8 Libido Inhibitors That Can Ruin Your Romantic Date


flamingos-heartDate night can be fun, a celebration of love and romance. But for some people, romance is the last thing on their minds.  If you have a low sex drive or no sex drive, the pressure to be romantic can make date night uncomfortable.  You may want to show your sweetheart how much you care, but you just don’t feel it. Here is a list of 8 libido inhibitors that can ruin your romantic date, along with solutions.

There are many reasons for low libido and some of them are not obvious.  Find out if any of the sex drive inhibitors below are ruining your date night plans.

Sex Drive Inhibitors


While a glass of alcohol may get you in the mood, too much alcohol numbs your body and kills your sex drive.  Moderation is the key to romance.  Limit your alcohol consumption on date night.  If you are worried that you drink too much, contact me for help.  Acupuncture can relieve addictions and control cravings.


Some medications can adversely affect your libido.  Drugs commonly associated with this include antidepressants, blood pressure medications, chemotherapy, anti-HIV drugs, synthetic progesterone, and narcotic pain medicines.  If you take any of these medications and suspect that they are suppressing your sex drive, contact your doctor.


When you are stressed, your body releases hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to give you energy and prepare your body to address the stressor.  Getting energy is good, but there is a downside.  These same hormones also tense your muscles, slow digestion, raise blood pressure. and reduce sensitivity to pain.  In other words, stress prepares your body for fight or flight—but not romance.

If you want a healthy love life, you need to control your stress.  Acupuncture helps reduce the symptoms of stress and balances your body, mind, and spirit.

Ironically, sex is an excellent antidote to stress.  So, if you’re feeling stressed, put your worries aside and plan a special date with your loved one.

Relationship Problems

Lingering arguments, lack of intimacy, and unresolved issues can kill your sex drive.  This is particularly true for women because many women need emotional closeness to feel sexual desire.  Be sure to resolve arguments before date night.  If relationship issues regularly interrupt your love life, find a coach, counselor, therapist, or member of the clergy to help.


Parenting is a full-time job and many couples find it hard to be attentive to their sex life while meeting the demands of raising children.  It’s hard to find the time and energy for intimacy.  However, prioritizing your relationship as a couple nourishes your relationship as parents.  Your children will benefit when you and your significant other feel close.

Sometimes, finding time for your love life is all about strategy.  If your kids don’t sleep at night and keep you awake, bring them in for acupuncture.  When you children are sleeping well, you can have the quiet moments you need to connect.

Psychological Issues

Depression, sexual abuse, anxiety, and other psychological issues can affect your sex drive.  On top of that, many anti-depressants can decrease libido.  Seek help to address these issues and discuss your concerns openly with your doctor, to find a treatment plan that is right for you.  Acupuncture can help relieve depression and anxiety and, most importantly, build a feeling of vitality.


Without enough sleep, you end up tired, crabby, and definitely not romantic.  Worry, busyness, sleep apnea, or just plain not allowing enough time for sleep can all have a negative effect on your love life.  Schedule time to sleep every night and resist the urge to reduce your sleep to get things done.  And give me a call.  Acupuncture treats insomnia quite successfully.

Physical Issues

There is a long list of physical complaints that can reduce your sex drive.  Erectile dysfunction, low testosterone, menopause, pregnancy, and other sexual issues can reduce your libido, but many non-sexual illnesses and conditions affect it, as well.  Obesity, thyroid issues, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and neurological illnesses can all affect your sex drive—even a sore back can result in low libido.  Many of these can be treated successfully, both medically and with acupuncture.   Don’t assume that you need to live with low libido.

Acupuncture Boosts Your Libido

Of course, acupuncture can’t get you a date, and it can’t call a sitter for the kids, but acupuncture can help your love life in many ways.  Acupuncture directly addresses the causes of your low libido by:

  • Relieving addictions and reducing cravings.
  • Reducing the symptoms of stress and rebalancing your body.
  • Helping your children sleep.
  • Relieving anxiety and depression.
  • Relieving insomnia.
  • Addressing a long list of libido-killing physical complaints, from vaginal dryness, erectile dysfunction and low testosterone, to chronic pain, hypothyroidism, and others.

Most of all, acupuncture boosts your energy and builds a feeling of vitality.  Enjoy a romantic date with your sweetheart, while feeling great energy and excitement.  Call for an acupuncture appointment today!

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