For a growing number of women, declining hormones, job stress, relationship issues, and other problems are taking their toll in the bedroom. Loss of sexual desire, known in medical terms as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). Is the most common form of sexual dysfunction among women of all ages.
A recent study showed that nearly one-third of women aged 18 to 59 suffer from a loss of interest in sex. And, despite how strange it may seem, it’s not all in their heads.
CAUSES OF LOW LIBIDO:
Women’s biggest sexual problem is caused by a combination of both mental and physical factors. Which aren’t likely to be cured by merely taking a pill.
Physical causes include; stress, sexual problems, medical diseases, lifestyle habits, fatigue and hormonal changes such as menopause and pregnancy.
SYMPTOMS OF LOW LIBIDO:
~Having no interest in any type of sexual activity, including masturbation.
~Never or only seldom having sexual fantasies or thoughts.
~Being concerned by your lack of sexual activity or fantasies.
Most women benefit from a treatment approach aimed at the many causes behind this condition. Recommendations may include sex education, counseling, and sometimes medication and hormone therapy. However as low libido is different for each person. Talking to a trained professional can help recommend a course of treatment for you.
SEX EDUCATION AND COUNSELING:
Talking with a sex therapist or counselor skilled in addressing sexual concerns can help with low sex drive. Therapy often includes education about sexual response and techniques.
Your therapist or counselor will likely provide recommendations for reading materials or couples’ exercises. Couples counseling that address relationship issues may also help increase feelings of intimacy and desire.
Your doctor will want to review the medications you’re already taking. This is so they can see if any of them tend to cause low sex drive as a side effects.
Dryness or shrinking of the vagina (vaginal atrophy) might make sex uncomfortable and, in turn, reduce your desire. Estrogen may help relieve vaginal atrophy symptoms. However, estrogen doesn’t improve sexual functioning related to hypoactive sexual desire disorder. Which is why a different approaches are often recommended.
Whilst low libido may seem like a scary and strange thing, its important to remember that it isn’t. Especially given the times we live in. Where we experience lots of stress, guilt and hormones in our food. Which is why speaking to someone is important. Especially if it is starting to make you feel inadequate in any way.