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Loss of Sexual Desire
Alternative Therapy Suggestions

A psychological lack of sexual desire is typically considered either a Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder or a Sexual Aversion Disorder. A Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder can happen in both men and women and is demonstrated by the lack of or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity while a Sexual Aversion Disorder is a phobic aversion to sex.

Those that live without sexual desire may not feel a need for it, however, it is often a conflict for them if they choose to have a relationship with someone who wants sexual intimacy. This can lead to a painful source of emotional conflict and in some cases to the relationship ending.

Lisa Lawless
By Lisa S. Lawless, Ph.D.
Psychotherapist & Sexuality Expert

CEO & Founder of
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Acupuncture is also a wonderful way to treat not just physical issues but also mental and emotional blocks as well. In holistic health we understand that our physical, emotional and mental health are all interconnected and acupuncture treats every level. In Chinese medicine the liver, spleen and kidney energy systems are connected to the genitals and hormones. Thus treating those points can positively affect sex drive in addition to the menstrual cycle, fertility, conception, pregnancy and menopause.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is typically used in Western medicine as a solution to Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, however, there are health risks that can be associated with this including breast cancer, heart disease and strokes. Acupuncture on the other hand has actually shown it can balance hormone levels with no negative side effects.

See our article on Acupuncture: Treating Sexual Health Issues and Acupuncture: A Brief Introduction.


Consulting a nutritionist can be a life changing event. We often forget that even our sexual functioning can be quite dependent on our nutritional needs being met and can drastically affect our hormone production. Certain foods help to balance hormone levels such as sweet potatoes and seaweed and exploring those can be fun and easy. Seeking out a consultation with a reputable nutritionist to assist you in creating a healthy diet will not just improve your sexual functioning and drive but your health in general. See more here: Diet for Better Sex


Beyond traditional cognitive and behavioral therapy, there are some other alternative therapies such as EMDR therapy there have shown positive results for both Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorders and Sexual Aversion Disorders. A web site to find out more about that is as follows-

Holotropic Breathwork

If one is very analytical, introspective, etc. then a more intensive, visceral way to release feelings that may hold one back psychologically is Holotropic Breathwork. The national site for that is-

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy may also allow one to get more acquainted with their body in a way that is healthy. Many sexual issues are dealt with effectively from therapeutic massage for a few reasons... one it brings them back in touch with their body and often sparks an emotional release during the session. Thus, one should let the massage therapist know in advance about what issues they are currently trying to work through so that they can be prepared for the emotional release which typically results in crying. Believe it or not, massage therapists are trained to deal with this as it is something that happens quite frequently. It is truly amazing how much emotion we hold in our bodies.


In addition to providing pleasure, increased ease in stimulation and a way to de-stress, vibrators have also been shown to greatly assist those with sexual dysfunction in both men and women. Those with sexual dysfunction and disabilities have found that that vibrators are an essential part of their sex life and provide increased blood flow to the genitals. This in turn allows for the increase in sexual response and even orgasms. The old adage of if you don't use it you lose it is actually quite true when it comes to sexuality and using a vibrator can help you get the blood flowing again which in turn can greatly increase sexual response and desire.

A national study found that women who used vibrators had better sex life and overall sexual functioning. Vibrators have been shown to provide women with higher levels of arousal, easier to achieve orgasms, increased amounts of orgasms and overall increased sex drive, however, men also benefit.

Also See How to Choose a Vibrator and Vibrator Myths


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