there is also less estrogen circulating in your body, that too can bring your sex drive down for the count.
“Estrogen is a mood elevator, it works in the brain to maintain interest in sex, but it also works at the level of the genitals, helping to increase sensation and just making sex more pleasurable,” says Corio. Without it, she says, not only can desire take a dive, vaginal tissue begins to dry and shrink. As a result, intercourse can become uncomfortable, or even painful.
It’s time to put the sizzle in sex! While estrogen levels are important, the latest research shows that the male hormone testosterone also plays a role in a woman’s sex drive. Though present in only tiny amounts, some doctors say it’s the seasoning that makes her sex drive sizzle.
For many women who are otherwise healthy, a drop in testosterone that occurs at midlife is the reason for a decrease in sexual desire. And, studies show that sometimes the very treatments women take to control midlife symptoms — such as HRT — can actually disrupt desire by robbing the body of testosterone.
“When these hormones are taken orally, they are metabolized by the liver, which in turn puts out a protein that binds to testosterone, causing a deficiency,” says Corio.
To find your mojo again, look to The Wiley Protocol. Topical doses of estrogen and testosterone could be the key to the best sex of your life. Wiley says, “As a women ages her libido and desire for sex often diminishes. Testosterone can plays a key role in libido, energy, and immune function in women. Produced by the ovaries, testosterone, over the course of the menstrual cycle, has a rhythm in women.
Testosterone levels are highest for a woman in the early twenties, but by the time she approaches and enters menopause there may be a testosterone deficiency. The replacement of estrogen alone may not correct loss of muscle tone, absent sex drive, or general lack of mental function. The Wiley Protocol Testosterone cream for women is biomimetic and replicates feminine testosterone hormone rhythms.”