There are many reasons that women may have low sex drive or libido. Underlying health issues, difficult emotional circumstances, psychological problems, hormonal imbalance, or daily stress can all lead to a lowered libido. Thankfully, once the underlying cause is identified, there are many ways to treat low libido. If you suffer from low sex drive, don’t despair. Once you have identified the underlying cause of your low libido, you can get on the road to recovery right away.
Many couples have an unequal sex drive and, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), it is most often the woman in the relationship with lower libido. Unequal sex drive can cause significant stress in a relationship and make both people uncomfortable. If left unresolved, the pressure from unequal libido can even lead to the end of the relationship. However, if this is the situation for you, know that you’re not alone, and there are many options that can help to resolve the issue and make your relationship strong again.
The medical term for low libido is a hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). However, research has found that overall, women naturally have a lower sex drive than men, so a diminished sex drive is not necessarily a disorder.
According to diagnostics used by mental health professionals, to be diagnosed with HSDD, a woman’s lack of libido would have to cause her significant distress or severely lowered self-esteem. Other symptoms may include disinterest in initiating sex, non-existent sexual thoughts, and lack of interest in sexual activity. If these symptoms persist for 6 months or more, a woman may be diagnosed with HSDD.
There are no specific tests for HSDD, so if you think you might have it talk to a doctor or mental health professional. The professional will want to understand what your symptoms are and how they’re impacting your life.
In some cases, an underlying medical cause may be the reason for lowered libido. These causes may include:
- Injury to blood vessels or nerves after surgery or chronic health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, or anemia.
- Diminished sex drive could also be related to a hormonal situation, including pregnancy, menopause, or breastfeeding.
- Additionally, some medications can cause a diminished sex drive. These medications include some antidepressants and blood pressure medications.
- Certain psychological conditions can also cause diminished sex drive. These conditions include many anxiety disorders, as well as clinical depression.
- Personal factors, such as daily stress, can also cause a lowered sex drive. Stress from work or raising children can cause exhaustion, which may make sleep rather than sex a priority come evening.
- Changes in a woman’s body due to lack of physical activity, change in diet, or having a baby may also cause her to have less desire for sex.
- Relational issues are another big reason that women may experience lowered sex drive. Power imbalances in the relationship, longstanding disagreements or resentment, and infidelity can all have a negative impact on libido, as the emotional connection is an essential part of sexual relationships.
Once you have identified the underlying cause of your low libido, many treatment options are available to help you on the path to recovery. A professional may recommend either pharmacological or non-pharmacological solutions for you. You may even be able to find some of these non-pharmacological solutions for yourself.
If you find that the issues with your libido stem from relational or personal stress, you may want to try some mental health solutions. Your doctor may suggest working with your partner to devise a plan to overcome these stressors. It’s essential to have open communication with your partner about these issues. You may even want to try a virtual counseling service such as the Lifehelp App as you work through these things together.
If you find that your lowered libido stems from personal stressors and issues, there are several approaches you may want to take. Regular exercise and mindfulness practices such as yoga and meditation can help to reduce life stressors and increase lowered libido. You may also want to consider counseling or a virtual counseling service such as the Lifehelp App. Changes in diet to include less sugar, less tobacco, and less alcohol can also help to increase libido.
If you find that the underlying cause of your lower libido is medical, it is very important to work with a medical professional to treat your situation and help you on the road to recovery. If your lowered sex drive is due to hormonal issues such as menopause, your doctor may recommend hormonal therapy through patches, pills, or rings.
If your lowered sex drive is due to an underlying health issue, the proper treatment of this issue should, in turn, help to revitalize your sex drive.
Additionally, if your lowered drive is due to a medication you’re taking, you can talk to your doctor about possibly changing that medication to see if that helps revive your sex drive.
If you suffer from low sex drive, know that you are not alone. Many other women have experienced this, and there is hope for recovery.