The sex drive is also called the libido. There are many factors that can contribute to a decrease in the sex drive. One factor for women that is unique to them is their transition into menopause. There are other factors, though, and one of them is general health. When looking at ways to increase a woman's sex drive, the safest measures should be attempted first. Physicians should be consulted before trying any medication to improve the libido.
Get healthier by beginning a diet and exercise regimen. Join a group that will help you to lose weight such as Weight Watchers. Buy a treadmill or elliptical trainer and spend 30 minutes a day exercising. According to Tamar Nordenberg, who works with the Office of the Director in the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the best things that people can do to increase the libido is to have a healthy diet and a regular exercise program. This leads to not only a healthier body, but a healthier mind as well. A good mental state can improve the libido, so a healthy lifestyle is the best place to start.
Try an aphrodisiac such as oysters, scallops, chocolate, licorice and ginger. Aphrodisiacs have been around for thousands of years. By using plants, drugs and magic, people have tried to improve sexual performance and desire. Spicy foods such as chili are believed to increase sexual desire by increasing heart rates. There is no medical proof that ginseng, oysters and chili can increase libidos, but they could work because of the placebo effect. According to John Renner, when someone is told that a substance will increase sexual desire, it might work because of the psychological belief that it will.
Become romantic. An unexpected gift of flowers such as red roses can add a spark of romance to a relationship. Tell her you love her. Make a candlelit dinner, during which you can talk about the first few days after you became romantically interested in her and how your thoughts lingered on her. Remind her that your thoughts still do. Researcher Susan Davis, who is director of Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council Center for the Study of Women's Health, suggests that even with the availability of hormone replacement and additional testosterone, a woman and her partner should try a renewed sense of romance to increase her sexual desire.
Discuss testosterone treatment with a physician. The average age of a woman undergoing menopause is 51. There is evidence that suggests the hormone levels of women who have been through menopause do not follow the same patterns as they had done before menopause. There is evidence that testosterone treatments can increase a woman's libido. It should be pointed out, however, that the long-term effects of this treatment, especially on breasts, are not known.