Low Libido in Women
Is sex with your partner becoming a chore? Or are you as a woman having problems with getting in the mood? This could be termed as low libido. Unfortunately many women shy away from this issue either because they are in denial or because of the society we find ourselves, where women are not supposed to be as concerned about sex as men.
Fortunately, for many females this lack of libido is only temporary. Some will get over it by themselves, a few seek expert medical or psycho-sexual advice and others do not bother to get back into the world of rampaging sexual desire and are quite happy to lead lives which are untroubled by lust.
What are the causes of lack of libido in women?
As is the case with men, lack of desire in women can be of either physical or psychological origin.
- Anaemia which is very common in women because of iron loss during periods.
- Drug abuse
- Major diseases such as diabetes.
- Post-baby ‘coolness’, a term coined for the loss of libido that often happens after childbirth. It is almost certainly linked to hormonal changes that occur at this time, though this has still not been proven. The general trauma of childbirth also plays a part – and after having a baby, many women are too exhausted to think about sex.
- Prescribed drugs, particularly tranquillisers.
- Hyperprolactinaemia – a rare disorder in which there is production of breast milk, when not breast feeding or pregnant.
- Other hormone abnormalities: British gynaecologist John Studd says that many women who have lost their libido lack androgenic (male) hormones. This view remains controversial.
These causes are very common. It’s understandable that when a woman is having a bad time emotionally, she may lose interest in sex.
Psychological causes include:
- Stress and overwork
- Hang-ups from childhood
- Past sexual abuse or rape
- Latent lesbianism
- Serious relationship problems with your partner
- Difficult living conditions, eg sharing a home with parents or parents-in-law.
What should a woman do about lack of libido?
Talk to your Doctor to lay your mind at rest, discuss the problem with you and do any necessary tests or see your Pharmacist.
There are various natural supplements that can help women by enhancing arousal, desire, drive and therefore lead to an enriched and satisfying sex life. These supplements include;
Maca (lepidium meyenii); arouse sexual desire
Horny goat weed: arouse sexual desire
Nokomis Erosyn: increases libido and interest in intimacy
has been shown to be effective in the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men, also used to treat low libido in women, and for sexual side effects caused by some antidepressants.
There are also books that can help you relax and get into the mood see below.