Stress Induced

How Stress Can Impact Libido

When the body experiences stress, it goes through a series of changes in order to prepare for running away or staying to fight. This is called the fight or flight response. As part of this response, individuals may experience increased heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure. Non-essential functions are then diminished, including sex drive.

Physiological Effects

The stress response also stimulates the release of hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine, which can cause a decreased sex drive at high levels. When people experience chronic stress, the body has a higher demand for cortisol production, which ultimately results in a decreased interest in sex.

Psychological Effects

The psychological aspect of stress can lead to a distracted and overwhelmed mind, which can lead to a drop in desire for sex or not being present during sex. It may also impact mood, leading to depression or anxiety, which can also dampen libido.

Lifestyle Choices

When stress is not controlled, it can lead some individuals to take up unhealthy habits such as drinking, smoking, overeating, and lack of exercise and self-care. These factors can influence how an individual feels about themselves and may negatively impact healthy sex life.

Tips for Coping with Stress to Improve Sex Drive

There are some steps that people can take to minimize stress to improve their sex lives. Some effective strategies include:

Managing Stress

Overall stress management can help to improve libido. There are many different relaxation techniques that can be helpful to deal with worry and anxiety. These include aromatherapy, guided imagery, breathing exercises, journaling, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation.

Examining Relationships

Individuals dealing with low libido should examine the health of their relationship. Stress and conflict can be leading factors in low libido and can occur in both women and men. Working through relationship difficulties with a professional counselor can help to improve your overall connection and sexual relationship.

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Women who believe that stress is negatively impacting their sex lives can often feel overwhelmed or upset. Our team at Tideline Center for Health & Aesthetics includes skilled sex therapists who can help to create a personalized plan to help each individual overcome their stress to improve their sex lives. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.

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