Your Heart and Low Libido

Low libido? What your heart rate has to do with it.

My heart skipped a beat when I read about a new study published in the Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback journal which revealed a relationship between a woman’s sexual health, specifically her sexual desire and her heart rate variability. Heart rate variability (HRV) is the physiological phenomenon of variation in the time interval between heartbeats and is measured by the variation in the beat-to-beat interval.

Now before you start feeling for a pulse, understand that this was a very small study of 72 women between the ages of 18 to 39 but it is interesting nonetheless.  The women who had a lower than normal HRV also experienced low sexual arousal.

Low sexual desire/ libido is very complex for women and as variable as the variability of the beating heart.   Seeing a relationship between the heart and desire/arousal is exciting as sex is about blood flow for women just as it is for men. Maybe, just maybe this study can help shed more light on a women’s lack of interest for sex and provide a much easier solution.

This may be one component of sexual desire in women but a very important one at that.  Fatigue which is the most commonly known reason for low sexual desire in women may in fact relate to a decreased HRV. To determine HRV one needs some pretty damn fancy medical equipment, which is not accessible for everyone.  But that is no reason to give up. If you are in fact, experiencing low sexual desire, there is evidence to support that a healthy lifestyle that increases blood flow may help.

Now ladies what can we do to change that? Well get out and go for a jog, play some tennis or hit the gym.  Eat a healthy plant-based diet, decreasing alcohol consumption and managing stress will all help to increase blood flow.  (Poor stress management, is associated with decreased HRV). These solutions are simple and excuses just won’t cut it. Taking care of yourself is important and having a healthy sex drive, well that can also help to burn a few extra calories.

So guys, you have met a woman and you are wildly attracted to her but you are not sure about her sexual desire/libido.  This study suggests that if you want to have an indicator of whether or not the sex will be a part of your relationship or give a hint as to whether or not you are going to have great sex with her, you might just want to suggest a date that is a bit more active rather than sedentary, get your heart rates going a bit. It’s a well known fact exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make people happy, happy people like to have sex don’t they?

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