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Top 10 Things That Can Reduce Sex Drive

        Health | Sexuality

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Stress and Sex

A close cousin to fatigue, stress is an overarching phenomenon that can have an impact on your overall well-being, including your libido. Given the complexity of daily life, stress can come from any number of sources, including high-pressure jobs and financial worries.

The ideal situation for intimacy is to have everything else in your life balanced. If your life outside the bedroom is out of whack, it will influence your sex life. Like sleep deprivation and excess weight, too much stress leads to your body producing too few helpful hormones -- and the result is inevitably a lagging sex drive.

Here, it's essential not to be demanding of your partner. After all, stress is just another word for the demands we already face in our lives, and few of us need more of those. Plus, pushing your partner away is likely to create more anxiety, and that's not going to boost anyone's sex drive.

In general, exercise is a great weapon in the war against anxiety, since it generates endorphins, a natural stress buster. Relaxation techniques, including yoga, are also highly recommended. Most experts warn against using stress as a crutch for making harmful lifestyle choices, such as overeating, alcohol abuse or cigarette smoking [source: Stoppler].

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