Sexual Dysfunction

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Sexual Dysfunction

Women's sexual desires usually fluctuate over the years. Highs and lows usually coincide with the origin or end of a relationship or with major life transitions, such as pregnancy, menopause or illness. Any medications used for mood diseases also can create low sex drive in women.

If your loss of interest in sex continues or passes and effects personal distress, you may have a condition described as a hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD).

But you don't have to join this medical diagnosis to seek help. If you're bothered by a low sex drive or reduced sex drive, there are lifestyle changes and sexual ways that may put you in the mood more often. Some medicines may offer promise as well.


If you need to have sex less often than your partner does, not one of you is necessarily outside the standard for people at your stage in life — although your differences may make distress.

So, even if your sex drive is weaker than it already was, your connection may be more effective than ever. Bottom line: There is no mysterious number to define a low sex drive. It differs between women.

  • Should no interest in any type of sexual exercise, including masturbation
  • Never or only seldom should sexual fantasies or dreams
  • Being concerned by your lack of physical activity or fantasies


A desire for sex is based on a difficult interaction of many things concerning intimacy, including physical and emotional health, skills, beliefs, lifestyle, including your popular relationship. If you're feeling difficulty in any of these areas, it can change your desire for sex.

Physical Causes

A wide range of disorders, physical differences and medications can cause a low sex drive, including:

  • Sexual Problems. If you have discomfort during sex or can't orgasm, it can decrease your desire for sex.
  • Medical Diseases. Many nonsexual diseases can influence sex drive, including disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery illness, and neurological disorders.
  • Medications. Certain medicine drugs, individually antidepressants called particular serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are known to reduce the sex drive.
  • Lifestyle Habits. A glass of wine may place you in the state, but too much alcohol can assume your sex drive. The same is true of street pills. Also, smoking reduces blood flow, which may dull arousal.
  • Operation. Any operation related to your breasts or genital region can affect your whole image, sexual function, and desire for sex.
  • Fatigue. Exhaustion from worrying for young children or aging parents can contribute to low sex drive. Fatigue from disease or operation also can play a position in a low sex drive.

Hormone Changes

Menopause. Estrogen levels drop through the transition to menopause. This can present you less interested in sex and produce dry vaginal tissues, resulting in painful or difficult sex. Although many women yet have satisfying sex through menopause and behind, some experience a lagging libido through this hormonal change.

Pregnancy and Breast-Feeding. Hormone changes when pregnancy, just after having a baby and while breastfeeding can put a chill on sex drive. Fatigue, changes in body image, and the demands of pregnancy or caring for a new baby also can subscribe to changes in your sexual desire.

Psychological Causes

  • Mental health difficulties, such as stress or worry
  • Stress, such as economic stress or work stress
  • Bad body image
  • Weak self-esteem
  • History of natural or sexual abuse
  • Past negative sexual experiences
  • Relationship problems

For many women, emotional closeness is a necessary prelude to sexual closeness. So problems in your relationship can be a significant factor in low sex drive. Reduced interest in sex is often a result of ongoing issues, such as:

  • Loss of connection with your partner
  • Unsolved conflicts or fights
  • Poor expression of sexual needs and choices
  • Trust matters

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