Libido Challenge: FATIGUE
A hectic work schedule—and the mental and physical stress that comes with it—can wreak havoc on your sex drive. Add traveling for work to the mix, and you might as well slip your libido an Ambien since a lack of sleep is more than enough to shut down sex drive. But what if it's even more than a packed calendar? The World Health Organization recently recognized what's called "Adrenal Fatigue"—which encompasses a myriad of symptoms, such as low sex drive, salt cravings, irritability, digestive problems and—like the name suggests—an overall tired feeling. The disorder can be improved with a healthy diet, vitamins B and C, and magnesium supplements.
Libido Challenge: MENTAL/EMOTIONAL STRESS
Depression, anxiety and everyday stress can also squash sex drive—particularly for women, who, more often than men, have difficulty reaching orgasm due to mental "blocks" and the effects of stress. It also doesn't help that some medications used to treat depression and anxiety, including Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft, have been known to decrease libido. Luckily, there are alternative medications that have not been shown to negatively impact sex drive—so talk to your doctor. Also, be sure to share any life changes, like the beginning or end of a relationship, moving, a new job, family issues and other things that may be affecting your mental and/or emotional state.
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