Low Sex Drive smLosing the desire for sex can be difficult for you and your partner because intimacy is an important part of a healthy relationship. The causes can be physical or emotional and proper diagnosis is key to finding the right treatment.

A loss of sex drive isn’t inevitable as we age and no one else should say what’s normal for you. The medical condition known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder has symptoms such as little or no interest in sexual activity, having few or no sexual thoughts or fantasies and having trouble experiencing pleasure during sex.

Your physical and emotional well-being, beliefs and lifestyle can affect your desire for sex. Physical causes can include conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure or the side effects of medications like antidepressants that can lower your sex drive. Fatigue from illness or caring for children or older parents can also play a role in low sex drive.

Changes in hormone levels in the transition to menopause or during pregnancy or breastfeeding can affect your desire for sex. Anxiety, depression, stress, poor body image or a history of sexual abuse can also affect your sexual desire.

Treatment for physical conditions or hormone therapy may help to boost your sex drive, but when emotional issues are at the root of the problem your doctor could recommend counseling. This can teach you how to communicate better with your partner and identify techniques for a more pleasurable sexual experience.

Steps you can take to improve your libido include getting more exercise, avoiding tobacco and alcohol, practicing meditation or other mindfulness techniques and experimenting with different sexual positions, role-playing or the use of sex toys.

Women's sexual desires naturally fluctuate with the beginning or end of a relationship or with major life changes, such as pregnancy, menopause or illness. Talk to your doctor if you feel that low sex drive has impacted your quality of life.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
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23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
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