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10 Sneaky Sex-Drive Stealers

How to get in the mood—and stay there

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  • Sex Drive Stealer #6: High Cholesterol

    A recent article in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found a correlation between high cholesterol and women who report difficulty with arousal and orgasm. Here's why: "Cholesterol can build up on the walls of the arteries of the body, including those to the pelvic area," says Dr. Stephanie Buehler, PsyD, a psychologist and sex therapist in Irvine, California. "Researchers speculate that when blood flow to the pelvic area is restricted, there can be less sensation in the genitals. That can make orgasm more difficult, which can in turn make sex frustrating."

    How to Feel Sexy Again: Change your diet! Dr. Buehler suggests reducing the amount of whole-milk products and animal fats you consume while upping your intake of fruits, vegetables and other fiber-rich foods, which could help block the absorption of cholesterol in the bloodstream and improve your sexual health.

    Sex Drive Stealer #7: Birth Control

    It's ironic that the thing that is supposed to make sex feel more freeing and comfortable could be the thing that makes your sex drive flatline, but it's true, says Leah Millheiser, MD, director of the Female Sexual Medicine Program at Stanford University School of Medicine. Hormone-based birth control, she says, increases your sex hormone binding globulin, which reduces testosterone. That's medical speak for "there's a good chance your birth control pills might be messing with your sex drive."

10 Sneaky Sex-Drive Stealers
How to get in the mood—and stay there
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