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What's My Drive? (We're Not Talking About Your Golf Game Here!)

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Since so many women are plagued with low libido (sexual desire), I thought it might be nice to give you some quick tips on how to overcome this.

Let’s start by taking my “libido” quiz:
1. Do you avoid intimate situations that may lead to sexual intimacy?
2. Have you lost interest in sex or have said to yourself lately “I’m just fine without sex?”
3. Has the frequency of sex reduced in the last several months or years?
4. Do you argue with your partner about the frequency of sex?

5. Would your partner like to have sex more than you?
6. Do you have pain with sex or problems with performance?

If you answered “Yes” to two or more of these questions, your sex drive may be in trouble.

Simple Solutions for a Healthy Sex Drive:

Testosterone therapy for men and women
Only a fraction of women are offered testosterone therapy, despite its proven positive effect on bone loss, heart disease, breast health, muscle mass, strength, mental performance, sex drive and sexual sensation. Natural testosterone therapy prescribed for low blood levels of testosterone can be extremely effective for improved sex drive. Men and women also find that their mental sharpness and zest for life often returns with testosterone therapy. (See a medical provider to see if testosterone therapy is right for you).

This amino acid promotes blood flow and vascular relaxation. Research has shown L-Arginine to be effective at increasing sexual arousal, through the action of increased blood flow. Foods high in this amino acid are: meat sources and dairy products such as eggs and fish. Supplements of L-Arginine at doses of 1,000-1,500mg once or twice daily can also be helpful.

This supplement is one of the best to improve energy, strength, endurance, immunity and hormone support. This hormone, produced by the adrenals, declines with age. Levels in the blood can be tested and this hormone replaced to optimal levels.

Black Cohosh
This herbal supplement can help with sex drive and arousal and may additionally help hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

Keeping your liver healthy with adequate levels of B-vitamins will promote healthy hormone metabolism.

This natural product (a mucuna bean) has been used for centuries to improve sexual arousal and drive. Recommended dose is 300 mg daily.

Hormone Testing
Consider a hormone evaluation which can be done at any age by having a simple blood draw. Obtaining your personal hormone profile will assist your medical provider in designing a program based specifically on your individual needs.

So there you have it--some quick tips on spicing up your drive!

Best of Health, Nish!
Nisha Jackson, PhD, MS, WHCNP, HHP
*product and testing information can be found at www.justasknish.com

Nisha Jackson is one of the nation's leading bio-identical hormone & wellness experts. She is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Just Ask Nish", columnist, lecturer, and continues to be in high demand in her Southern Oregon-based specialty practices. With no hidden agendas Nisha is relentless to uncover health solutions that work! If it's effective and good for you, it's good medicine!

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