Causes of Low Female Libido
While libido fluctuates throughout a woman’s lifetime, roughly one-fifth of women experience a long-term low female libido. Low female libido is defined as a “persistent or reoccurring lack of sexual desire.” There are many causes of low female libido, all of which can be treated. Below are the most common causes of low libido:
Emotional Issues: Women desire sexual intercourse to be much more intimate than men. Therefore, a relationship problem can dramatically decrease a woman’s desire for sexual activity. Until these problems are addressed, sexual desire will remain low.
Women are also much more self-conscience and subject to emotional stress than men. Having low self-esteem or a poor body image can prevent a woman from thinking she is physically attractive enough to be with a partner. Stress from work or the home life also is more likely to affect a woman’s desire for sexual activity than men.
Finally, statistics show that women are more likely to be sexually or physically abused than men. This past history can cause flashbacks during sexual intercourse or during other sexual activities. If this is the cause of low libido, counseling should be sought to attempt to improve the situation.
Physical Issues: There are numerous physical problems which can cause a low female libido. If a woman experiences pain during sex, she is going to be much less likely to desire sex on a regular basis. Certain medical ailments can cause low libido such as cancer, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and certain neurological diseases.
Surgery is another common physical problem that causes low female libido. Any surgery near a woman’s genital area can affect body image, sexual function, and desire for sex.
Age & Hormone Changes: As a woman progresses through life, she experiences numerous hormonal changes. Menopause is a common cause of low female libido because estrogen levels drop dramatically. Testosterone levels also drop, which affects sex drive in both men and women.
Also, when a woman is pregnant or breast-feeding, hormone levels fluctuate dramatically. Some days a woman may have an incredibly high sex drive only to have it disappear for weeks. This is a regular occurrence and should not be a cause for concern. Breastfeeding causes the breasts to become very sensitive, which may decrease the desire for sexual activity.
Medications: Certain medications also cause low female libido as a side effect. Common antidepressants and anti-seizure medications are two widely known types of medications to cause low libido. Other medications like blood pressure or cholesterol medications also cause low female libido. In this case, a simple change in prescription can generally help return libido to normal levels.
The good news is that most of these causes of low libido can be treated. In most cases, a simple lifestyle change or emotional counseling can improve libido to help a woman return to a normal libido. In some cases like pregnancy or breast-feeding, the only thing that can be done is to wait it out and allow the woman’s hormone levels to normalize.