How Hormones Can Impact Libido

Hormones can greatly impact libido and sexual arousal in women. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone all affect sexual arousal and desire. High levels of estrogen promote vaginal lubrication and boost sexual desire, while increases in progesterone reduce anxiety and alleviate mood swings. Low levels of testosterone may lead to reduced sexual desire in some females.

Types of Female Sex Hormones

In females, the adrenal glands and ovaries are the main producers of sex hormones. Female sex hormones include estrogen, progesterone, and small amounts of testosterone.


Most of a woman’s estrogen is made in the ovaries, though adrenal glands and fat cells also produce a small amount of estrogen. This hormone places a vital role in sexual and reproductive development, which begins at puberty.


Progesterone is produced by the ovaries, adrenal glands, and placenta. Levels of this hormone increase during ovulation and spike during pregnancy. Progesterone helps to stabilize menstrual cycles and prepares the body for pregnancy. Having low levels of progesterone can lead to irregular menstrual periods, difficulty conceiving, and a higher risk of complications during pregnancy.


Testosterone is the main sex hormone in males and is also present in small amounts in females. Testosterone affects sexual desire, menstruation, fertility, tissue and bone mass, and red blood cell production in females.

Tips for Treating Hormonal Imbalances

There is a large selection of hormonal imbalance treatments for women available depending on the main cause. These may include the following:

  • Hormonal birth control
  • Anti-androgen therapy
  • Testosterone therapy
  • Thyroid hormone therapy
  • And more



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By taking the necessary steps to balance out hormones, women can increase their libido for a healthy sex life. For more information regarding sex hormones and how they can impact sexual desire, contact Tideline Center for Health & Aesthetics today.


After more than 17 years as an obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Powers developed a special interest in providing treatments for the hormonal issues endured by many women. She addresses the needs of women in all stages of their mature life whether during their reproductive years, or from their peri- to post-menopausal years.


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