Low female libido – Common causes
Low female libido (sex drive) can cause real concern for women and maintaining a health relationship.
The causes of low female libido can be different for each woman and the manifestations and effects can be different also. Some women simply have no desire to have sex and do not experienced that feeling of being ‘turned on’. Other women have physical issues such as vaginal dryness and other have difficulty achieving orgasm. In this article we’ll explore some of the common causes of low female libido.
For many women the lack of libido may only be temporary, however, where a continued lack of desire or issues with sex continue, there can be real and concerning effects on self esteem and relationships. This is why it is important to identify and manage loss of desire in women and the causes of low female libido.
Low libido in women may be due to physical or psychological factors. We have included the most common items found in our research – but bear in mind, in some cases, some of these items here are somewhat controversial and not totally agreed upon in their link with low female libido. It appears that this is still an area of medicine (and psychology) that requires more research.
Physical causes of low female libido
Some physical causes of low female libido include:
- Drugs – either illicit drug abuse or prescription drugs (particularly tranquilisers and often associated with anti-depressants)
- Hormonal changes – such as after pregnancy, during or after menopause (this may be associated also with vaginal dryness which therefore reduces the enjoyment of sex and so may precipitate a loss of desire).
- Diseases – such as diabetes, hyperprolactinaemia
- Other hormonal abnormalities or deficiences – such as a locak of androgenic (male) hormones
Psychological causes of low female libido
- Depression and anxiety
- Past history of sexual abuse, sexual assault
- Sexuality identification issues
- Relationship issues
- Difficult living circumstances
What can you do to increase female desire?
The most important thing to do when you identify that you have a low libido and that this is causing a problem for you and/or your relationship is to identify the cause(s) that may apply. Finding a professional to discuss the issues with can be a very helpful thing to do – this may be your GP, a psychologist, family therapist or health professional who is accustomed to helping women with low libido. Identifying any physical causes that may be rectified is very important before immediately assuming the issue is a psychological one.
There are different approaches available to assist with low female libido and you can also explore each of these options – some of which are covered on this site in more detail. Importantly, involve your partner and let them know how you feel. Loss of desire in women is common and can be resolved.