Having a low libido isn’t something that most women want to talk about. It is not easy to admit to ourselves or our partners that we are losing our sex drive. One recent study shows that as much as one third of women between 18-59 are concerned about their loss of sexual desire. Other studies show even a higher proportion of women feel an unwelcome loss of interest in sex. If you feel this way also, you are not alone.
Understanding the causes of low libido is the first step in improving your well-being. Factors that regulate our sex drive are complex, and it’s is not always all ‘in your head’. Identifying the causes of a low libido is the first step in changing how you feel for the better.
When is Low Sexual Desire a Problem?
It is natural for a woman’s interest in sex to rise and fall through life’s stages
There is no normal frequency of sexual intercourse or sexual activity in a partnership. If you and your partner enjoy being sexual less than you did before, but it’s working for you, there is no problem.
A problem with low sexual desire is more than just a low libido. A healthy body sends signals that it wants to be sexual. Whether and how you respond is up to you. Sexual desire helps build intimacy in relationships and enables a spontaneous interest in sex. When a woman notices a loss of interest in sex that is serious enough to interfere with intimacy and cause distress, then it may be time to do something about the problem.
Complex Causes of Lower Sex Drive
Both mental factors and physical ones can contribute to a lower libido. Mental factors include a willingness to be sexual and enjoy intimacy prompted by a healthy sex drive. Physical factors include changes in hormone balance as we age.
A woman’s sex drive and interest in sex has complex of factors. Among many causes that decrease sexual desire in women, these are some of the main ones:
- Unresolved relationship issues. Emotions and family dynamics in a relationship have a big impact on a woman’s interest and ability to be sexual with her partner. If intimacy is missing, or there are intrusions like a new baby, or the need to care for a relative, a woman may experience a much lower sex drive.
- Low testosterone: Though it’s thought of as a male hormone, testosterone is produced in a woman’s body as well. It has a role in regulating sex drive in women, and levels diminish with age, most notably with menopause.
- Medical conditions: Any medical illness or concern is likely to dampen sex drive for women. Medical problems impede sexual desire mentally and physically, whether you are facing an illness such as depression or a condition like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue or thyroid imbalance.
- Side effects of medication: Some prescriptions that help control blood pressure can also decrease sex drive. Contraceptives have also been found to lower a woman’s sex drive by changing the natural balance of hormones.
- Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes during transition to menopause are linked to a lower sex drive.Blood levels of hormones fall continuously in women as they age, but most dramatically with menopause.
Can Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Help?
It is important to identify all the factors that are likely to be part of the problem to develop an effective treatment plan. For women nearing menopause, hormone imbalance may be one of those factors. Potential treatments may include bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Bioidentical hormones, chemically the same as those naturally produced by the body, can provide relief with low risk of unwanted side effects. Benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy include:
- Restored Hormone Balance: When the hormones in your body become unbalanced, you can experience a range of physical and mental problems — such as sleeplessness, fatigue, urinary problems, irregular heartbeat, mood disorders, bloating, hot flashes, and anxiety. These problems can lead to a lower libido as well as to depression. Once the hormones are rebalanced, many women feel better emotionally, mentally and physically.
- Improved Self-Esteem: Hormone rebalancing combined with a healthy diet and exercise can allow you to maintain a healthy weight, increase lean muscle and reduce signs of aging. Often these changes work together, allowing you to feel more confident about yourself and your body. You may enjoy a much improved libido and interest in sex.
There is no magic pill that will restore a woman’s interest in sex, or make it something different than before.
Research to develop ways to treat sexual problems for women is ongoing. This is good news, as the attention to women’s sexual problems lags behind the attention paid to men’s concerns.
Treatments to rebalance hormones and improve female sexual problems are currently being studied to gain FDA approval. It is important to know that if your sex drive is missing, your sex life does not have to be over. If you are concerned about low libido, find out how Dr Keller can help you see whether hormone imbalance may be a major cause. Dr. Keller is committed to helping you restore and enjoy optimum health.
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