Despite what television and many online articles would have us believe, the vast majority of women aren’t constantly in the mood. However, many women today do struggle with a below-average libido, or sex drive.
It’s been estimated that roughly 33 percent of women specifically complain about low sex drive, self-esteem, and feelings of well-being. Understanding the possible causes is the first step in getting treatment.
4 Reasons Your Sex Drive is Low
If you are experiencing any of these systems, here are few potential reasons your libido may be low.
1. Health Problems
There are numerous health problems that affect the body’s hormonal and other systems, which can, in turn, have a negative impact on your sex drive. Some of these include polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), hypothyroidism, endometriosis, liver disorders, and even digestive disorders. If you have or suspect that you have any of these conditions, it’s important to speak to your doctor and find out how getting the problem under control can help your libido and mood.
A variety of medications can interfere with sexual desire, especially antidepressants, antihistamines, corticosteroids, anti-anxiety drugs, and some diabetes medications. However, these are important medications often needed for maintaining health. Talk with your physician about trying different versions of your medications, some of which may have a smaller impact on your libido.
Stress is one of the most commonly reported causes of a low sex drive. While having sex can actually reduce stress, people who are feeling stressed are generally not interested in the activity or may have difficulty maintaining arousal or achieving orgasm. Working with someone who can counsel you on stress management techniques and maintaining a healthy work-life balance may help you get your stress under control enough to regain your interest.
4. Chronic Pain
There’s the old stereotype of women avoiding sex by saying they have a headache, but research has discovered there is truth behind this statement. In one study, it was shown that even mild pain can completely shut off a woman’s desire for sex. For women who struggle with chronic pain, it’s easy to see how this can become a long-term issue. Addressing chronic pain can not only improve your everyday life but can also help restore your libido.
Contact OB-GYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch to Learn More About Sexual Health
If you’re struggling with low sex drive, it’s important to know you’re not alone and help is available. Please contact us today at OBGYN Women’s Centre of Lakewood Ranch to learn how we can help.