How To Increase Male Libido: 7 Tips For Better Sex Drive
Your libido is different from everybody else’s and there’s no ‘normal’ level that you need to live up to. It naturally fluctuates over time and can be lower than usual for various reasons. For example, your sex drive can be affected if you’re stressed or tired, have low testosterone or possibly have a medical issue that you’re unaware of. If you’re experiencing a prolonged low libido and it’s causing you concern, there are many things you can do to help give it a boost. Here, we’ve detailed seven tips for action to take that will increase your sex drive.
- Reduce your stress and anxiety levels
Stress plays a big part in reducing your sex drive. And when you’re already feeling anxious, the extra anxiety caused by having a low sex drive only makes it worse. Your frustration with your situation increases and, in turn, you become more anxious and stressed in a never-ending cycle. It’s essential to understand the main causes of your stress and try to manage them. For example, you may be stressed about your job, family matters or financial pressures. Talk through things with your partner or maybe seek help from a therapist. Try some breathing techniques or meditation. Go for walks to help clear your mind or try a relaxing form of exercise, such as yoga. Make some time to do an activity you enjoy.
- Get some exercise
Exercise is good for your physical and mental health in general but it can also increase your libido. It doesn’t need to be strenuous exercise, just enough to start feeling physically better and to lift your mood. Try low-impact aerobics, go for a walk, go bike riding with your partner or swimming. Any regular exercise is better than doing nothing and you’ll be more confident about your body image, increase your stamina levels and give your endocrine system a boost.
- Get plenty of sleep
Sleep disorders can lead to low libido. When you go to bed, your mind may continually race, you may suffer from bouts of insomnia or your busy schedule may mean you’re simply not getting enough hours of sleep. Once you start to get some good-quality sleep, however, you’ll notice an increase in your energy levels, an improvement in your mood and an increase in your sexual desire. Limit the amount of caffeine you have from the afternoon onwards. Aim to go to bed at the same time every night and try to get 8 hours of sleep. Limit the amount of time you spend on devices before you go to bed and switch off any electronics in your bedroom. These stimulate your brain when you should be relaxing and not only lengthen the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep but can interfere with your sleep patterns. Also, ensure your room is dark and cool to benefit from a good night’s sleep.
- Cut down on alcohol
Excess alcohol can be detrimental to your sex drive in a number of ways. It affects your blood flow, disrupts the amount of testosterone that’s produced, and reduces the sensation felt in your genitals. A limited amount of alcohol can help you to get in the mood but avoid drinking too much so that the mood doesn’t rapidly disappear.
- Give your hormones a boost
Your testosterone levels may have dropped, lowering your sex drive. Increase your zinc intake to give your libido a boost or take natural supplements, such as Medtesto. Another option is to try testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). This can involve using patches, gels, injections, pellets or medication. Consult your doctor to find out whether this is the right way to tackle your low libido.
- Adjust your diet
A healthier diet does wonders to improve your libido. Sugary, fatty and fried foods negatively affect your metabolic health and this hampers hormone production and regulation within your body. Lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, whole grains and nuts are all recommended as part of a healthy diet. As well as including zinc-rich foods, such as oysters, to boost your sex drive, be sure to eat those that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and sardines. Pomegranates, maca root as well as various herbs and spices also serve to increase your sex drive. For example, basil, ginkgo biloba and fenugreek.
Just as including beneficial foods in your diet is important for increasing your libido, it’s essential to avoid those that lower it. We’ve mentioned fatty, fried and sugary foods above but you should also steer clear of foods that are high in sodium and soy products.
- Strengthen your relationship
Having a low sex drive can impact your relationship so take steps to make sure you stay strong as a couple. Refrain from blaming each other for things you’re not happy with – sexually or otherwise – and concentrate instead on the positives. Suggest different things you’d like to try both in the bedroom and as part of your everyday lifestyle. Do some new activities together and talk openly with each other. Make time for each other with date nights and try massage or other techniques to increase the sexual chemistry between you. By having a strong relationship, it will lessen any feelings of guilt or frustration you may feel about having a low sex drive and make it easier to relax.
Whilst suffering from a low sex drive every now and again is inevitable, there’s no need to put up with a constantly low libido. This will only make you feel anxious and start to put a strain on your relationship. Use the seven tips we’ve given you here to help boost your libido and benefit from a fulfilling sex life. Both you and your partner will be much happier with your rekindled sexual desire.