Are you happy with your sex life? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. Studies suggest that behind closed doors, millions of Britons are struggling to find the time or the inclination to make love.
A recent survey suggests 40 per cent of couples think their sex life could be better.
Libido varies hugely from person to person, but if you’ve noticed a change in desire, or sexual function, it’s worth investigating because it could be a sign of a physical or mental health issues, says Dr Michael Perring, a GP specialising in sexual medicine.
Generally, if a person has a good sex life it’s an indicator of good health. Low libido or erectile dysfunction can sometimes indicate an underlying condition such as diabetes.’
Here the experts reveal the most common passion killers — and advice on how to tackle them . . .
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Included in this list of factors that can lower libido are “Happy Pills”
Antidepressants, particularly selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, can decrease sex drive too, says Lorraine Grover, a clinical nurse therapist in sexual wellbeing.
It’s thought to be down to the effect they have on the feel-good brain chemical dopamine — this blunts extreme emotions, which reduces depressive thinking, but also affects sexual desire.
‘Antidepressants can cause sexual problems and you need to address them — don’t put up with it. You may need to take them to feel better, and then manage the sexual difficulties or change drug.’
Dr Modgil adds: ‘It’s important the patient is aware that it’s the pills that may be causing it, so they don’t panic that it’s to do with their relationship.
‘I often try to encourage patients to have other treatments like counselling, which is a longer-term strategy.’
For people who experience medium to long periods of low mood, anti-depressants may not be the answer.
St John’s Wort, sometimes known as the “Sunshine Herb” is known for it’s mood-enhancing properties. KarmaMood St John’s Wort tablets is a traditional herbal medicine used to relieve the symptoms of slightly low mood and mild anxiety. Unlike many anti-depressants, it does not dampen libido and is available in two strengths. More information and special prices can be found at www.karmamood.co.uk. Always read the label.
For people who are unable to take St John’s Wort, such as those on some mediciations including the contraceptive pill, then Rhodiola rosea is worth considering. Vitano, containing Rhodiola rosea is a traditional herbal medicine used for the temporary relief of stress such as fatigue, exhaustion and mild anxieety. Anecdotal reports also suggest that it boosts libido! For more information and special prices visit www.vitano.co.uk. Always read the label.