Low libido can not only ruin a women's sex life but could also cause her to miss out on some key health benefits. Dr. Valerie Omicioli, a certified
What are some of the common causes of low libido in women?
The word libido refers not only to the desire for sex, but also sexual thoughts, fantasies, responsiveness and willingness to engage in sexual activity. When decreased libido causes personal distress, the term hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) is used. However, keep in mind that "normal" sexual desire and activity may be very different for different people, from multiple times a week to several times a month. There is no simple on-off switch for women's sexual desire. There are a multitude of internal and external factors that influence sexual feelings. Variables that influence libido include medical conditions, medications, relationship issues, depression, body image, hormone levels, personal and job
At what ages does low libido occur?
Decreased desire can occur at any age, but in younger women hormone levels are generally high and less likely to be a factor. Fear of
How do you treat low libido?
A "one size fits all" approach doesn't work. If medications for health conditions are contributing to low libido, there are often alternative choices. For
Lifestyle modifications including a
How much of a role can stress and other mental issues play in low libido?
Women today have many things competing for their time and energy. Approximately three-quarters of mothers work. Job, family, food shopping, meal preparation, managing the household, homework and after-school activities all compete for a parent's time. Even with a partner who shares some of the responsibilities, it can feel overwhelming. By the time there is a pause in her hectic day, sleep may become her body's first priority. Additional stress in the relationship between a woman and her sexual partner may push libido to the back burner. A good question to ask yourself is "how's your libido on vacation?" In a survey conducted by the Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder Registry published in 2010, about 60 percent of women cited stress or fatigue as contributing factors to low libido, more than 40 percent described dissatisfaction with their appearance, 20 to 25 percent described dissatisfaction with their partner's technique, and 20 percent described dissatisfaction with the relationship. In post-menopausal women, 67 percent reported menopausal symptoms as causing low desire.
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While there is no Viagra for women, many new medications to treat women's sexual problems are in development and being tested in clinical trials. Your gynecologist may be a good resource for more specific treatment for low libido.
Are there health benefits to having sex?
Good sex in a caring relationship is good for you. Sexual activity fosters intimacy and closeness. Having sex boosts antibodies that fight infection. Hormone levels including testosterone, DHEA, and