If your libido hasn’t been peak, new light therapy treatment may help.
A new study shows that “light therapy” may kick a low sex drive into high gear. Scientists discovered that regular, early-morning, use of a light-box led both to increased testosterone levels and greater reported levels of sexual satisfaction! This is the same light used to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder—you know, when we get sad in the winter.
In the study, scientists had 38 men with a lack of interest in sex. The men were diagnosed with either hypoactive sexual desire disorder or sexual arousal disorder. For 30 minutes each morning, half of the low-libido 38 bathed themselves in 10,000 lux of light from a light box. For reference, direct sunlight hovers around 100,000 lux while the light on a cloudy day is around 1,000 lux.
Two weeks later, the guys that completed the light therapy reported sexual satisfaction around three times higher. The light-box group’s testosterone levels increased from 2.1 ng/ml to 3.6ng/ml—a 71% increase!
“We found fairly significant differences between those who received the active light treatment, and the controls,” said Professor Andrea Fagiolini who conducted the study. “Before treatment, both groups averaged a sexual satisfaction score of around 2 out of 10, but after treatment the group exposed to the bright light was scoring sexual satisfaction scores of around 6.3. A more than 3-fold increase on the scale we used.”
If you want to give it a shot, the lamp below gives off 10,000 lux of light like in the study. We’re getting one for the office.
Before starting any new treatment, you should always talk to your doctor. If you have a low sex drive it may be because of low testosterone, thyroid problems, or kidney disease.