It is perfectly normal for a woman’s sexual desire to change over time. These changes often coincide with life events such as childbirth, menopause, a medical illness, or relationship changes. When a lack of interest in sex becomes the norm rather than the exception it may be time to seek medical guidance. Low sex drive (low libido) in women is generally treatable once the root causes are identified.
At The Center for Women’s Sexual Health & Medicine, we specialize in diagnosing finding effective solutions for female sexual dysfunction, including low sex drive. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.
What is low libido in women?
Every woman’s sex drive or libido is different. You could be perfectly content having sex every day, twice a week, or once a month. However, if you notice that your desire for sex is disappearing or non-existent, you may be experiencing low libido. Research indicates that this is very common and can happen at any age. Nearly 35 percent of women say their sex drive has diminished to the point of serious concern.
What causes the loss of sex drive in women?
There are many potential causes of low libido in women. Stress stemming from work and family can lower libido, as well as underlying medical conditions, gynecologic conditions, prescription medications, and lifestyle habits. When estrogen and testosterone levels decrease during menopause, so does your interest in sex.
The primary physiological and psychological causes of low libido include:
- Hormone changes
- High-stress levels
- Extreme fatigue
- Anxiety or depression
- Arousal problems
- Side effects of prescription drugs
- Poor body image
- Thyroid disorders
- Low self-esteem
- Alcohol abuse
- Conditions like vaginal atrophy that make intercourse painful
- Chronic health conditions
- Relationship issues
How is female low sex drive diagnosed?
A decrease in sexual desire that negatively impacts one’s quality of life and is associated with distress is generally diagnosed as low libido. For many women, these periods last six months or longer and put undue stress on relationships with partners or spouses. In diagnosing this condition we look at underlying medical factors, gynecologic conditions, hormone imbalances, psycho-emotional factors, and relationship issues. A medical history, sexual history, gynecologic exam and blood work are usually required to identify the causes.
Signs of low libido in females
The following are common symptoms of low libido in women:
- No interest in initiating sexual contact
- Decrease in desire
- Lack of sexual thoughts or fantasies
- No interest in self stimulation (masturbation)
- No physical response to visual or tactile sexual stimulation
- Tendency to avoid situations that could lead to sex
Is there a treatment for low sex drive in females?
Low libido in women treatment is purely individual and addresses the physical and emotional aspects of the condition. Therapies to improve sex drive are tailored to each patient and may encompass:
- Hormone therapy
- Testosterone therapy
- Libido-boosting drug therapy with Vyleesi or Addyi
- Sex Therapy
- Mindfulness based therapies
- Treatment of underlying medical or gynecologic conditions
- MonaLisa vaginal laser therapy
Seek treatment from a low libido specialist in Miami
Concerned about your vanishing sex drive? A low libido specialist at The Center for Women’s Sexual Health & Medicine can get to the source of your problem and guide you toward an effective treatment plan to revive the passion in your life.
Our gynecology-based medical professionals are committed to addressing your sexual health care needs in a respectful and empathetic environment.