For my wife of 50+ years and with babies, teens and special needs in the house, job is at home; I am a fitness nut, take vitamins, supplements and in top shape at 58. She however, needs something.
I have her on E, B complex, DHEA, 7-keto, reservatrol, chromium and acidophilus. She attempts to take her own C, ginseng, calcium and her other supplement for Sex drive increase. She often forgets to take any supplements. Once she went 4 days without taking them. On average, she will forget twice per week and go 2 to 4 days without supplements. Although she is ware of this, often acts as if she doesn’t care.
Am I missing anything and what data does anyone have for Low Drive issues?
CJ i don’t think you can really force anybody to take anything. I understand your frustration if you think those supplements ARE really helping her and not harming her body but that’s something she has to decide, or with the help of a doctor.
I don’t think there’s really anything especially in women’s health that can change a woman from LD to HD. I am on BHRT doctor rx’d hormonal therapy and it hasn’t fundamentally changed my drive, nor really will any supplement out there.
In regards to hormones & supplements, many times there is a build-up period before an effect and change might occur. If things are irregular, I find it hard to believe that a proper build-up would occur and instead the body could be confused and/or never large enough to have the desired impact.
The problem with supplements is that the chemistry isn’t an exact science since people are different, it’s not always predictable or have the desired or even effect.
My DW is taking natural supplements for early onset menopause to reduce PMS effects and another for desire. They took about 2 months to build up. One stopped working so she had to switch to another. She feels the desire one has only helped get desire up to a 4 out of 10.
Then there are also personality and relational issues to consider to. Pills aren’t the magic end all panacea I wish they were so you also need to consider the other relational issues you and your wife need to address individually and as a couple because thar can also impact the effectiveness of medicines and certainly your wife’s desire to por not to be diligent about her meds.
To be honest, I’m very sceptical of the value of supplements.
If you’ve got a good diet, then you’ll be getting enough nutrients and won’t really benefit from supplements – many of these things are water soluble and the excess is filtered by the kidneys so you’re just paying for expensive urine.
I’d be looking at the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables in the diet, along with some meat and dairy.
Even if supplements are necessary, we can’t possibly advise without knowing what her diet is like. For instance, dietary deficiencies are more likely in vegetarians and vegans, because they’re not getting the vitamins and minerals found in meat and dairy from those sources and so need to ensure that they are getting them from plant based sources.