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Libido Rx


Courtesy of Dr. Sara Gottfried

Are you more interested in CSI than the big O? Not unusual, says Sara Gottfried, M.D. Gottfried, whose women’s health practice is on Lake Merritt, specializes in libido issues. A yoga teacher as well as a Harvard-educated doctor, Gottfried gives her five best tips for women who always “have a headache”—just in time for Valentine’s Day.


Ditch the birth-control pills.

Pills are made of synthetic hormones and decrease a woman’s natural testosterone level. Instead, Gottfried advises to opt for nonhormonal methods, such as the diaphragm, the IUD, or even the old-fashioned condom.


Work less.

Traumatic events and stress at work can put our adrenal glands on overdrive, leading to low libido, Gottfried says. Cutting down on work hours could make both you—and your mate—happier.


Put the babysitter’s number on speed dial.

A woman’s need to care for her kids often hijacks her need for intimacy with her partner, but Gottfried says making an effort to have time as a couple can rekindle intimacy.

Try the quick fix.

Women with less sex drive can try over-the-counter progesterone. It can correct imbalances between estrogen and progesterone, leading to a more satisfying love life.

When all else fails, nap.

The siesta, a midday nap, is a great way to get energized—especially if you bring your mate.

For more information, visit www.doctorgottfried.com.

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