Low Sex Drive in Women

What is Low Sex Drive in Women?

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.

What are the Symptoms of Low Sex Drive in Women?

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.

How is Low Sex Drive in Women Treated?

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.

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Last Reviewed:
October 06, 2016
Last Updated:
August 09, 2017