Herbs and Medicines to Increase a Man's Sex Driveby Stephanie Mojica
Sexual dysfunction in men can include a low sex drive and is usually due to an untreated medical condition, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center. If the man if your life is suffering from a low libido, please don't blame yourself. Instead, see if you can get him to try some herbal remedies or talk to his doctor about prescription drugs.
Vitamins and Fatty Acids
You and your man both should be taking vitamins anyway, but specific blends can really help boost his libido, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, other B-complex vitamins, zinc and essential fatty acids can all help increase sexual desire. If your partner is taking medications for another condition, ask him to speak to his doctor before taking fatty acids, such as evening or fish oil.
Testosterone treatments, which usually work best for men older than 40 who also have erectile dysfunction, can potentially boost his libido once again, according to the Baylor College of Medicine. If testosterone levels dip too low, then your man's sex drive can become inhibited. Most men can tolerate the treatments with few ill side effects, though testosterone therapies do increase each patient's risk of developing blood clots. Testosterone treatments can only be obtained through a doctor's prescription.
Gingko is a potent herb that can potentially restore that lost sex drive, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Taking anywhere from 50-to-100mg ginkgo biloba supplements each day can increase his blood flow and circulation, naturally boosting sex drive. Like some other treatments, your partner should talk to his doctor before taking gingko if he's on prescription drugs for other conditions, like high blood pressure.
Saw palmetto, also known as Serenoa repens and Pygeum africanum, is another herbal remedy that can help fight reduced sexual energy, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. If he decides to take Serenoa repens, he should swallow two 160mg pills daily; the recommended twice-daily dosage for Pygeum africanum supplements is 100mg between meals. Your partner should not take saw palmetto with other prescription medications without first talking to his doctor.
Sometimes, depression causes reduced libido, but many antidepressants, such as Prozac and Celexa, can worsen sexual dysfunction, according to both the Mayo Clinic and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Antidepressants that can treat depression and possibly restore libido include bupropion (Wellbutrin) and mirtazapine (Remeron).
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