For a growing number of women, declining hormones, job stress, relationship issues, and other problems are taking their toll in the bedroom.Loss of sexual desire, known in medical terms as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), is the most common form of sexual dysfunction among women of all ages.Those in the sunny group reported significant changes in their sexual desire levels—and also more sexual satisfaction levels overall. Fagiolini, who led the study, says the effect is likely because bright light causes you to produce more of a pituitary chemical called luteinizing hormone.The more you have of that, the greater your testosterone level, he says.Related: 9 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Start Taking Testosterone Therapy Cortisol is the hormone that helps you handle stress—in the “fight or flight” kind of way—but when it’s elevated on a continual basis, your body can get run down pretty fast.
In that research, which looked at 156 randomized controlled trials, researchers noted that testosterone supplementation didn’t show consistent benefit for sexual function or increased libido.“Doing a sleep study and getting treatment [like a CPAP machine] can alleviate many symptoms,” he says. These can lower testosterone levels and suppress sexual function.Besides potentially boosting libido—and correcting snoring, which is its own boner killer for your partner—addressing sleep apnea can also lower other serious health risks, Dr. “You can reduce risk of hypertension, heart issues, and stroke.” Related: 7 Signs You Actually Stop Breathing When You're Sleeping When you’re dealing with a health condition, medications can be a miraculous solution. “The main thing is to talk to your doctor and not be embarrassed about this topic,” says John William Mc Evoy, M. Even the hair-growth drug Propecia might be a factor, according to a clinical trial data from the manufacturer.Just under four percent of men treaded with Propecia experienced sexual side effects like decreased libido and erectile dysfunction.But two percent of those on a placebo experienced the same issues. Mc Evoy’s advice and chat with your doctor about lower sex drive, even if you don’t think it’s related to your medication.