NEW BABY, NO SEX DRIVE? re-ac­ti­vate the de­sire

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As any new mom can at­test, hav­ing a baby is an earth-shak­ing event. Sud­denly, your sched­ule is turned en­tirely up­side down. You’re help­ing a brand new life sur­vive, all while try­ing to sleep? Yeah, let’s not even talk about sleep.

But you know all this. What you might not know, and what no one re­ally tells you, is how out of whack your sex drive is in those first few months af­ter the baby. At the six-week checkup, when you get the go-ahead from the doc­tor to re­sume sex again, your part­ner may light up–while you have ab­so­lutely zero in­ter­est.

Not only is this nor­mal, it’s hor­monal. So let’s take a look at your in­ter­nal chem­istry af­ter child­birth, by first ex­am­in­ing what hap­pened (or what is cur­rently hap­pen­ing) dur­ing preg­nancy.

terone in­flu­ences your sex­ual en­ergy by sup­port­ing your thy­roid hor­mone (which reg­u­lates the me­tab­o­lism of ev­ery cell in your body), and nur­tures your li­bido by help­ing you sleep. If you were lucky enough to ex­pe­ri­ence that deep, dreamy preg­nancy sleep, you’ve got your friend pro­ges­terone to thank!

When you be­come preg­nant, your lev­els of pro­ges­terone soar in sup­port of your preg­nancy, with many ef­fects and ben­e­fits. You may have a “preg­nancy glow,” and ex­pe­ri­ence the feel­ings of well­be­ing and vi­brant health that many women de­scribe when preg­nant; both can be due, in part, to pro­ges­terone. By re­lax­ing your con­nec­tive tis­sues, the surge of pro­ges­terone helps soften your lig­a­ments and al­lows for the baby’s safe pas­sage through your pelvis.

Af­ter child­birth, how­ever, your hor­mone lev­els–in­clud­ing pro­ges­terone–de­cline sharply. This is a huge rea­son many women ex­pe­ri­ence post­par­tum de­pres­sion, and if you are one of them, tak­ing nat­u­ral pro­ges­terone can help lift feel­ings of de­spair. Guess what else wanes in the wake of child­birth? Estro­gen. It is the hor­mone re­spon­si­ble for sus­tain­ing and pro­mot­ing your fem­i­nin­ity and it plays a role in your healthy sex drive. You need ad­e­quate amounts of both estro­gen and testos­terone to turn on your brain’s arousal cir­cuits, and when you have op­ti­mal estro­gen, testos­terone can ef­fec­tively stim­u­late nerve re­cep­tors to cre­ate the sparks that kin­dle pas­sion and plea­sure.

Dur­ing preg­nancy your estro­gen lev­els were rid­ing high, but un­for­tu­nately, di­rectly af­ter child­birth is not the time for abun­dant, free-flow­ing estro­gen. Breast­feed­ing sup­presses estro­gen, which not only af­fects your de­sire, but your sex or­gans. Estro­gen plays a key role in your po­ten­tial for sex­ual plea­sure by main­tain­ing the health and elas­tic­ity of your vagi­nal and vul­var tis­sues, in­clud­ing your cli­toris, ure­thra, and in­ner and outer labia. Th­ese tis­sues are estro­gen-de­pen­dent, which means they need ad­e­quate estro­gen

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