Lack (deficiency) of calcium is most often rooted in malnutrition or increased activity of the parathyroid glands.
With a lack of calcium due to irregular intake, malfunctions in the thought process occur, irritability increases, lack of sleep, and rapid onset of fatigue during physical exertion are noted. All these factors significantly reduce libido – the desire for sexual contact.
Calcium deficiency is also associated with frequent headaches, muscle pain, and a wide range of heart rhythm disturbances. Such arrhythmias often lead to sexual dysfunction not only in men but also in women. Optimal heart function is necessary to pump enough blood to the genitals to achieve sexual arousal. In addition, the pain puts a strong strain on the body and mind, which leads to a further decrease in sex drive.
The second most common cause of calcium imbalance is parathyroid dysfunction. There are four of them, they secrete the compound parathyroid hormone – a strong modulator of calcium metabolism in the body. When too much parathyroid hormone is released, the balance between calcium in the blood and bone tissue is disturbed – calcium compounds are released in the form of salts and leave the bones – they become thinner and break more easily. These salts enter the bloodstream, where they disrupt muscle and nervous activity – excitability drops sharply, muscles relax, and reactions slow down.
The first reason is easily treated – daily consumption of dairy products quickly restores calcium levels. Calcium supplements can also be taken, but they should not replace proper nutrition and should not be taken for more than 2-3 months without a doctor’s prescription. In addition, eating foods rich in vitamin D improves calcium absorption. Good examples are salmon, tuna, eggs, etc. With sufficient intake of calcium and vitamin D, it takes about 3 weeks to return to normal sexual functions and a healthy libido.
If there is no improvement, it is recommended to consult an endocrinologist – the increased activity of the parathyroid gland can be corrected surgically.