Loss of sex drive is one of those menopause symptoms that many women have but don’t discuss very openly because, unlike hot flashes and night sweats, it can be uncomfortable to talk about with your doctor and even your partner.
Why does libido tend to wane as women reach their menopausal years? Research shows that, after menopause, sexual desire is no longer controlled by female hormones because women no longer have the biological motivation to make a baby. Since hormones are no longer involved in the equation, physical arousal becomes even more important in helping women “get in the mood.” Don’t be afraid to discuss your desires with your partner. In addition, try the following supplements, which can heighten your physical sensations of arousal:
- L-dopa is the natural precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine–which is a powerful physical arouser. I recommend using an extract of the herb Mucuna pruriensa concentrated natural L-dopa source. Try Herbal Herbal Powers Mucuna Pruriens. Take 300 mg per day in capsule form, standardized to 60 mg L-dopa.
- L-arginine is an amino acid shown to be effective in sending blood to the clitoris, which boosts physical sensitivity and arousal. Take 500 mg one to three times a day, or try a product called ArginMax for Women.
- Maca is a root vegetable with aphrodisiac qualities. The traditional dose is between 2 to 10 grams, but start low and work up to the dose that gives you the desired effects.