Q. I have been a widow for 10 years and am terribly annoyed by needs I cannot satisfy. Masturbation just increases my sexual desire.
I am too embarrassed to talk to my doctor about this. I know it sounds ridiculous but I am desperate for something to take away my sexual desires. Believe me, this is a problem I do not need.
A. Even though it is difficult, please find a physician with whom you can discuss this personal issue. Some doctors prescribe antidepressants like Prozac to reduce libido or sexual obsessions. Such drugs have side effects, however, and should not be taken casually.
Hormone replacement therapy containing progesterone sometimes dampens sexual desire. A natural approach that might also be worth considering is chaste tree berry extract. Also known as monk’s pepper, this herb has been used for centuries to lower libido. It contains compounds similar to progesterone. For more details you may wish to visit our Herb Library at http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2005/10/18/chaste-tree-berry/.