Cholesterol’s Affect On Libido
High stress is also associated with very high or low levels of cholesterol, which can result in a lowered libido.
The cholesterol connection
Your body uses cholesterol to make healthy levels of sex hormones. This is an interesting conversion and knowing about it can help you make healthier choices. You see, every fat that you include in your diet or take in supplements will end up as the fuel for some important process in your body. Good cholesterol is made from consuming good fats such as Omega-3 and evening primrose oil. Conversely, consuming bad fats will make bad cholesterol and bad (inflammatory) hormones.
High cholesterol can reduce libido
Stress blocks the enzyme that converts cholesterol into hormones. Think of a dam along a peaceful river: If you block the river, water will begin to fill behind the dam and flood the nearby landscape. Water below the dam will be reduced to a trickle. This is what happens when stress blocks cholesterol from being converted into hormones:
- Blood levels of cholesterol build up.
- Sex hormones that support a healthy libido trickle down.
High blood levels of cholesterol have also been linked to poor circulation. Cholesterol is a wax-like substance that can become very sticky. When sticky, it reduces the blood flow to the tiny arteries and blood vessels in the reproductive system. It’s this poor circulation, caused by sticky cholesterol, that results in many cases of poor sexual response and dysfunction.
Low cholesterol can be a problem, too!
Sometimes the cholesterol “river” runs dry. Occasionally, a blood test shows a very low cholesterol level. This may happen when a person’s diet contains no fat or when emotional stress interferes with the fat’s conversion to cholesterol. Extremely low cholesterol levels are usually associated with depression, anxiety and low levels of serotonin in the brain. To summarize, prolonged stress can lead to very low levels of cholesterol, which in turn trigger depression and other associated conditions.
Is Hormone Replacement the Answer?
Why not just replace the hormones? Because, this can also create problems. Evidence shows that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases the risk of breast cancer by 77% (July 2006 Archives of Internal Medicine). This includes testosterone replacement in women – although effective for increasing libido, The option of hormone replacement is a discussion to have with your health care provider. For some people, the benefits of HRT outweigh the risks.
In any event, managing stress is the key to solving many of the cholesterol-related problems that result in low libido.
Suggestions to help take control of your health:
- Reduce stress – it poisons sexual performance
- Breathe deeply for 10 minutes, twice daily
- Breathe deeply for 20 minutes at bedtime
- Use 1–3 ounces of Adaptuit daily
- Get your rest – hormones are produced in your sleep
- Increase “good” dietary fats and reduce “bad” fats
- Increase “sex-specific” enzymes
- Avoid alcohol
- Don’t smoke
- Have a medical checkup
- Check all medications for sexual side effects