It’s a common belief that men tend to have a higher sex drive than women. And while this does hold true in many relationships, it also presents a problem; the man wants to have sex and the woman doesn’t. Is there a solution to women having a low sex drive, also known as low libido? Yes, and it starts with visiting a doctor and assessing one’s life.
It’s imperative to note that both younger and older women can suffer from low libido. And it doesn’t matter the status of a woman — single, married, kids, no kids — she can still have little or no desire to have sex. Most of the time, having low libido means there is one or more influencing factors, however, some women simply suffer from the condition with nothing contributing to it.
Some women will discover that staying too busy with work is what causes their sexual desires to decrease. This is especially seen in younger women who juggle several jobs throughout their 20s. Working too much leads to the depletion of the adrenal glands, which control the hormones that influence the sex drive.
Another influencing factor that can directly affect a woman’s libido is having a mental illness. In 2010, it was said by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that one in five (20%) Americans had some type of mental illness. Many of these illnesses –thyroid disorders, substance abuse, depression — can cause a woman to have low mental and physical sexual desires.
Other impacting causes include:
- Certain forms of birth control
- Anti-depressants and other medications
- Relationship issues
- Low testosterone
- Peer pressure
No matter the influencing factor, for most women, a remedy to low libido is available; but it is imperative that the cause(s) be identified before treatment begins.
Sex therapy can be of the utmost value when trying to increase one’s sex drive. Such therapy can take place either on a one-on-one basis with a therapist, or as a couple. Being that low libido affects both parties, couple’s counseling is highly recommended.
For women who are taking birth control and experiencing low libido, it might be beneficial to switch to a nonhormonal birth control method — Lea Contraceptive, Contraceptive Sponge, Intrauterine Contraceptive Device, Diaphragm.
Some women endure a low sex drive because of physical medical conditions, such as painful fibroids. To have them removed, surgical treatment may be necessary.
According to WebMD, other efficacious solutions for women who have low libido include testosterone therapy and vaginal estrogens. And currently, testosterone pills and skin patches are being studied, with the hope that FDA approval will be given some time in the near future.
If you or someone you know suffers from low libido, there’s no need for this condition to complicate or interfere with your life. Help is available.