The big romantic gesture.
The swoon-worthy kiss.
The way they simply adore each other.
For many of us, the glamour of romance just stays on the big screen and our own lives are not at all like the fairytale we envision.
And this can leave us wondering…
Is my libido normal?
Even though the answer may be a bit complicated, there are a variety of naturopathic options that can help.
Dr. Graves believes that sexual libido can be one clue to overall health, in addition to good sleep, a healthy diet, plenty of exercise, stress management, and emotional connection.
Following, we take a look at testing and supplements designed to help get that romance back in action.
As we age, our hormones can become unbalanced – for a number of reasons (menopause, birth control, depression, anxiety, medications, chronic illness, stress, etc.). Typically, there is the natural decline of hormones such as testosterone and estrogen and then there is the stress factor which can majorly affect progesterone levels.
In addition, the production of hormones from our thyroid and adrenal glands can change, making it all a perfect storm for challenges in the bedroom.
The first step to spicing it back up, however, is to test hormone levels.
In men, testing testosterone levels is most common. Normal testosterone levels are 200-1200, however, Dr. Graves sees any result under 500 as sub-optimal. In addition, adrenal testing may be done as well to analyze how the body is responding to stress.
For women, testing can include progesterone and estrogen levels as well as thyroid and adrenal function. Due to the variety of changes happening as women age, testing can be a bit more complex than for men.
Are you ready to have your hormones tested? Contact us at (303) 688-6698 to get started.
Analysis by Dr. Graves can lead to targeted support for less than optimal hormone levels – many times through supplements.
If your hormone levels come back at levels that are not ideal, don’t worry – Dr. Graves has many herbal supplements that are designed to help bring balance back.
For many men, supplements that support optimal testosterone levels are key. Two of these that Dr. Graves frequently prescribes are:
– AndroPlus™ by Nutra Biogenesis® for supporting the body’s natural production of testosterone
– AdrenoMend™ by Douglas Laboratories® for aiding in proper adrenal health (helping in such areas as energy, sleep, and mood)
After taking supplements for 1-2 months, Dr. Graves like to retest men’s hormone production to see if there is any improvement.
When it comes to women, an assortment of supplements may be needed as many times there are more than one thing being treated (such as thyroid conditions, unbalanced sexual hormones, menopause, stress, etc.). Some of these supplements include:
– Adrenal Response® by Innate Formulas to support proper adrenal health for stress management
– Fem Rebalance by Vitanica to encourage hormone balance
– Progon B-L 4x by Bezwecken for increased progesterone levels
– Lu Rong Supreme™ by Supreme Nutrition for mood enhancement
– Thyroid Support™ by Pure Encapsulations® if thyroid levels are abnormal and are not yet managed
There are additional supplement options available based on your specific needs and lab results. Contact our office at (303) 688-6698 to purchase as well as to receive recommended dosing options based on your symptoms and test results.
Sometimes, no matter what we do to support our physical health, our minds do not allow us the freedom to enjoy our sexuality.
When this happens, holistic counseling can be a safe and comfortable place to express your thoughts, feelings, and fears. Taking into consideration an individual’s entire lifestyle and overall health, our counselors can provide personalized insight and recommendations for overcoming mental blocks when it comes to our sex lives.
Are you tired of living your desires through the movies?
If you live in Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Centennial, Parker, Larkspur, Monument, Colorado Springs, or the greater Denver metro area and would like to optimize your sexual health, please call us at (303) 688-6698 or click here to schedule a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation with Dr. Graves to talk further.
It’s time to get excited about date night!