9 Tips on Naturally Increasing Your Sex Drive

If your libido has shifted into low gear since becoming a mother, you are not alone. With ever increasing demands on a mother’s time and energy, it’s easy to see why sex can become last on your list. But regular sex with your partner can reduce stress, improve self-esteem and even strengthen your immune system. Ready to make your sex life a priority again? Here are some tips:

Exercise. Any regular cardiovascular exercise and deep stretching targeted at the pelvic region increases blood flow to the genitals. Think yoga, power walking, jogging or cycling – all these increase circulation to the pelvic region, and as a result, can ignite sexual desire and orgasmic function. Practicing your kegel exercises several times a day will also strengthen the vaginal muscles and can increase libido. Sex and exercise have been proven to help reduce stress, so engaging in both on a regular basis should help you stay happy and relaxed.

Eat libido-enhancing foods. Testosterone is the key hormone responsible for sexual desire, and its production is dependent on zinc and vitamin B. Foods high in these nutrients include raw oysters, avocado, nuts (especially almonds), asparagus, eggs, bananas, pine nuts, brown rice, and pumpkin seeds. Spices such as ginger and cayenne can also increase circulation to the pelvic regions. Sweets should be limited to dark chocolate, a potent antioxidant that also stimulates endorphins.

Grooming. When was the last time you gave your va-jay-jay a hair cut and a new outfit? Just giving her a trim and a little shave can work wonders. If you have the time (and pain tolerance) give the Brazilian wax a go. Then go out and buy some new sexy underwear.

Schedule time. It might sound unromantic, but designate a block of time – be it one night, morning or afternoon a week – with your partner. Take turns bringing something new to the bedroom, such a sex toy, illustrated magazine, video, or technique. By planning ahead, you’re making your sex life a priority, and making a commitment you’ll keep – just as you would any other important meeting or event.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. As women age, the yin element of the body-part of what is responsible for sexual desire-begins to decline. Fluctuations in hormones and changes in menstrual cycles can also play a role in decreased desire. Add to this the demands of raising children, and no its no wonder so many of us are complaining of loss of libido! Regular acupuncture can regulate hormones, ease depression, increase blood flow to the pelvic region, increase cervical mucous, and decrease stress (a libido killer).

Sleep. Regularly getting a good night’s sleep is another great way to boost your sex drive. As moms, we all know how important sleep is for our children, and the same is true for ourselves. A good night’s rest also balances hormones, helps us better cope with stress and can increase endurance between the sheets.

Increase Cervical Mucous. Evening primrose oil, fish oil, vitamin E and flax oil can all increase cervical mucous and vaginal lubrication. These supplements, high in essential fatty acids, have also been shown to support the reproductive system and decrease depression. L-Arginine, an essential amino acid, increases blood flow to the genital regions and can therefore increase sexual desire. Limiting caffeine and alcohol (both dehydrating) and increasing water intake can also help with vaginal lubrication.

Build up your mental fantasy library. For most women, desire starts with mental stimuli. Pick up a new racy novel, or take a break from e-mailing and check out sites such as literotica.com or sextails.com. Then take your fantasy to the bedroom and have fun!

Pay attention. To your cycles, that is. Women generally experience a heightened sex drive prior to ovulation or just before menstruation. Pick a week when you and your partner don’t have too much going on, when you can exercise and get good sleep. Increasing your sex drive is not going to happen over night, but if you make it a priority, implement some of the above tips, you can well be well on your way!