From lowering your blood pressure to strengthening the bond between you and your partner, having sex is beneficial in many ways, but what if you no longer want to?

In a previous blog, we went over a few of the many benefits of having sex on a regular basis. Sex can do everything for you from helping you relax to easing your menstrual cramps, so why wouldn’t you want to have sex with your partner? Libido is a tricky thing, and there are many things that can cause it to be lower than you might like. So what can you do to boost your libido? Here are a few tips that may help:

#1. Do it anyway.

Did you know that the more you have sex, the more you’ll want to have sex? When you don’t have sex for long periods of time, it’s almost as if your body forgets that it needs it. Sometimes, reviving your sex life is as simple as having sex in the first place. There are essentially four stages of sex — desire, arousal, orgasm and, finally, a return to normalcy. For many people, the first two stages can be reserved. Whether you’re in the mood or not, going through the motions of sex can lead to arousal.

#2. Boost your confidence.

Nothing kills your sex drive like a lack of confidence does. When you’re feeling self-conscious, it can make you feel uncomfortable in any outfit, let alone naked. Luckily, there are lots of ways to boost your confidence, but one of the best things you can do is to start eating better and exercising. Regardless of whether you’re trying to lose weight or not, taking great care of yourself can make you feel more confident.

#3. Reduce your stress.

When you’re focused on meeting a deadline or working through personal issues, it’s not easy to focus on having sex, especially for women. Men often use sex to relieve stress, whereas stress can often lower a woman’s libido. Finding effective ways to reduce your stress can help to get your libido back.

#4. Nurture your relationship.

If you’re having issues in your relationship, it’s much more difficult to maintain a healthy sex life. Before you can effectively improve your sex life, you first need to nurture your relationship. One great way to do this is by spending time together — exercising together, for example, is a particularly great option, because it can help you bond. It’s also important to make sure that you’re touching each other in non-sexual ways, like hugging, cuddling and holding hands.

#5. Talk to a doctor.

If you’ve tried everything, and you still just don’t want to have sex, it might be a good idea to consult an OBGYN. There could be many underlying problems that could be decreasing your libido, including hormonal imbalances, and your doctor can help to identify the cause, as well as find a solution.

Are you ready to talk to our OBGYN in Bradenton about your low libido? Schedule your appointment with us online today, and always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns.