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Reasons For Lack Of Sexual Intimacy!

Dr. Nisha Khanna 88% (51 ratings)
Ph. D - Psychology
Psychologist, Delhi
Reasons For Lack Of Sexual Intimacy!

Reasons for Lack of Sexual Intimacy

Sexual intimacy is an integral part of a relationship and almost as imperative as trust and communication to sustain and enhance that relationship between two people. It is associated with feelings of loveromanceemotionsaffection and most importantly commitment to each other. Sex helps bond relationships further and creates a broader sense of intimacy in a loving relationship. However, lack of intimacy with a partner can be a source of frustration and anxiety in both men and women. This can create feelings of rejection in a person and can develop feelings of self-doubt in them. Further, It can increase a gap between a couple which in the long run can cause irreparable damage to their relationship. Hence, It is very important for a person to know and understand what can be the probable causes of low sexual desire in their respective partners. Listed below are a few causes: 

1. Stress

Studies indicate that stress can be a major reason for decreased sex drive in people especially, in men. Stress at home, at work or any kind of stress that may have a huge impact on a person, can leave them exhausted. This can make sleep or any other way to unwind and relax more appealing compared to sex which can feel like a chore for that person at that time.

2. Unresolved conflicts

Problems and unresolved issues in a relationship can make your partner withdraw themselves emotionally and show less affection. If one feels disrespected, unappreciated, criticized or feels let down by their partner, it may put a strain on intimacy.

3. Emotional intimacy

Lack of emotional intimacy can be a reason for a lack of sexual intimacy too. Be it a man or a woman, feeling disconnected from your partner can make it hard to connect during sex or enjoy it. Spending quality time together can help build emotional intimacy and ultimately bring back physical intimacy.

4. Depression

Depression is a serious illness that interferes with all aspects of your life, including your sex life. It is not the same as feeling sad for a short while as that is temporary and fades away with time. If your libido has been low for an extended time, and if it’s causing you stress or sadness, it might be time to talk to your doctor.

5. Self-esteem

Body image issues and low self-esteem affect both men and women. If a person doesn’t feel confident in their skin and feels unattractive it can take a toll on their relationships, particularly when it comes to physical intimacy because it leads to inhibitions. In such a case, complimenting your partner and showing patience and understanding can help your partner feel more comfortable about themselves.

6. Hormonal imbalance

Hormonal imbalance can compromise your sex life by affecting your energy, physical sensitivity and desire. The three main hormones that could be affecting sexual desire are estrogen, progesterone, or testosterone levels. The hormonal imbalances found in menopause, pre-menopause and post-menopause can result in the decline of sexual drive in women. If it persists it’s best to visit a health professional for proper guidance.

7. Rejection

Rejection by your partner in earlier times can lead to a lack of sexual intimacy. If you have ignored and turned down sexual advances from your partner in the past, it can make your partner feel unwanted and can put them off intimacy. This can make them distant and not initiate sex.

Sexual intimacy plays a major role in any relationship/marriage. When there is a lack of sexual intimacy it makes the couple less satisfied with each other. Seeking help from a professional marriage counselor or relationship expert can be beneficial in understanding your issues and guiding you to work it out together.

 

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Yes, Your Hormones Are Responsible For Boosting Hair Growth!

Dr. Vishal Garg 89% (40 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - General Medicine, Certificate Course in Management of Thyroid Disorder, Post Graduate Course In Diabetology
Endocrinologist, Delhi
Yes, Your Hormones Are Responsible For Boosting Hair Growth!

Hormones play a vital role in keeping our mind and body healthy. There are several disorders which are caused by and related to hormonal imbalance i.e. presence of too much or too little of any hormone in the body. They can lead to hair loss or excessive hair growth. Both of these are symptoms as well as effects of endocrine disorders.

Hair growth, either too much or too little, is more than often related to hormonal issues. Some of the most common ones include-

  1. Hypothyroidism: It is a disorder which occurs when there is insufficient production of hormones by the thyroid gland. It leads to the thinning of hair and hair loss. Individuals suffering from hair loss due to hypothyroidism must take medication to optimize hormone production to improve hair growth.
  2. PCOS: Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS is a disorder seen in women. It is often associated with high levels of male hormone or testosterone in the body. PCOS leads to excess facial hair growth and loss of scalp hair. Controlling PCOS involves bringing about a change in lifestyle, eating healthy and taking medications as prescribed by a gynaecologist or endocrinologist to balance hormone production.
  3. Low Oestrogen Levels in Women: Low level of a reproductive hormone called Oestrogen among women is a leading cause of hair loss in them. Women in their mid and late 40s often face hair growth issues because of an imbalance of this hormone during menopause. Hair growth can be improved during this time by following a balanced diet and ensuring that hair is nourished well. High Cortisol levels: Also known as the ‘stress hormone’, cortisol is that hormone which is produced by the adrenal glands. Excess stress in life increases the production of the cortisol hormone which triggers hair loss by reducing the production of two important skin elements hyaluronan and proteoglycans which are associated with hair growth.

Hair growth in the human body is regulated by hormone production. Thus, excessive hair growth and hair loss are both mostly related to some hormone imbalance. One must visit an endocrinologist to deal with the root cause of these problems.

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Acne - Everything You Should Know!

Dr. Rashmi Agrawal 90% (34 ratings)
MBBS, Fellowship In Aesthetic Medicine, Hair Transplant, Dermatology, Masters In Clinical Dermatology, VTCT Level 4 Laser Training, Aesthetic Practitioner Training, Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler Injectables, Advanced Lip Filler Injectable Training
Dermatologist, Noida
Acne - Everything You Should Know!

Acne is a condition that affects many people including teenagers and women during their menstruation period. It is characterized by red eruptions that are usually filled with oil, secreted by overactive oil glands in the hair follicles. So what else should you know about acne?

Here are six things you probably did not know about this condition:

  1. Clogged Pores:  Acne signifies clogged or blocked pores that are filled with oil and dead skin cells that have not been cleaned out completely. This mixture of oil and dead skin cells blocks the pores, and ends up creating an eruption of red sores called acne and pimples. There is a chance that bacteria may have joined these two substances as well.
  2. Over Treating the Skin: The worst thing that you can do is to touch, pick or even apply too many harsh chemicals to your skin during an acne breakout. These things can actually make the problem worse, and even create scars in the long run. The constant use of cleansers and moisturizers can also have a harsh effect on the skin, due to perfume and chemicals present in such products. 
  3. Exfoliation: Using a salicylic acid wash or cleanser first thing in the morning will help in exfoliation, which is a good way to clear those dead skin cells from your skin. This will speed up the process of acne treatment as well, by clearing the pores. Also at night, the use of a medicated cream that contains benzoyl peroxide will help in killing the bacteria, so that there is no infection.
  4. Two Weeks Notice: Trying new products to treat acne is a great idea. But give every new product at least two weeks before you write it off. Usually, any good product will take at least that much time to affect the acne, and clear the pores in an effective way. So before you start changing cleansers and creams every other day, remember to use the two week thumb rule.
  5. Menstrual Cycle: Acne, more often than not, happens about five days before and a few days after the monthly menstrual cycle. So watch out for hormonal imbalances, which can cause acne and pimples. Avoid stress around this time too.
  6. Dermatologist: Visit a dermatologist if regular cleaning and over the counter creams are not working. Persistent acne may turn into infection. Remember to ask your dermatologist for an oil reducing formula too. 

Acne is a skin problem that should be treated the right way.

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I'm having hormonal imbalance from the past two years and started gaining a lot of weight from past 1 year. I also get hungry a lot. I'm 16 and my weight is 44 kgs. Any suggestions for diet plan and body fat reducing exercises also I'm not getting tall and height increasing food suggestions?

Dr. Pulak Mukherjee 91% (6997 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
I'm having hormonal imbalance from the past two years and started gaining a lot of weight from past 1 year. I also ge...
Test your blood for thyroid and prolactin, do regular exercise, skipping, jogging, swimming, take high protein, take nuts, take ashwagandha, take fruits, this will help.
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Effects Of Hormonal Changes In Woman!

Dr. Mithunesh Sayasikamal 91% (1471 ratings)
BDS
Dentist, Betul
Effects Of Hormonal Changes In Woman!

Hormonal changes in women increase senitivity and may also lead to the occurance of gingivitis.

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Stress - How Does It Lead To Premature Ejaculation?

Dr. Sudhir Bhola 88% (616 ratings)
MD - Alternate Medicine, BAMS
Sexologist, Gurgaon
Stress - How Does It Lead To Premature Ejaculation?

Ejaculation can be considered premature if it happens within 1 minute of penetration or if you are unable to control your ejaculation. There are several reasons that can contribute to premature ejaculation like performance anxiety, excessive excitement, relationship issues and hypersensitivity of the skin. To treat premature ejaculation, it is important to determine the cause and stress that can be a potent reason that is preventing you from 'lasting' long. Premature ejaculation can be life long or acquired.

The effects of stress on the mind

Stress can create havoc in your life and it is closely related to sexual dysfunctions. It is caused not only by rigorous emotional turmoil, daily factors like work or school can also lead to continuous stress, which may pile up to have a profound effect on your mind and body. Stress tends to alter the brain chemistry by triggering hormones like Cortisol, Norepinephrine, Serotonin and many others that signal the nervous system and endocrine to put the body in a state of anxiety which leads to weakening of the ejaculation reflex arc.

The effects of stress on the body

Increased level of stress causes the heart rate to drop and the body is stimulated to produce excess blood sugar, adrenalin and chemicals. If your stress is caused due to work, your body will respond to it by diverting blood towards the important organs like hands and legs and your concentration might also improve under stress. However, stress can diminish your ability to enjoy sex, heighten your sensitivity to stimulation and pain and increase impotence.

How stress causes premature ejaculation

Stimulation of the sympathetic nerves and hormonal imbalance caused by stress create an urge to ejaculate. Generally, this urge is enhanced by mental and sensory stimulation till orgasm is reached. One is likely to engage in sex with an amplified urge to ejaculate because the nerves have already been exhausted which leads to an early climax. Men with premature ejaculation has shown significant impact on self esteem and self confidence and many people confirm high levels of anxiety connected to sexual or intimate situations with a partner.

In a recent-published survey investigating the female partner's perception of premature ejaculation and impact on relationship break ups, relationship quality and sexual satisfaction among females, many of them confirmed that premature ejaculation was the main reason for break ups.

Hormonal disturbances in Thyroid, Prolactine, Erectile dysfunction, Penile anomalies, Prostate disease, Lower urinary tract infection can also cause premature ejaculation.
 
Reducing stress is an important step to cure premature ejaculation. Premature ejaculation can be treated with medications, counseling, diet and exercises.

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Gynaecology Problems - Types, Symptoms And Homeopathic Treatments

Dr. Anil K. Vangani 90% (10 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Jaipur
Gynaecology Problems - Types, Symptoms And Homeopathic Treatments

Women suffer from a range of gynaecological problems ranging from menstrual irregularities and fertility issues to menopause and STDs. In most cases, it is an imbalance of hormones that cause gynaecological problems and strong medication is not required. Homeopathy is a holistic form of alternative medication that takes into account the physical, mental and emotional symptoms of a patient and addresses the root of the problem. It has negligible side effect and hence can be prescribed for women of all ages. During a woman’s teenage years, homeopathy can help regulate hormone production and hence treat associated puberty changes and skin conditions like acne. In her later years, homeopathy can also help treat fertility issues as well as ease pregnancy-related issues.

Here are a few gynaecological problems that can be treated with homeopathy :

  1. Irregular Menstruation- Pulsatilla and sepia are excellent remedies for treating menstrual difficulties. Pulsatilla can be used to treat missed periods as well as excessive bleeding and painful periods. In most cases, the women who benefit from this remedy are emotional, timid, thirstless and averse to fats. Sepia is used to treat early or scanty menses in cases where women also complain of being tired, irritable and prefer solitude.

  2. Fertility Issues- Problems that arise out of a weak uterus such as infertility or miscarriages in the first trimester can be treated with Caulophyllum. In such cases, the woman often complains of pain and stiffness in the joints and has erratic mood swings. A loss of libido caused by excessive alcohol, drugs or sex can be treated with Agnus castus.

  3. Pregnancy Related Issues- Cimicifuga can be used to treat nervous mothers who worry excessively about the foetus and tend to suffer from rheumatic pains. Morning sickness is a common complaint of pregnant women and can be treated with Ipecacuanha.

  4. Postpartum Depression- After giving birth to their baby, many women suffer from postpartum depression and feel disconnected to their baby. This can be treated with Nux Vomica and Lilium Tigrinum. The former helps treat ambitious women who may feel resentful of having had to give up their careers because of the new born baby. Lilium Tigrinum is used to treat depression that involves constant weeping and irritability.

  5. Menopause- Menopause affects every woman in a different way. Lachesis is a homeopathic remedy that can be used to treat hot flushes, palpitations and feelings of being suffocated while asleep. Excessive menses and a tendency to haemorrhage can be treated with ustilago. This can also be used to treat uterine fibroids.

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Appetite Hormones - Can You Control Them?

Dt. Sangita Chatterjee Bisoyi 88% (15 ratings)
MBA-HR, MBA-Finance, Diploma in Dietetics, Health and Nutrition (DDHN), Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education (DNHE))
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Appetite Hormones - Can You Control Them?

Are you aware of the function of appetite hormones in your body? Appetite hormones or hunger hormones are the hormones which are responsible for making you feel hungry, and also account for a decreased appetite, which is common for all of us at times.

Leptin and Ghrelin are the two primary appetite hormones, which are produced in your body.

About Ghrelin
Ghrelin is your body’s appetite increasing hormone, which gets released in the stomach. It is responsible for signaling hunger to your brain. It is said that the ghrelin levels in your body play an important role in how quickly you feel hungry after having a meal. Usually, the ghrelin levels increase before you eat. This signifies that you are hungry. They go down for almost three hours after your meal. It is believed that ghrelin plays a more important role in the regulation of your body weight, which is a much more complex procedure.

About Leptin
Among the two appetite hormones, leptin accounts for being the appetite suppressing hormone. It is considered to play a more important role than ghrelin in maintaining the energy balance of your body. It is also believed that leptin is responsible for the regulation of ghrelin. Leptin helps in signaling the brain that your body has enough energy in the form of body fat. It is considered that the more fat you have, the more amount of leptin is present in your blood. However, the level varies based on factors such as when you took your last meal, and your sleeping patterns.

How to control your hunger hormones?
There are certain ways by which you can control your appetite hormones. It can be done primarily by avoiding food items that contain high fat. When you eat, messages are transmitted to several parts of your body, indicating that you have had enough. While consuming fatty food, this system does not send messages as effectively. Consuming fat makes you consume more calories, which in turn lets you store fat and gain fat.

It has been proven that either a diet which is rich in good carbohydrates or a diet which is high in protein, suppresses your ghrelin production more effectively than a high fat diet. It is important for you to get proper sleep for controlling your appetite hormones. Studies prove that sleep deprivation is associated with an increase in your ghrelin levels, appetite, and hunger, compared to people who get 10 hours sleep on a regular basis.

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Male Breast - What Causes It?

Dr. Shyam Mithiya 93% (717 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry, Diploma in Psychological Medicine, MBBS
Sexologist, Mumbai
Male Breast - What Causes It?

The development of a girl’s breast at puberty is a major differentiating factor between the silhouette of a boy and a girl. However, sometimes, men too can develop breast tissue. This condition is known as Gynecomastia. While it is not fatal or very harmful to a person’s overall health, it can cause emotional distress and affect a person’s self-confidence.

Gynecomastia can be triggered by a number of factors including diet, lifestyle, hormonal imbalances etc. One of the most surprising causes of this condition is milk. This is because milk is considered to be rich in oestrogen. When talking of milk, it can be categorised as organic and non-organic milk. In order to increase the amount of milk, a cow can produce they are often injected with hormones. Milk collected from cows who have received such treatment is known as non-organic milk while milk collected from cows who have not received any form of treatment to boost milk production can be termed as organic milk. Non-organic milk may also have a higher than normal IGF-I level. This refers to an insulin-like growth factor that aids in the development of breast tissue.

The main reason milk consumption is encouraged is for its high calcium levels. However, you can get your calcium from other natural sources as well. Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and bok-choy are very rich in calcium and the calcium from these vegetables can be very easily absorbed by our bodies. Thus, skipping your glass of milk will not give you weak bones.

Gynecomastia can be treated. Increasing your intake of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower can help absorb and remove oestrogen from the digestive tract before it goes into the blood stream. Spices like turmeric can increase testosterone levels and help balance hormones. Phytoestrogens like flax seeds and soy can also help treat gynecomastia by minimising oestrogen levels and reducing cholesterol.

Two ayurvedic herbs that can increase the production of testosterone and thus, help maintain a balance between oestrogen and testosterone are tribulus terrestris and cordycep. Red clover can also help reduce oestrogen levels. Sarsaparilla is yet another ayurvedic herb that can help treat this condition by strengthening muscles.

In addition to these dietary changes and herbal medicines, one must also exercise to reduce fat tissue in the chest area. Lifting weights or chest bench presses are ideal exercises to strengthen chest muscles and reduce gynecomastia.

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