Why Do Women Lose their Sexual Desire?

October 9, 2016

Why Do Women Lose their Sexual Desire?

Is it the natural cycle of things, or is it you? Many men today may be wondering why their female partners are suddenly no longer interested in hitting the sack. If you are one of them, read on: these could be the reasons your partner is turning her back on you once the topic shifts to sex.

If the loss of libido (sex drive) is a common issue affecting up to one in five men, it could be striking more among women. It’s often tied to personal and professional stress, as well as life-changing events and situations including pregnancy and breastfeeding. But there’s also unexpected loss of sexual desire, especially one that lasts a long time or keeps recurring and causing a strain in relationships.

Here are some of the most common reasons why women lose their libido:

  • Relationship problems – Yes, it could be you and the relationship you share: there could be doubts, worries or jealousy getting in the way of lovemaking. Work it out as soon as you can, or seek help and social support from friends, relationship support charities and online communities, and even psychosexual counseling. There are also benefits to rekindling the fire and going on romantic dates and vacations and learning more about each other.

  • Aging and menopause – Many people lost interest in sex as they get older, primarily due to falling levels of sex hormones, age-related health issues, and the side effects of prescription drugs. As women approach menopause, levels of their estrogen start to dip, affecting sexual desire. They can also suffer from low testosterone, particularly post-hysterectomy. In this case, a doctor may explore hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as a treatment option.

  • Stress and fatigue – It could be as simple as women being consumed by stress, anxiety and exhaustion from their everyday responsibilities. Some lifestyle adjustments may be necessary if she often feels anxious, panicky, or find it difficult to eat stress and fatigue.

  • Hormone problems – Low libido may be caused by an underactive thyroid, where the thyroid gland – located in your neck – does not produce enough hormones. Common signs include tiredness, weight gain, and depression. This can be easily tackled through hormone treatment in the form of tablets.

  • Prescription medications – Certain prescribed drugs can reduce libido, such as hypertension meds like diuretics, antidepressants, and medications for psychosis and related mental conditions.

  • Contraception – There are reports of women suffering decreased libido during hormonal contraception, including the use of combined pill, vaginal ring, and patch; contraceptive implant; and hormone injection. Your doctor, again, may explore an alternative method if this is the culprit.

  • Drug and alcohol use – Social drinking is fine, but excess alcohol consumption could impair not just certain brain and bodily functions but also the mechanisms that fuel sex drive. Use of illegal substances like marijuana and heroin could also take its toll on her libido.

Like you, your partner may find the sexual enhancement support she needs through herbal supplementation and dietary/lifestyle interventions. It’s about choosing tried-and-tested solutions that will provide better sex drive and satisfaction in bed without compromising safety and overall well-being.