Low libido and Erectile Dysfunction? See Your Naturopath
Low libido and erectile dysfunction are serious medical and social issues, with a great deal of stigma attached.
On one hand they’re not easy topics to speak about with the people you know, on the other there are huge sections of the internet solely dedicated to libido boosters and erectile dysfunction products, devices and cures – many of which are absolute nonsense.
The good thing is that there are lots of things a properly trained and qualified naturopath can do to address these complex problems.
The first thing to say is that it’s not a one-pill-fixes-all situation. A multifactorial approach is needed to find and address the cause.
What is impotence/erectile dysfunction?
Male impotence, or erectile dysfunction is considered when a man is unable to maintain an erection for sexual satisfaction.
Low libido/sex drive is a lack of interest in any kind of sexual activity that concerns you.
They commonly happen to middle aged and older men. However, it’s important to note that it’s happening more frequently in younger men too.
What causes it?
Sometimes it’s a psychological problem. You could be suffering from:
- Stress and resilience to stress (as spoke about last month)
- Sexual arousal and passion expectation not being met
- Fear of Sex
- Sexual Trauma or Abuse
Other times there is an underlying medical cause such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), smoking cigarettes, excess alcohol intake and high cholesterol.
Endocrine disorders are also reported to be a common cause such as thyroid and low testosterone measures.
Medications also affect sperm concentration as well as erection – such as antihypertensive, antidepressants, antipsychotics, drugs for diabetes.
Lifestyle too is to be considered – whether or not you are moving enough or sitting all day, for example. Is there, or has there been, trauma to the pelvic area from sport or surgery.
As you can see, there are a lot of reasons why erectile dysfunction or low libido might be happening!
So how do I help as a Naturopath?
As naturopaths we treat all these conditions by improving your health as a whole. loss of libido or erectile dysfunction is often, if not always, a symptom of a much bigger picture of ill health.
The sort of treatments we give may include:
- Herbal Support
- Nutritional medicine support and monitoring
- Investigation of underlying health conditions
- Lifestyle advice
- Correct exercise prescription
- Stress management
If you have a pressing symptom that you feel has not been addressed as a whole-system approach and want your health history to be understood, taken seriously and be educated on, look no further. We have your back here at New leaf, and we are here to help.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sarah should you have any questions regarding this article.