A low sex drive is a common condition for women since libido naturally changes in response to hormones—like fluctuations during menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause—everyday life events, relationship developments, and the like. However, a loss of libido can become a problem if it is indicative of another condition, if it lasts for more than a few months, or if it causes a woman severe distress.
There are a great many factors that can cause low libido. For instance, it can be related to a disease, like chronic pain, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and the like. Even some medications, like antidepressants, narcotic pain pills, and chemotherapy drugs, can lower a person’s libido. A woman may have a desire for sex initially, but may become too stressed out and experience dyspareunia. Lastly, emotional stressors like anxiety, past sexual trauma, a poor self-image, a failing relationship, or disgust with a sexual partner can all contribute to a low libido.
Symptoms for a low sex drive may be hard to spot at first since every woman has her own personal sexual preferences. For instance, if a woman has a strong relationship, but she and her partner don’t have sex often and she’s not distressed about it, then she may not actually have an abnormal libido.
If a woman has a low libido, she usually is distraught about her condition, not having any sexually-charged fantasies, and not engaging in any sexual activities—even masturbation—for a prolonged period of time.
Stress and anxiety are probably the greatest causes of low sex drive in women. The point is, you can have every single duck in a row, but if you’re stressed, and you do not have the mental space to allow for sexual exploration, chances are you will have a very low sex drive. This is because stress decreases the production of estrogen, an important sex hormone.
Inflammation is another enemy of a good sex drive as it impedes both hormonal as well as neurotransmitter functions. Without hormones like testosterone and estrogen working properly, and without chemicals like serotonin and dopamine connecting to the brain, it is quite difficult to have a healthy sex drive.
Another common cause of low sex drive and infertility is PCOS. Characterized by an irregular menstrual cycle, elevated testosterone levels, and ovarian cysts, this hormonal condition affects 15-20% of women. Alongside infertility and low libido, PCOS also causes acne, type II diabetes as well as difficulty with weight loss. Other causes of low sex drive in women include hormonal birth control, menopause, low estrogen and drug abuse.
Hormones like estrogen or testosterone may be taken in either cream or pill form to improve sexual desire and correct any vaginal dryness or pain. If a woman has a low sex drive due to psychological issues, such as a poor body image or sexual trauma, she may want to consider counseling and an antidepressant that doesn’t lower libido. A woman may see improvements if she adjusts her diet and focuses on an exercise regimen. The Mediterranean diet and exercises like yoga have been shown to improve libido.
There are practical things you can do on a daily basis to keep low libido at bay and spice up your sex life. Top of the list is stress management. Make a deliberate effort to keep stress out of your life as much as you can. Related to stress management is self-confidence. The way you feel about your body has a lot to do with your sex drive. Boost your-esteem and self-drive by shifting attention from your weaknesses to your strengths and attributes. Finally, try to focus on the pleasure of having sex.
Next, review your diet and exercise regime. Eat a nutrient rich, anti-inflammatory diet full of fruits, vegetables, lean meat, eggs and fermented foods. Adding cod liver oil into your diet will help ensure that all your organs are functioning well while keeping your inflammation levels as low as possible. Ensure that you take at least 755 grams of protein every day to help bolster your neurotransmitters. Finally, on diet, make every effort to cut down on your alcohol and hard drugs intake.