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Drug Use Can Inhibit Your Libido — an article on the Smart Living Network
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Drug Use Can Inhibit Your Libido

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FSAD (female sexual arousal disorder) is characters by a loss of libido or an inability to maintain arousal or achieve orgasm. Your sex drive can be impacted by a variety of things, but one of the most subversive factors is drug use - both prescription and otherwise. A decrease in libido is a side effect that is often hard to recognize, leaving many people to be completely clueless about their sudden inability to be "in the mood." Prolonged sexual arousal dysfunction can lead to a lot of serious problems: depression, anxiety, feelings of inadequacy and failure to maintain relationships. It's important to recognize that drugs and alcohol play a role in several of your normal, bodily processes, including your sexuality, and to be well-informed. Keep reading to find out how your body responds to commonly consumed substances.

Alcohol

Most people think alcohol increases your sex drive. There's the old joke about how everyone is attractive with alcohol-tinted glasses, and the obvious truth when it comes to alcohol lowering your inhibitions. However, alcohol, in the long-term actually impedes on your ability to have sex. Women often experience a "numbing" sensation while drinking, which can make it very hard to orgasm. Alcohol also decreases all abilities to function optimally, meaning that too much alcohol can strip you of your capacity to perform.

Smoking

Smoking impedes on your arteries. This might not seem like it could effect your sex drive, but blood flow is key to having a satisfactory sex life. When you're aroused, blood flows to the genital region, which is how you experience sensation. If your blood flow is constricted or limited, you won't be able to feel as much, which can greatly inhibit your ability to orgasm.

Marijuana

Marijuana is often touted by cannabis-supporters as a sex drug, but the opposite is actually true. Marijuana causes a decrease in your motor (and thus sexual function) and prolonged usage can lead to Anti-motivational Syndrome. Commonly referred to as "burnout," this self-inflicted affliction greatly decreases your ambition making you unlikely to want to do much of anything - including have sex.

Antidepressants

Experiencing a loss in your sex drive after being prescribed to antidepressants is VERY common. This is one of the side effects of the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor, an essential component in many antidepressants. Depression itself can also cause a loss of sex drive, especially in women, as emotional well-being is integral to arousal and orgasm. Checking with your health practitioner could help you find a way to treat your depression without sacrificing your sex life.

Birth Control

According to health expert Debra Wickman, even your birth control can have unexpected effects on your sex drive. Changes in your hormones can greatly effect the way you feel, and the emotional changes can be very damaging to your libido.

Drugs that help your sex drive

And, yes, there are some drugs that can help your sex drive. If you're experiencing a lost libido, there are several things you can do to help both you and your patient partner. First, start by cutting back on alcohol, smoking and any illicit drugs. If you're on birth control or being treated for depression, check with your health practitioner to see what can be done. Try using an herbal supplement. Herbal supplements are made of all-natural ingredients, meaning they're 100% safe, non-toxic and cause no negative side effects.

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