Ladies, Did You Know You Could Use Food to Increase Sexual Drive?

Patient Expert

So it’s time to have sex, but you really aren’t in the mood. You make up every excuse in the book to avoid participating in hanky-panky, including being too tired or having a headache. If you are a woman who has experienced not wanting to have sex, you are not alone. According to a National Institutes of Health review of studies, about 40 percent of women experience sexual dysfunction, which includes a low libido, meaning they lack a desire to have sex. There are a variety of reasons why women may experience a low sex drive:

  • Hormonal levels
  • Illness
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Medicine
  • Stress
  • Trauma

Many women experience a low sex drive during menopause, but it can happen at any age.

If you have experienced a low sex drive, these foods can possibly help increase your desire. If changing or adding to your diet doesn’t help, it may be time to make a visit to the doctor.

Incorporate a Mediterranean Diet A two-year study of women with low sex drive and metabolic syndrome, published by The International Journal of Impotence Research, compared the experiences of women on a Mediterranean diet to a control group. The women whoconsumed more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grain, and olive oil reported a significant improvement in female sexual function. The researchers concluded that this diet provides an overall benefit, as no single aspect (desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, pain) stood out from the others.

The Mayo Clinic defines a Mediterranean diet as:

  • No processed foods
  • Meals consist primarily of vegetables
  • Use oil olive and canola oil instead of butter
  • Herbs and spices
  • Limit on salt intake
  • Fish and chicken twice a week
  • Red meat no more than twice a month

Other fooduna, bananas, and salmon are high in vitamin B6, which ensures the endocrine system works properly. The endocrine system regulates hormones, some of which are connected to a woman’s sex drive. Increasing your intake of foods with vitamin B6 could potentially help you increase your sexual desire. Also, these foods have other great benefits that will help more than just your sex life.

Yogurt, lamb, chickpeas, and pumpkin seeds have high concentrations of zinc, and zinc is good for your sex life. Not having enough zinc in your body can cause a woman to lose her desire for sex.

Spice up your sex life with actual spiceaffron This spice goes well with seafood, chicken, and rice, and may have an aphrodisiac effect. Research on women whose sex life was diminished as a side effect of fluoxetine taken to stabilize depression found improved desire on a four-week regimen of 30 mg of saffron every day. Using The Female Sexual Function Index, the women tracked their desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction and pain. At the end of the 4th week, the women in the saffron group had experienced significantly more improvements in their total score, as well as the arousal, lubrication, and pain domains compared to women taking a placebo, but no significant improvements were found for desire, satisfaction, and orgasms.

Fenugreek is a seasoning I have never had myself, but a study released results stating that women who ingested this leaf for eight weeks had an increase of free testosterone, one of the hormones responsible for sex drive, as well as desire and sexual araousal.

Alisha Bridges has battled with severe psoriasis for over 20 years and is the face behind Being Me in My Own Skin, a blog which highlights her life with psoriasis. Her goals are to create empathy and compassion for those who are least understood, through transparency of self, patient advocacy, and healthcare. She is currently a post-bach student at Georgia State University pursuing a career as a Physician's Assistance—her passions are dermatology and sexual health. Alisha also shares her passion as a Social Ambassador of the Psoriasis HealthCentral Facebook page where she shares timely tips, stories and insights on living with psoriasis. You can also find Alisha on Twitter.