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What Causes Low Sex Drive in Women: How to Deal With It?

Let’s take a look at some of the common symptoms of Low Sex Drive in females and how you can deal with your low sex drive.


When the moon overshadows the darkness, it’s the time when two souls unite. A perfect romantic room with dim lighting is, perhaps, something that would turn you on. Entrancingly, the person whom you’re in bed with intensifies your whole sexual experience, right? But at the same time, how disheartening would it be if your partner starts to display less libido? Needless to say, at some point, every relationship may go through a dry spell and there’s nothing to worry about.

Having said that the sex drive fluctuates and decreases with age for women, it can be due to major life changes like pregnancy, menopause or some other illness etc. In fact, it is also true that some medications used for mood disorders can show a low sex drive in women. Extreme stress, exhaustion at work and other life environments adversely affect your mental health. And, it goes without saying the interest – the partners have in each other – marks a line between a new beginning and end of any relationship.

Experts say, sex drive is the biological component of desire, which is reflected as spontaneous sexual thoughts, erotic fantasies and daydreams. The low sexual drive or Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) is one of the most common forms of sexual dysfunction among women of all ages as nearly one-third of women aged 18 to 59 suffer from HSDD. Besides, contrary to a popular belief, the frequency of sexual intercourse has nothing to do with sexual desire or satisfaction. Unfortunately, a significant decrease in sexual desire cause distress in partners as it detrimentally impacts both relationship and personal life. Now, let’s take a look at some of the common symptoms of Low Sex Drive in females here!

Symptoms of Low Sex Desire in Women

A major point to be noted, here, is that sex drive varies from person to person. If your partner’s sex drive is weaker than once it was, these could be the possible reasons:

  • No sexual interest in intercourse or any sort of sexual activity including masturbation
  • Hardly having erotic fantasies or thoughts
  • Stress due to excessive work pressure
  • Psychological causes such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem

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Reasons for Low Sex Drive in Women

Surely, your attitude, conduct, beliefs, lifestyle, nature of the relationship, intimacy level etc. will have an impact on your woman’s sexual drive. If your relationship is taking a toll in your life, have a look at these causes, which apparently, you might’ve overlooked.

Physical Cause

There are various aspects that cause a low sex drive in females:

  • Sexual Problems: If it pains while having intercourse or you can’t orgasm, it can lessen her sexual interest in you.
  • Medical Diseases: Arthritis, diabetes, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, cancer and neurological diseases etc. can have an impact on your sex drive as well.
  • Medication: At times, antidepressants or medicines used to handle mood swings too result in less libido; selective ‘serotonin reuptake inhibitors’ are known to lower desire for sexual activities.
  • Lifestyle Habits: Few pegs may take out the beast in you but consumption of too much alcohol, smoking and street drugs affect not only your vigour but also stimulation as well.  When the blood flow decreases, it dulls arousal.
  • Surgery: If your partner has gone through any surgery related to breasts or genital tract, perhaps, this could be another reason as post-surgery, it can have many repercussions on the body image, sexual drive and sexual function.

Hormone Changes

During Menopause and pregnancy, female sex drive is entirely at the mercy of her hormone level.  Dry vaginal tissues at the time of menopause can end up in an uncomfortable or painful sexual experience. However, many women still have satisfying intercourse during this period and beyond, though it also contributes to low sexual drive.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding are other indispensable stages in a woman’s life where she has to go through a lot of hormonal changes.  Fatigue, changes in her body structure and image, the pressure she has while taking care of an infant and everything influence her sexual life.

Psychological Factors

No doubt, your mental health is as important as your physical health. Your presence of mind not only enriches your sexual experience but also elevates confidence and pleasure in both of you. However, there can be various possible psychological causes that lower your sex drive such as anxiety or depression, the pressure at work, financial issues, low self-esteem, having a past of physical or sexual abuse, disturbing sexual experience in the past etc.

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Relationship Issues

It is quite evident that the bond you share with your partner decides the strength of your relationship. Emotional attachment is something that every woman seeks in a relationship and if your partner isn’t getting emotionally attached the way you want him to be, it will mess up both relationship and your sex life. Other factors that affect your libido are as follows:

  • Lack of emotional understanding
  • Poor communication regarding sexual preferences
  • Trust issues
  • Unresolved fights or conflicts

How to Deal with Low Sex Drive?

The solution can be as simple as it could get; maybe by changing the medication that you’re currently taking and improving any chronic medical conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Apart from that, the introduction of anti-impotence treatments has encouraged more research into the causes of sexual dysfunction. So, promisingly, effective therapies are available to put lust back into women’s lives.

Indisputably, desire for sex hinges upon diverse facets like effective communication, emotional understanding, intimacy and the yearning you’ve for your significant other. It is the love and compassion you share with each other that help you move mountains and make the relationship more delightful and magnificent.

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Written by Taylor Adams

Taylor is a sexual health blogger and relationship educator. She helps individuals understand the theory of lovemaking and helps improve the intimacy between couples. At Foxamour, she provides readers with tips to nurture their relationships and strengthens their chemistry with their partners.

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