Yes, sex is part of wellness.
Whether you’re single, coupled, poly or playing the field, having a healthy sex drive is an important part of women’s health — and there are things you can do to support it so you can feel strong and confident.
First, let’s back up for a second. We talk about diet. We talk about working out. We talk about stress and careers and healthcare. But one thing we don’t spend nearly enough time on when we talk about women’s health is sex. At Rae, we believe it’s time to change that. We believe a healthy sex drive is part of holistic wellness — and it’s time to take control, just like you would any other part of your well-being.
“It’s totally natural to have a lower sex drive at different times in your life.”
What is “normal” when it comes to sex drive? There’s a huge range, and it varies from person to person, but experts agree that if you have little or very few sexual thoughts or desires, little interest in sexual activity (including masturbation), and/or an accompanying concern about your lack of interest, you probably have a low sex drive.
It’s totally natural to have a lower sex drive at different times in your life. Changes in libido around pregnancy, or the beginning or end of a relationship are completely normal and expected. Many medications can also have an effect on libido, as can chronic medical conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes.
If you feel like your libido is low, here are some suggestions:
- Evaluate your nutrition. How you eat plays a critical role in how you feel overall. Try and make better choices around healthy fats, protein, and fruits and vegetables.
- Give yourself a break. Fatigue and burnout can play a critical role in your desire to get it on. Get some sleep, or take a day off to get some rest, and focus on you.
- Focus on positive self-talk. Give yourself a break – you are hot as hell. You are someone to be desired. If you own it and really know it, you will start to feel it.
- Get moving. Working out, even lightly, is known to get your libido going
- Consult your doctor. Whether you’re managing pre or post-natal hormones, or have concern your medication is playing a role, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor.