Struggling with no morning wood? Drier than a mummy’s vagina? Not interested in your significant other?
Questions Worth Considering:
– Have I had my Free & Total Testosterone & SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) levels checked lately?
– Am I taking hormonal birth control or do I have an IUD?
– Did I recently transition off the pill or IUD?
– Am I struggling to have orgasms?
Regardless of gender, libido and ability to orgasm is a huge indicator of health, and unfortunately something we may not be chatting about a doc with. Because well… it’s a little awkward.
While testosterone levels do naturally decline with age, we are currently seeing low testosterone more prevalent than ever due to our present-day model of processed food, over-caffeination, too much stress, not enough sleep, hormonal birth control use, etc, etc.
Potential Symptoms of Low Testosterone:
– Gynecomastia (‘man boobs’)
– Poor sleep, low energy
– Difficulty losing fat – abdomen area & love handles
– Difficulty building strength, lack of muscle tone
– Lack of motivation or ‘second gear’ in gym
– Changes in mood (depression, sadness, or irritability)
– Difficulty concentrating or recalling info
– Decreased sex drive, difficulty during sexual encounters, or lack of morning wood
– Hair loss or balding
Hormonal birth control and IUD’s are a real comedy because the perk is supposed to be not having to worry about accidentally conceiving. Yet we’ve seen study after study reporting the negative impact on women’s sexual health. Including loss of interest in sex, difficulty being around aroused and achieving orgasm, and overall decrease in enjoyment. Seems pointless, yeah?
Whether currently utilizing hormonal birth control or recently transitioned off, we may see:
– Low Testosterone production
– Elevated SHBG (meaning the body isn’t able to use the testosterone you are making)
Tips on Remedying Low Testosterone and Low Libido
– Work with a doctor and pull lab work – such as free testosterone, total testosterone, thyroid, SHBG, and a Dutch Test for all other hormones
– Plenty of healthy dietary fats to boost hormone production – avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, etc
– Consider incorporating maca and supporting the liver (we love Thorne Research!)
– Minimize caffeine (excessive caffeine may strain the adrenals)
– Minimize alcohol consumption (alcohol can impact hormone levels)
– Prioritize 8-9 hours of sleep every single night
– Manage and address stress
– Reduce training volume and intensity. Take more rest days in the gym & consider switching modalities to something like bodybuilding/lifting (vs. high-intensity modalities like CrossFit, Orange Theory, etc). Check out Paragon Training Methods
– Optimize gut health via quality probiotics, fermented foods, bone broth, and collagen
– Consider supplementing vitamin B complex, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc
– Reduce plastic exposure (tupperware, meal prep containers, water bottles, etc)
– Buy natural body care products, skin care products, deodorants, and household cleaners such as Beauty Counter
– Buy high-quality meats and organic produce as much as possible
– Keep blood sugar balanced by eating at regular intervals during the day & get in a protein, carbohydrate, fat, & vegetable at every meal
– Consume plenty of cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels)
– Consume 30-40g fiber daily and drink ample water and fluids
– Consider researching and incorporating products like DIM and Calcium D-Glucarate to naturally balance hormone levels after consulting your doctor