Libido, sex drive aka. whether you are in the mood for sex (or not) is something that is quite hard to measure and is subjective to each person. However, you might notice times when you are really in the mood and when not.
So what impacts your sex drive? And what could we do to have a better sex life?
Here’s what we found, so you can get more in touch with your sexuality and get to know your body better:
Cycle phases & Hormones
Your sexual desire is influenced by some of the same hormones that fluctuate throughout your cycle and initiate the different phases, like estrogen and progesterone. You might notice that your sex drive tends to increase in the days leading up to ovulation. Once ovulation has occurred your sex drive is likely to drop.
Similarly, menopause and breastfeeding can have an effect as your body goes through hormonal changes. During the transition to menopause, estrogen levels tend to drop which can cause a decrease in sex drive. When it comes to the months following pregnancy, not only do hormonal changes occur but the stress and fatigue of having an infant can also impact your sex drive (we’ll get to more of this below).
With Natural Cycles you can see exactly when you are predicted to ovulate and have ovulated so you can take note of how you feel during these days in the app if you wish to do so.
A glass of wine may make you feel tingly and sexy, but too much alcohol isn’t the best when it comes to sex. Fatigue and lack of sleep can also be a dampener. So not only will keeping it to one-two drinks and getting a good nights sleep give you better Natural Cycles results, they just might have a positive effect on your sex life too.
Our awareness of the importance of mental health and keeping it in check is on the rise at the moment. Recent studies and meditation apps like Headspace are changing the way we think about our health. Mental health is not only linked to things like stress, anxiety, and depression but they are also things that can cause a loss of libido. So keeping your mental health intact just might help you keep things exciting in the bedroom too.
Things like the phase of your cycle or lifestyle habits just might be the reason why you are in the mood for sex or not. Have you noticed any particular time during your cycle when you tend to be in the mood? What are your experiences? We would love to hear your comments below.
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