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Stress & Your Libido

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The Female Libido

The female libido will change naturally based on many individual factors. Women will vary in their particular views about optimal amounts of sex. However, there are many factors that influence these views that really have nothing to do with desire, including poor body image, fatigue, lack of emotional intimacy, hormonal imbalance and stress.

Low Libido Defined

Low libido can really only be defined by the individual. However, it is defined in medical terms as the consistent presence of not wanting sexual interactions that causes the individual personal distress or problems. Stress is usually one contributing factor to the presence of low libido.

Sex Should Be a Stress Reliever

Sex is a great stress reliever, which is, paradoxically, detrimental to the female libido. When the presence of stress is caused by feelings of being overloaded or overwhelmed, it is typically associated as a sexual hindrance. It is even possible for the nicest touch from an individual you love to seem annoying or bothersome. During these times, the idea of putting forth any effort or energy into sexual activity may not seem to be the most suitable choice.

Stressful Effects

The female mind is complex and can often be overwhelmed and stressed with all of the daily activities that must be accomplished: work, the kids, finances, dinner, homework, etc. The female mind must want sex to prepare for it.

Sexual arousal is an essential factor to great sex, as certain vaginal fluids must be created for the accommodation of penetration. When the female mind is "not in the mood," these fluids are not created and sex can be painful and uncomfortable. This, then, creates a negative association with sexual contact, which creates yet another reason for your mind to not want sex. Combating stress to regain your want for sex is the first step to increasing your overall libido.

Tips to Enhance Your Libido

There are certain methods that have been shown to increase overall libido in women. However, each women is unique and will have individual preferences. Therefore, you must determine what is best for you.

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/low-sex-drive-in-women/DS01043

http://blogs.webmd.com/sexual-health-sex-matters/2006/10/part-5-stress.html


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