Hormones of desire - The thyroid and your sex life

Did you know that thyroid hormone unbalance may have a direct effect on the brain chemicals that regulate sexual interest? Hyperthyroidism can cause a hypomanic state that increases sexuality in women. A hyperthyroid man, on the other hand, can lose the patience to engage in foreplay. Hypothyroidism in women causes the decrease in estrogen levels, often leading to a lack of sexual interest. Similarly, hypothyroidism affects men by decreasing overall desire and the number of sexual fantasies they have. Both sexes can be affected by fatigue, making them too tired to engage in sex. If hypothyroidism were to occur with depression, it would be very likely to see all sexual desires disappear! Important points to remember:
  • Optimal thyroid hormone levels are crucial for having normal libido and physical responses that lead to sexual fulfillment.
  • An overactive thyroid can either lead to a raging libido or painful intercourse and a loss of interest in sex.
  • An underactive thyroid often results in blunted sexual appetite, lack of lubrication, and painful sex.
  • Sexual problems can continue after correction of a thyroid imbalance. You and your partner need to learn about these effects, discuss them openly, and seek help from a sex therapist if psychological problems and distancing persist.

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