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Lost libido...HELP!!!

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  • Posted By: alyssa.chica
  • October 25, 2006
  • 02:27 AM

Hi. Since giving birth a year and a hald ago I have completely lost my libido...I stopped breast feeding 10 months ago. I have been to the doctors and they have told me that it can take time-up to 5 years!! I cant wait that long...it is really strange..I wish I had the urge, but I have absolutely nothing...I can orgasm when I force myself to have sex, but it is just now enjoyable. I have tried homeopathis remedies to no avail...has anyone else had this problem? Does anyone know of any treatments to fix this? Guys with this problem get to pop a little blue pill to cure their problem...what do we get?!

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  • Lowered sex drive can actually be a symptom of hypothyroidism. Many women can become hypothyroid after giving birth if they weren't already. If you haven’t done so already, I strongly recommend a visit to a good endocrinologist. You’ll want to rule out any hormone problems with definiteness. Even if your doctor tells you your thyroid levels are fine, he/she may be looking at TSH only. Get copies of the lab results and get details; then do research. I was told my thyroid levels were normal. A lot of women who have thyroid disease are not diagnosed or have to go to a handful of doctors before receiving a correct diagnosis. I saw 3-4 doctors before I was given the detailed thyroid tests I needed and saw a doctor who knew better about the old idea of TSH of 5 is perfectly normal. (In fact, they were telling me I was depressed when I knew otherwise and told them so!) I’ve found Mary Shomon, a patient advocate, to be a wonderful resource for thyroid information. Her website is http://www.thyroid-info.com/ . You can also find articles on About.com written by her, as she is the Thyroid Guide writer. Both sites have a wealth of information. Now if you do find out that you do in fact have a thyroid disease, you will want to read her books. If hypothyroid, I suggest reading Living Well with Hypothyroidism: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You That You Need to Know. She also has a new book coming out next month entitled The Thyroid Hormone Breakthrough: Overcoming Sexual and Hormonal Problems at Every Age. Additionally, you may want to take a look at the articles below: http://thyroid.about.com/od/hormonepregnantmenopause1/a/postpartum.htm http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/h/hypothyroidism/symptoms.htm - symptom_list http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/h/hyperthyroidism/symptoms.htm - symptom_list Alternatively, the symptoms of hypothyroidism are as follows: severe fatigue, loss of energyweight gain, difficulty losing weightdepression and depressed moodjoint and muscle pain, headachesdry skin, brittle nailsbrittle hair, itchy scalp, hair lossirregular periods, PMS symptomsbreast milk formationcalcium metabolism difficultiesdifficulty tolerating cold and lower body temperatureconstipationsleeping more than averagediminished sex drivepuffiness in face and extremitieshoarsenessbruising/clotting problemselevated levels of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) and heightened risk of heart diseaseallergies that suddenly appear or get worsepersistent cold sores, boils, or breakoutstingling sensation in wrists and hands that mimics carpal tunnel syndromememory loss, fuzzy thinking, difficulty following conversation or train of thoughtslowness or slurring of speech Hyperthyroidism symptoms: Heart palpitations; accelerated heart rateChest painA feeling of being too warm all the timeNervousness and tremblingInsomnia despite feeling exhaustedBreathlessnessDiarrhea and GI upsetIncreased appetiteLight or absent menstrual periods; infertilityWeight lossMuscle deteriorationWarm, moist skinHair lossBulging eyes, “spacey” gazeHeightened anxiety, irritability, moodiness or depression Different sources vary the symptoms lists. Keep in mind that, as with many medical disorders, you may only have a few of the symptoms. And just because you don’t have a hallmark symptom of a disorder doesn’t mean you don’t have it. (For example, one of the most common symptoms of hypothyroidism is weight gain, but I am one of the lucky ones that didn’t have this symptom.) Also, I have finally learned that many times basic/general tests won’t reveal certain problems (e.g.: thyroid disease, pre-diabetes). You may have to insist on more detailed, targeted tests – even if you have an excellent doctor. I know this is a lot of information, but when you’re searching for a diagnosis, information is what you need so you can rule out or dig deeper. This is really only a tip of the iceberg of information. Hope it helps.
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    • October 25, 2006
    • 07:09 PM
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