There are more than a few factors that influence a woman’s sex drive — age, dieting, exercise, etc. One of the best things that any woman can do to enhance her sex life is to stay in good health, and this of course means maintaining a healthy weight. Here’s a quick look at just how detrimental being overweight can be on sexual health:
Weight Changes Affect the Libido
Losing or gaining a significant amount of weight can lower a woman’s libido. When weight change takes place, this causes sex-hormone-binding globulin to increase, and as a result, this leads to bioavailable testosterone decreasing, which is the hormone that stimulates sex drive.
Higher Level of Cholesterol
Being overweight also means a woman’s cholesterol level is likely to be high. This increases the chances of plaque building up in her blood vessels, thus slowing blood flow to the pelvic region, including the clitoris and genitals.
Decreased Sense of Self
There’s also the psychological effect that being overweight has on a woman. She will likely feel less confident about herself, especially when it comes to sex. Director of the Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of Texas, Cindy Meston, says “If you’re insecure and you focus on the way your body looks or what your partner is thinking about it during sex, you’re not going to be in the mood.”
Tips for Fostering and Nurturing the Libido
First and foremost, it is essential that a woman eat right and perform moderate to intense exercise at least three times a week for 20 minutes or longer. What many women fail to realize is that walking briskly for 20 minutes is considered moderate exercise; this makes it very simple to squeeze in the amount of exercise that is needed to maintain weight. Combine this exercise with a low calorie or low carb diet, and the potential to lose weight is greatly boosted.
It’s important when walking briskly or performing any type of exercise to work up a bit of a sweat. Studies performed by Meston have found that working up a sweat is “the best cure for sluggish sexual arousal.” 20 minutes of cardio — at 75 percent — can increase a person’s sexual drive by 150 percent. Meston says “exercise gets the body revved up, so then, when you’re in a sexual situation later, blood is sent to the genitals more quickly and intensely.”
In addition to doing exercise and eating right, an excellent way to boost the libido is through masturbation. Giving one’s self an orgasm helps ensure that blood is flowing properly to the genital area, and it helps to nourish the cells and tissues. A study focusing on 2,000 women and the use of vibrators found that 53 percent of them who used the sex toys had higher levels of arousal and orgasm.