Low sex drive, or low libido, is more common than many of us let on.
In fact, most people (of all ages and genders) will experience a low sex drive at some point in their lives, but itâ€™s still something thatâ€™s often dismissed. Perhaps this is because we feel ashamed for â€œnot wanting sex,â€ or we feel guiltyâ€“like weâ€™re letting our partners down. In any case, itâ€™s important to normalize fluctuating sex drives, and remember that thereÂ areÂ things you can do to bring it back.
To take control of your sex drive,Â itâ€™s helpful to conduct a little â€œinventoryâ€ of any changes youâ€™ve experienced recently. Much of the time, our sex drive fluctuates because of some sort of lifestyle shift, whether thatâ€™s medication (like birth control or antidepressants), a new job or job loss, pregnancy or parenthood, or any life circumstance that interferes with our mental health.
Once you have an idea of whatâ€™s causing your low sex drive, you can address those factors directly. But additionally, you can implement strategies that support your libido overall, and help get it back on track. Here are five to try.Â
1. Find ways to connect to your body
There are so many ways for us to connect to our erotic selves â€” sex is just one outlet. So find opportunities to incorporate pleasure (any pleasure) into your life. This might include dancing, practising yoga, buying a new outfit, orÂ taking yourself out on a date. The key is to identify things that bring YOU joy and confidence. Often, youâ€™ll find that breaking up your routine or investing in your own pleasure can inspire desire, which you can then bring back home to your partner (or yourself).
2. Supplement with maca
So much of our arousal depends on what we put into our bodies. In addition to a healthy diet, you can also look into different supplements and vitamins that help boost libido, totally naturally. Maca powder (made from the native Peruvian mama root)Â Â has been used for centuriesÂ to enhance fertility, boost sex drive, and even improve semen production and soothe symptoms of menopause. (So thereâ€™s a little something for everyone!)Â Â
3. Schedule sex
While it might not feel like the sexiest thing in the world, scheduling sex is actually a great way to prioritise pleasure. Think of it like vacation planning: the anticipation of what youâ€™ll see, the excitement of a new settingâ€¦scheduling sex performs a similar function here. And if youâ€™re experiencing a low sex drive due to stress, scheduling sex can help mitigate anxiety as it becomes part of a new pleasure routine.Â
You can also factor in time to help get yourself in the mood, whether thatâ€™s with candles, aromatherapy, watching porn, or reading erotica. If youâ€™re still not in the mood for your scheduled sexy time, find another way to connect with your partner, or yourself.
This might include a long bath, some cuddle time,Â massage, or meditation.Â
4. Bring on the reinforcements
Thereâ€™s zero shame in using accessories to help get the flow going. Physical arousal, particularly within vulva-owners, comes when blood rushes to theÂ clitoris, creating that â€œtinglingâ€ sensation that makes so many of us want to tear our pants off.
So if itâ€™s the desire you lack, you might want to increase your sexual toolkit. Promescent offers an amazing arousal gel that can help intensify sensations and boost blood flow to the clitoris. A little goes a long way; simply add a pea-sized drop onto your clitoris, and youâ€™ll start to experience the more physical sensations of arousalâ€¦and those canÂ definitelyÂ help get you in the mood.Â
5. Pump up your pelvic floor
If your sex drive is low due to childbirth, hormonal shifts, or incontinence, youâ€™re not alone. So many vulva-owners experience a weakened pelvic floor at some point in their lives, and this can certainly lead to decreased feelings of arousal (especially when you consider other factors, life stress, or lifestyle changes).Â
Low sex drive is frustrating, but itâ€™s not something you have to live with forever. Start exploring some of the steps above, and see what resonates best with you.Â