Libido is a perfectly natural phenomenon that accounts for our instinctual desire to release ourselves sexually; this can be through masturbation, hot romantic sex, erotic foreplay, and more. Once we reach our adolescence, this desire comes to life and presents itself as sexual arousal.
During adolescence, our bodies become engulfed with raging hormones such as progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen, which balance out later in life. That being said, these hormones have a monumental impact on our level of arousal but are not the only factors at hand.
While testosterone is seen as the male hormone, you’ll be surprised to find out that it is produced in the female adrenal glands as well. Estrogen, the female hormone, is secreted at the beginning of the cycle and produced in large quantities just before ovulation. This is a contributing factor to the fact that many women experience more hot intensity and arousal around ovulation.
The female reproductive system goes through copious changes throughout the month, which effects every aspect of her being. During certain stages of the cycle, women can find themselves more tired, irritable, and emotional which can heavily impact libido. Before and during ovulation, women tend to have more energy, which can allow their dream sexuality to flourish.
It is important that the other partner is patient and understanding when it comes to what their spouse is going through. Sometimes we take it personally when the person we are with is not interested in enjoying sensual love making, but often times, it actually has nothing to do with us.
Although men don’t go through the same tremendous hormonal fluctuations as women, they can still experience drops in desire. These drops can be attributed to fatigue, stress, anxiety, depression, and more. Did you know that stress lowers your levels of testosterone? Or that depression and anxiety is caused by low testosterone? So, if you are suffering from mental illness, you could very well be caught up in a cycle that heavily effects your libido, amongst other things. If you suspect this might be the case, it’s important to get checked by your doctor in order to find a solution.