Find out surprising causes of low libido and what you can do to boost itBy Madonna Behen
Is your marriage's passion meter a little on the low side? Libido zappers come from unexpected places, but there are easy ways to get back in the mood. Read on to learn what you can do in and out of the bedroom, straight from the pros. Photo by Getty Images
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The ob/gyn says…Check your stress
Ask yourself, Am I feeling anxious? Am I sleeping well? When you're tense or sleep-deprived, you produce too much of the hormone cortisol, which impacts the balance of other hormones that affect libido (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone-yes, women have it, too!). Regular exercise, such as walking briskly for 30 minutes a day, can decrease cortisol levels and also help keep hormone levels in check. And don't forget to bring up your concerns with your physician. Low libido can be a sign of various medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and depression.
STACY TESSLER LINDAU, MD, associate professor of
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