No matter what you do, you just don’t seem to have any interest in sex. It’s an awful feeling, and you miss the old days when intimacy came naturally.
If this sounds familiar, you may be struggling with low libido. It’s something many women experience from time to time, but for some, it seems to last longer than it should.
What causes it? What’s the treatment for low libido in females? If this topic is close to your heart, keep reading to inf the key facts that every woman should know about low libido.
What Are the Symptoms?
Generally, low libido is when a woman has a lower interest in sex than in the past, or no interest at all. This could mean they are disinterested in initiating sex or masterbation, a general lack of interest in sex, or trouble with feeling pleasure or stimulation through sexual activities.
If you have experienced the symptoms above for several months and it is causing you stress, then you may have low libido. The best thing to do if you’re concerned about your libido is to talk to your doctor about symptoms, as they can provide expert guidance.
It’s also important to remember that some women don’t have an interest in sex, but they are fine with that. You don’t need to have an interest in sex to be ‘normal’, but if it’s something that is bothering you, there are plenty of things you can do about it.
Low Libido in Women Is Physical or Mental
You may be surprised to know that causes of sexual dysfunction in women can be both physical or mental. Unfortunately, women are often told that it’s ‘all in their head’ and that a change in attitude can help them have more of an interest in sex.
However, that’s not the case and can trivialize serious health issues that a woman may be going through. Here are some of the top causes of low libido, both mental and physical.
- Certain medications, such as antidepressants, can reduce your libido
- Physical conditions, such as vulvodynia, can make sex a painful experience
- Hormone imbalances
- Depression and anxiety
- Chronic pain
- Medical issues such as cancer, diabetes, and hypothyroidism
- Lifestyle choices, such as excessive drinking or smoking
With so many physical causes for your low libido, women should first speak to their doctor, who can rule out any serious health concerns before narrowing down the cause of the problem.
If your low libido may be caused by a medication or treatment you’re currently undergoing, never stop taking the medicine unless you get the ok from your doctor.
Causes for a lack of desire in women can also be both psychological or due to relationship factors.
Women who feel low self-esteem, poor body image, high stress levels, or a history of sexual abuse may struggle with both sex and intimacy. In these cases, therapy can often be a helpful tool to work through what is holding you back and learn more about how you can feel better about yourself.
Relationship factors are another big contributor when it comes to low libido. If you are working through issues of infidelity, trust issues, unresolved problems, or disagreements, this may hold you back from wanting to be intimate with your partner.
These cases can be tough to work through and may be improved through third-party mediation, such as a relationship counselor. However, if the problems are too great and you can’t see yourself ever wanting to be intimate with your partner again, it may be time to consider ending the relationship.
Talking about personal topics such as intimacy and mental health can be challenging, but it can help you move forward and improve your libido.
There’s good news for women who are struggling with low libido—there are plenty of treatment options that can help. Here are some of the most effective ways to treat low libido.
For some women, medical treatments are the best cure. One option is the EROS clitoral therapy device (EROS-CTD), an FDA-approved treatment to increase blood flow and arousal to the genital area.
Another FDA-approved medication, designed for premenopausal women, is called Flibanserin, or Addyi, and works to increase a woman’s interest in sexual activities.
Some women also benefit from estrogen patches or pills, if the cause is due to a hormonal imbalance. Vaginal lubricants or creams can also help if the low libido is due to pain or discomfort during sex.
In addition to the above, visiting a licensed therapist or counselor can also make a big difference to women who are suffering from low libido.
Along with seeking professional advice and support, many women find that making a few changes to their lifestyle can help with bringing their libido back.
Exercise and a healthy diet can help improve your mood and help you gain confidence in your body. Getting rid of bad habits, such as drinking, smoking, and unhealthy eating habits can also help.
If you feel that your low libido may stem from issues with your partner, try to improve communication in your relationship. Talking about your feelings, sex, and intimacy can make your relationship stronger and can help with problems in or out of the bedroom.
If you know what it’s like to have a low libido, you understand how frustrating it can be. However, after reading the above, you hopefully know more about the problem and have some ideas about how you can treat it.
Get help today by talking to your doctor or therapist and coming up with a plan together of what you can do to feel like yourself again. Although it may take some time, most women are able to bring their libido back and enjoy the fun and comfort that intimacy can bring.
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