Struggling with Hashi’s or Autoimmune and your libido has hit the skids? First of all, you are not alone. It’s a thing. And I know, the reality is you feel so fabulous, not, that you could really give a sh.t but when you do feel better and are up for some fun and relief, it just isn’t working right.
I know, libido is a dirty word. And isn’t it bad enough that you are struggling so hard with your symptoms, does it have to make you talk about the dirty word. When your libido is working, most relationships are happier. When it isn’t, even in the best of circumstances, it makes it so hard. One more thing to struggle with.
Let’s talk about the dirty little word.
There are answers in the science and there are answers in the reality of the illness. Let’s walk through those covering the science first. But you will see that the science quickly leads to the psychological aspects.
Adrenal fatigue means your body is in a state of fight or flight or survival mode. Your body’s resources are converted to surviving and not making the hormones necessary for our reproductive system. So stress in the body means no libido.
Hashimoto’s puts our body in a state of stress, fight or flight because of the internal stressors and triggers we are experiencing like food sensitivities, metal and chemical toxicity, chronic infections, etc. The body is more concerned with surviving and possibly making us less attractive as part of the defense mechanism. Weight gain, hair loss, skin issues, etc. It really is a thing. No need for a libido when your body thinks it is fighting for it’s life. And this becomes a vicious circle because it contributes to our Psychological stress.
Psychological stress can come from poor body image caused by the weight gain, hair loss and skin issues. Making it even more difficult to activate the libido. There are other contributing factors to this as well like poor relationships, being overwhelmed, stressed, negativity in general. Over time this becomes chronic. And chronic stress leads to adrenal fatigue. See above for adrenal fatigue
Other contributing factors are pain like arthritis or back pain. They can make it difficult. Vaginal and pelvic pain caused by cysts, menstrual issues, endometriosis, and the lovely lady part issues that we can experience like UTI’s and yeast infections all interfere with our bedroom activities. Not in a good way.
Attitude and emotions in general can be at the bottom of a poor performing libido as well. Women with Hashi’s struggle in a very big way with depression and anxiety. It is hard to rock the bed when you feel like you are living in a dark place.
So what do you do about it?
Fake it ‘til you make it? Haha. I’m sure that we might have experienced this a time or two. Might not be at the top of the list as this isn’t really beneficial for you.
Medically there is hormone replacement therapies. It is also possible to look into androgen replacement therapies. And I’ve heard of a “female sex pill” that can have good results but some not so fun side effects.
There is hope for Hashi’s and other autoimmune sufferers.
By improving your thyroid function, many times it is possible to improve your libido as well. Yay!!! How do you do that. Make sure your thyroid medication is optimized, if you are taking it. If not, maybe you want to look into the possibility of medication for your thyroid.
You can also support your adrenals. There are some natural options out there to do that. And it also includes making sure you are getting enough sleep, managing your stress, supporting your body with the right diet, etc.
Improve your anxiety levels. Stress management can help and there are some really good supplements out there that can also help while your body is healing. Selenium and inositol are two that can help with anxiety reduction.
And don’t forget your part when it comes to your libido. You have to mentally be in that space to help your body get happy about bedroom activities. What puts you in the mood? And if you know what does, go do it.
The reality is there are a lot of approaches to improving the response of your libido. It probably isn’t going to be one thing. It is probably a combination of things and a patient partner. But if you are struggling with Hashi’s or another autoimmune disease, your body is going to need some healing to help you get there. One more reason to embark on that healing journey today.
Have a great week. Let me know if you have additional questions or concerns.