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Top Labs To Run Bi-Annually On Your Female Low Libido Patients

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Top Labs To Run Bi-Annually On Your Female Low Libido Patients

Low libido, or low sex drive, is a common problem affecting up to 1 in 3 women between the ages of 30 and 59. It can be temporary or long-term and can be caused by various factors. Low libido can significantly impact an individual's quality of life and can be distressing for both partners in a relationship.

Utilizing regular lab testing as a strategy to manage low libido can unlock important insights into the key factors at play, such as hormonal imbalances, stress levels, and micronutrient deficiencies. Armed with this knowledge, practitioners can better address the issues impacting libido. This article will discuss what low libido is, what causes it, and the top labs to run bi-annually on female patients in order to better manage the condition.


What Is Low Libido? 

A 'low libido,' in medical terms, refers to a reduced frequency or intensity of sexual desire that was once more prominent. This reduction can be either temporary or persistent and can impact a person's quality of life significantly (1). 

The term 'libido,' derived from the Latin word for 'desire' or 'lust,' refers to a person's overall desire for sexual activity, including intercourse and self-stimulation. It's important to understand that libido is a multifaceted concept, affected by a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors (1,3).  

Libido is a highly individual trait; it varies greatly from person to person and can change over one's life. There is no universally 'correct' or 'standard' level of libido; what's perceived as normal depends entirely on personal preferences and individual life circumstances.

However, if a reduction in libido is causing distress or concern, it's important to consult with a healthcare provider or mental health professional. A variety of factors could lead to low libido, including relationship difficulties, medical conditions, hormonal imbalances, mental health concerns, certain medications, stress, and aging (1,3). 

Low libido is a common phenomenon. It affects a significant number of women at some point in their lives. A persistent loss of libido, also known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), affects one in ten women (1,3). 

What Causes Low Libido In Females?  

Libido can fluctuate significantly in women due to a range of physical, emotional, and lifestyle factors:

Hormonal Imbalances and Contraceptives

Many women experience a decrease in sexual desire due to the use of hormonal contraceptives such as birth control pills. These pills affect circulating levels of sex hormones like androgen, estradiol, and progesterone, as well as inhibit the function of oxytocin, a hormone involved in social bonding and sexual reproduction. This is largely attributed to the elevation of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) levels, which control the amount of sex hormones available in the body (1,5). 

Similarly, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), commonly used in treating depression, are known to decrease libido. Fluctuations and imbalances in sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone also contribute to a declining sex drive (1,5).  

Lifestyle Factors and Micronutrient Deficiencies

Physical activity has been found to have a positive correlation with libido, with improvements in sexual arousal following both acute and chronic exercise. High-stress levels and sleep deprivation can also contribute to decreased libido, as stress and fatigue can negatively impact sexual desire and the likelihood of engaging in sexual activity (1,5). 

Certain micronutrient deficiencies have been linked with low libido. For instance, iron deficiency anemia, which can cause fatigue and anxiety, has been associated with decreased sexual function and satisfaction. Similarly, low levels of vitamin D and zinc have been tied to abnormal sexual function and low sexual desire (1,5). 

The Impact of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland doesn't produce enough hormones, can significantly impact libido and sexual function. Symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue and weight gain, can also influence sexual desire (1,5). 

Low Libido Symptoms

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of low libido is the first step toward addressing this issue. Here are common symptoms experienced by women with a decreased sex drive (1,5):

  • Lack of interest in any type of sexual activity
  • Absence or rarity of sexual fantasies or thoughts
  • Concern over the lack of sexual activity or fantasies
  • Difficulty achieving orgasm
  • Decreased vaginal lubrication, leading to discomfort during intercourse
  • A diminished sense of arousal
  • Pain during intercourse

What Are The Benefits of Regular Lab Testing For Female Patients With Low Libido?

Lab testing is a vital tool when it comes to treating low libido in women. It can pinpoint underlying health conditions such as thyroid issues or other lifestyle conditions that may be contributing to the disorder. When abnormalities on testing are found, healthcare professionals can chart the best course of action for treatment. For example, if a hormone imbalance pops up in the test results, it can open the door to specific treatments to fix those imbalances.

The importance of lab testing isn't limited to just identifying problems and guiding initial treatments. It provides an ongoing evaluation platform to monitor the effectiveness of interventions like hormone replacement therapy. Any changes in hormone levels can be tracked over time, ensuring the treatment's efficacy and adjusting as necessary.

Moreover, lab testing rules out other potential contributors to low libido, such as medication side effects or psychological factors. This helps focus the treatment efforts, thereby enhancing the outcomes. In essence, lab testing's multifaceted role - from pinpointing causes and directing treatment to monitoring progress - is pivotal in addressing low libido, highlighting the need for a comprehensive, individualized approach to managing sexual health issues like this one. 

Top Labs To Run Bi-Annually On Female Patients With Low Libido

Functional medicine can shed light on the root cause of low libido in women. Here are some commonly used functional medicine tests that can be conducted bi-annually on female patients experiencing low libido:

Hormone Level Assessment 

This comprehensive panel gauges levels of various hormones that are key players in sexual desire, such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Any imbalances in these hormones can potentially contribute to low libido. Identifying and correcting these imbalances can be a significant step toward restoring sexual desire (1,5). 

Stress Markers Evaluation 

Prolonged stress can take a toll on libido. A test for adrenal stress can measure indicators like cortisol levels, providing insight into the impact stress might be having on sexual function (1,5). 

Micronutrient Profile 

Nutrient deficiencies can have a ripple effect on overall health and sexual function. Micronutrient testing can determine levels of vitamins, minerals, and other crucial nutrients, any deficiencies of which could be impacting libido (1,5). 

Thyroid Function Test 

Thyroid issues can also contribute to low libido. A thyroid panel can evaluate thyroid hormones, thereby identifying and addressing any thyroid issues which may be having a negative impact on sexual health (1,5). 

Gut Health Assessment 

Gut health can have a surprising impact on overall health and sexual function. A comprehensive stool analysis can assess the health of the gut microbiome, inflammation, and other indicators of gut function. Addressing any issues in the gut can lead to better overall sexual health (1,5). 



In summary, low libido, a decreased frequency or intensity of sexual desire, affects a considerable portion of women, particularly between the ages of 30 and 59. The culprits of this decrease in sexual drive are often diverse, stemming from relationship problems, medical conditions, hormonal imbalances, mental health disorders, certain medications, stress, and the natural aging process. Lab testing comes into play as an essential tool, giving practitioners insight into the key factors, such as hormonal imbalances, stress levels, and micronutrient deficiencies, which can impact a woman's libido.

With this information, healthcare providers can develop more effective strategies to manage this condition. Additionally, these tests help monitor the effectiveness of treatments like hormone replacement therapy, ensuring they're doing their job. Bi-annual functional medicine tests, such as hormone level assessment, stress marker evaluation, micronutrient profiling, thyroid function testing, and gut health assessment, thus provide valuable insights and guide individualized treatment plans for women experiencing low libido.

The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider before taking any dietary supplement or making any changes to your diet or exercise routine.
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