Hormones and Your Sex Drive

March 26th, 2010

Have you ever wondered why you feel sexier at different times of the month?

A lot of women report that they feel especially sexy around the half way point of their menstrual cycle. This is the time when the body’s temperature rises and women tend to feel more sexual.

A lot of this is because of the changing levels of hormones in a female’s body. Nature has its own way of letting us know the best time for having a baby. Sex is a basic need, just like animals, sex is needed for producing offspring and continuing the human species.

Physical changes that a woman may feel are increased sensitivity in the vaginal region and breasts, making sex more pleasurable. Hormones also increase the blood flow into a woman’s genitals making them more sensitive to the touch.

Hormones are defined as chemical substances which have a direct effect on the functions of all organs in the body. Testosterone is responsible for sexual characteristics in men. However, this hormone is also produced in small amounts in females. On the other hand estrogen and progesterone are responsible for determining female sexual characteristics.

Estrogen is a sex hormone which is mainly produced in the ovaries and stimulates the growth of the female sex organ. The hormone is also responsible for secondary female characteristics including breast enlargement and the growth of pubic hair. Estrogen also regulates the menstrual cycle.

Sex hormones such as estrogens in particular are important in maintaining the normal functioning in female reproduction. Estrogen determines vaginal moisture and elasticity which is important for normal intercourse. Abnormal levels of estrogen may lead to vaginal drying which makes performing sex painful leaving women with a decreased desire for intercourse.

Many studies have been conducted to establish the relationship between hormones and sexual drive. Decreased levels of testosterone in both sexes show that sexual desire drops and higher levels have an effect of increasing sexual libido.

Menopause and age lead to a decrease in the hormones that regulate our desire for sex. With more and more women living longer lives, the desire for continuing a healthy sex life even after menopause is growing. Decreased sex drive is commonly blamed on changes in the levels of sex hormones. Eating a healthy diet and living an active lifestyle is still the way of maintaining optimum sexual functions even in older age. Understanding the function of hormones and how they affect normal sex functioning can go a long way in helping you keep the fires of romance burning.

2 Responses to “Hormones and Your Sex Drive”

  1. Becky says:

    I just started working for an MD who does bio-identical hormone replacement therapy! It is amazing! And so many women could benefit, it’s not just for older/menopausal(whether surgical or natural)women. What’s extra great is that a lot of women have a low testosterone level in their body and this leads to not enjoying sex again (or thinking it’s more trouble than it’s worth). Check into it. It’s very safe, safer than oral contraception in risks or oral hormone replacement, like Premarin(which is made from horse urine, yikes). This is what Oprah and Suzanne Somers were thrilled about. Honest. I’m nobody special, but I have seen HRT work! Anyway, good luck

    Becky

  2. SARAH says:

    I TOTALLY CAN AGREE ABOUT THE DRYNESS I HAD A HYSTERECTOMY 2 1/2 YEARS AGO AND NOW THAT I NEED HELP WITH MOISTURE I FEEL I HAVE TO PREPARE TO HAVE SEX IT IS NO LONDER INTERESTING, TO HAVE TO PREPARE FOR SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE AWESOME, SENSUAL, ROMANTIC, I NEED A DIFFERENT ROOT ON HOW TO WANT IT AGAIN.
    SARAH

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