What Causes Decreased Libido for Women?

Learn More About Low Sex Drive and the Steps You Can Take to Help

It is completely normal and natural for your sex drive to fluctuate throughout the years. Experiencing these highs and lows is common as new relationships form and end as well as when major life changes occur. However, if you are experiencing inconsistently low sex drive and it is interfering with your relationships or well-being, you might be curious about your options and what you can do to restore a healthy sex life. Furthermore, if you notice a sudden decrease in your libido, your libido has been lower than normal for an extended period of time, and your loss of libido is interfering with your self-esteem, these are also reasons to further explore the issue.

When you first begin to notice that your sex drive is low, you will probably feel like you have no interest in sexual activity or masturbation despite wishing that you could. For women, extended periods of decreased libido can be caused by both physical, hormonal, and psychological changes. Some of the most common physical causes of decreased libido in women are:

  • Sexual problems

If you are experiencing pain during sex or are having difficulty orgasming, your libido might decrease over time. For women, sexual pain can be caused by vaginismus, vaginal infections, cervical issues, uterine issues, endometriosis, ovarian issues, pelvic inflammatory diseases, ectopic pregnancy, menopause, intercourse too soon following surgery or childbirth, and vulvodynia.

  • Medical conditions

One of the most common medical conditions that can lead to decreased libido in women is menopause. When the ovaries no longer release an egg every month and menstruation stops, what happens is menopause. This time of a woman’s life occurs twelve months after her past period. It can happen in the 40s and 50s, but the average age for menopause in the United States is 51. Common symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, flushing, insomnia, vaginal dryness, weight gain, depression, memory problems, and reduced sex drive. Although menopause is a natural part of life that every woman goes through, some simple lifestyle steps can make the process easier. For example, women can eat foods rich in calcium and Vitamin D, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, eat foods that are rich in phytoestrogens like flax seeds and soybeans, and reduce refined sugar and processed foods.

  • Medications

Medications are widely useful in treating a variety of diseases and conditions, and we would never advise anyone to stop their medication without the supervision of their medical care provider. However, it is important to be aware of the side effects of any medication you take and to realize when certain medications can cause decreased libido. Some of the most common medications that individuals have found to lower their sex drive are antidepressants, antiepileptics, blood pressure medications, birth control pills, antipsychotics, cholesterol-lowering medications, antihistamines, antiseizure medications, and opioids. If you are concerned about the side effects of any medication, decreased libido or otherwise, it is always important to have an open discussion with your medical care provider.

  • Lifestyle habits

Sometimes, increasing your sex drive is as simple as making a lifestyle change. You might be partaking in a variety of habits that could be damaging your libido without even realizing it. For example, if you are binging on foods that fill your body with refined carbs, simple sugars, and saturated and trans fats, this can slow your blood flow, affect your sexual performance, and ultimately decrease your libido. Eating a diet that is high in salt can lead to high blood pressure, which damages the libido as well. Another lifestyle problem that can lead to decreased libido is long-term stress. An increase of stress hormones will cause your body to focus all its energies on that and impede your desire to have sex. Lastly, drinking an excess amount of alcohol can cause you to have a low sex drive over time. Even the smallest lifestyle changes can make a big difference in your libido and your overall quality of life.

If you are interested in treatments that improve your libido, the team at Novopelle Med Spa can help. Call the team at (888) 429-7055 or contact us online to learn more.