All relationships go through periods of sexual highs and lows. Sometimes you’re in sync, and other times it seems like you’re two strangers from alien planets. That’s because myriad variables — including many that have nothing to do with feelings of love and affection — affect the act of sex.
At Balanced Medical Solutions in Hayward, California, we help couples identify the root causes of their sexual lulls, and offer several medical solutions to these problems. Here are a few ways you can spice things up.
Make sure your relationship is on good footing
If your relationship is on rocky ground, it is bound to cause problems in the bedroom. Try to talk with your partner about what is bothering you and resolve your issues interpersonally. If this is the reason for your underwhelming passion lately, then clearing the air may be all it takes to rekindle the flame.
If you can’t work it out on your own, seek the help of a professional therapist who specializes in intimacy issues. Not only can they help you work things out emotionally, they can also give you practical techniques to enhance your love life.
Get your hormones checked
Hormones run your body and impact your sexual vitality greatly, so it is no surprise that they are often the culprits behind lackluster bedroom performance. All men and women go through changes in their hormones levels as they get older, and symptoms of menopause and andropause (or “male menopause”), often include changes in sex drive and up to 50% of men experience some form of erectile dysfunction.
In women, a hormonal imbalance, caused by menopause or otherwise, can lead to low sex drive, a dry vagina, painful sex, chronic fatigue, and mood swings.
In men, low testosterone, caused by andropause or otherwise, can lead to erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and low libido.
At Balanced Medical Solutions, we evaluate your hormone levels to see if this may be causing your sexual issues. If hormones are the root of the problem, then bioidentical hormone replacement therapy or other safe hormone therapies can help restore your balance and your love life.
You know that exercise is good for your overall health, but you may be surprised to learn that it is a boon for your sexual health too. That is because exercise stimulates the release of endorphins, the feel-good hormones, and dopamine, which studies show can affect your brain and get you “in the mood," and may also boost your gential reflexes and sexual performance.
Exercising also helps you stay fit, and fit feels and looks sexy — another bonus.
If you are having issues with fatigue or low energy, which is hindering your ability to exercise, this may also be due to a hormonal imbalance or nutritional deficiency. At Balanced Medical Solutions, we will check your overall health through a comprehensive blood panel and exam. If a deficiency is identified, we offer peptides, hormone treatments, vitamin injections and other solutions to get you motivated and active once again
Nothing kills the mood like stress. We mentioned that hormones run your whole body, and can cause sexual dysfunctions. There is another hormone that can tank your performance as well — cortisol.
Cortisol is released any time you are under stress, and it is meant to be a temporary surge that gives you heightened reflexes when you face danger or conflict. But if you live under constant stress, it begins to wear you down and cause health problems, such as elevated heart rate and increased blood pressure.
Stress and the bedroom do not mix. Whether you are concerned about work, the kids, your finances, or even your sexual performance, the cortisol coursing through your veins affects your sex drive, your mood, and your energy level.
It is important for your sex life and overall health to manage stress by eliminating the sources, when you can, and learning to cope in healthy ways, such as doing yoga, meditating, practicing breathing exercises, and other similar techniques.
At Balanced Medical Solutions, we also have naturally-derived treatments that reduce stress, such as oxytocin nasal spray.
Consider issues of aging
There is no reason to not enjoy a robust sex life, even as you get older. However, certain factors related to your aging body may pose a few challenges. In addition to the hormonal changes discussed above in both men and women (especially in menopause and andropause), other age-related factors can contribute to a passionless sex life as well, including fatigue, poor quality sleep, nutrient deficiency, and dehydration.
Our customized IV therapies replenish what you are missing and can give your sex life a boost.
Rule out a medical condition
Although most bedroom issues can be addressed with simple solutions, some may indicate underlying medical conditions. During your consultation, we discuss your full medical history and your symptoms, and conduct a thorough medical exam and bloodwork. It is important to understand the root cause of your sexual dysfunction before embarking on a treatment plan.
We offer comprehensive women’s sexual health and men’s sexual health services so we can provide personalized care, based on your unique needs. If you have a medical condition such as diabetes or thyroid disease that is contributing to your sexual issues, we may refer you to your primary care physician to supplement our treatments.
Whatever is causing the lull in your love life, a simple solution may be right here at Balanced Medical Solutions. Don’t let another day — or night — go by with so-so or no sex. Call us today to set up an appointment.