Low Desire in the Time of a Pandemic

Given this time of heightened anxiety, we know that many women are finding it difficult to focus on their sex lives.  We are all under quite a bit of stress trying to multitask within the home, take care of our children, and work from home. So, if sex is the LAST thing on your mind …

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Can anti-depressants cause low sex drive?

It is estimated that approximately 1 in 6 women in the United States is taking an anti-depressant. Unfortunately, a substantial proportion of these women will experience unwanted side effects that impact their sex lives. Not surprisingly, depression itself is a major risk factor for sexual dysfunction; many women who are struggling with depression have very …

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Weighing in on Addyi

When taking medication there is generally a cost/benefit factor to consider as medications tend to have side effects. At Maze Women’s Health one of the most common questions women ask about a medication is “will I gain weight?” Interestingly, there are some medications, such as Flibanserin, aka Addyi, that can actually cause weight loss! Addyi …

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Food Glorious Food!

Are libido-enhancing foods for real? I get random emails about food daily, and I’m guessing you do too. Foods that can lift mood and improve mental health, foods that give you better workouts, foods that lower blood pressure, increase energy, reduce inflammation, and of course foods that boost libido. It’s difficult to find the truth …

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Vying for Vyleesi: Could it save your sex life?

Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) in women is now technically called Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder. Symptoms, which need to be present for 6 months, include nonexistent or minimal interest in sexual activity, lack of sexual thoughts/fantasies, absence of pleasure and difficulty feeling sensations during sexual contact. Additionally, these symptoms need to cause considerable distress. For some …

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Should I be Using an Estrogen Cream?

Estrogen creams are for peri or post-menopausal women experiencing symptoms of vaginal atrophy. It occurs because of the lower estrogen levels in the blood after menopause. The skin becomes drier and less elastic, causing such symptoms as burning, pain with intercourse, and even urinary incontinence. Estrogen creams work locally, as opposed to hormone replacement therapy …

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Brain Power

Our brains deserve credit for much of our sexual functioning. Once underlying physiological factors are addressed, we need to exercise the pleasure centers in the brain to boost libido and arousal. How do we do this? Reading erotica and engaging in fantasy are known to positively foster sexuality. They are vehicles that allow us to …

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