Nienke Moolenaar is a female health coach and director of Femfulness. Her personal journey of healing from hormonal issues guided her to become the specialist she is now. Her mission is clear: to support women in healing themselves naturally and to have them embrace their true feminine essence. Besides nutritional advice she also has her own line of menstrual cups - the Eve Cup. Nienke is based in India and also travels to The Netherlands and within Europe to organize expressive workshops for women.
“Symptoms like low libido are your body’s way of telling you there is an imbalance. Ignoring them is not valuing yourself, as a woman or a lover.”
Low libido is the most common female sexual complaint worldwide, according to research. Symptoms like low libido are your body’s way of telling you there is a problem. Ignoring them is not valuing yourself, as a woman or a lover.
Low libido is not just a physical issue, as there are many factors that influence your sex drive (both internally and externally). These issues must be addressed in a holistic manner.
It is first important to know that low libido does not automatically mean that you have a sexual “dysfunction.”
“Doctors have been educated to only look at symptoms and forget to ask about lifestyle or dietary factors. They usually prescribe an estrogen cream to insert into the vagina, or will suggest other synthetic hormone-treatments such as a short cure of testosterone.”
This will allow the issue to disappear for a short while, but these treatments do not heal the root cause of the imbalance.
In other words, the issue will return sooner or later.
8 Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalance:
Irritability and feeling overwhelmed
PMS symptoms such as bloating, painful breasts, cramps
Irregular or heavy periods
Amenorrhea (absence of menstruation)
Lack of energy, foggy mind, feeling unmotivated
Hormones And Sex Drive
Hormones are messengers that travel from your glands to your cells to maintain the balance in your body, mood and energy levels – all factors that influence your libido. Besides the main female hormones estrogen and progesterone, you also produce testosterone.
“Testosterone is one of the key players in your sex drive. It affects your interest in a partner, arousal, sexual response, lubrication and orgasm. Yet many of us don’t have enough of this juicy hormone!”
Testosterone comes primarily from our ovaries, via their production of progesterone. If your levels of estrogen are too high (which is usually the case for most issues related to hormonal imbalance), your body’s production of progesterone will slow down, which in its turn leads to lowered levels of testosterone.
High levels of estrogen are caused by genetics, poor diet, environmental pollutants, common prescription medication, hormonal birth control and processed food. It is amazing to know how many factors can influence your sexual desire.
Note: If you are taking hormonal birth control, it is very likely that this is the cause of your decreased libido. Since you do not ovulate when taking ‘The Pill’, your testosterone levels drop dramatically!
3 Steps To Rev Up Your Libido Naturally
#1 Look Into Your Health & Wellness Routine
Ask yourself the following questions about your health and wellness:
What is your medical history? Did you have any sickness (or take any medication) that may have had an effect on any your endocrine glands?
Are you stressed? Are you happy in your relationship? Are you connected with your femininity?
What is your diet like? Does the food you eat make you feel alive and vibrant?
#2 Eat As Healthy As Possible
Eat lots of whole grains, and omega 3 amino acids. The best sources of omega 3 can be found in flaxseed, hemp seed, and chia seed, which can be added to smoothies or salads. They are small, but very powerful!
“Eat plenty of dark leafy greens, such as kale, arugula, swiss chard, mustard greens. As some of the most nutrient-dense foods on our planet, they are the foundation to creating your ideal hormonal health.”
(Avoid coffee, alcohol, sugar, refined and processed foods).
#3 Try Out Herbs
There are many very powerful herbal remedies that can help boost your libido, most notably maca and shatavari. Both enhance libido, strengthen the uterus, and balance energy and hormone levels.
“And herbal remedies that help against vaginal dryness include shatavari, Chinese asparagus and licorice. All these herbs help improve the balance of estrogen, testosterone, progesterone and the adrenal glands.”
Other options to help increase libido would are damania, tribulus terrestris and ginkgo biloba.
Create A Community Of Support
It is deeply empowering to share your story with other women who have faced the same challenges, or who are going through the thing.
“The womb is an organ full of mystery that can only be understood by women.”
You will be amazed to see what impact the support of your sisterhood has on your healing process.
By Nienke Moolenaar
Edited by Chelsie Diadhiou / Artist Featured Image: Herbert James Draper
Have you ever experienced low sex drive? If so, what did you do to increase your libido? Did you use natural remedies? We’d love for you to share with us in the comments below.
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