Low sex drive is common, and it happens to women at different stages of life. There are a variety of causes when it comes to low sex drive because, mostly, low sex drive is a symptom of something else. Its causes can be hormonal, psychological, medical or related to medications that treat a variety of other disorders including diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.
Common Symptoms of Low Sex Drive
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms or a combination of them, you are exhibiting signs of low sex drive.
The commonly recognized symptoms of low sex drive include:
- Being completely uninterested in sexual activity with a partner or alone
- Rarely, if ever, having sexual thoughts, fantasies or inclinations
- Feeling worried or concerned by your lack of sexual activity or fantasies
Feelings of low sex drive like these can be attributed to several causes. The most common causes of low sex drive include:
- Neurological diseases
- Heart disease
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Pain During Sex
- Chronic stress
- Chronic pain
Taking certain medications
- SSRIs and other antidepressants
- During breastfeeding
- During pregnancy
- At certain points of your cycle
- Lowered testosterone
After surgical procedures
If you’ve recently undergone surgery, especially any type of pelvic surgery, you may experience side effects, both physical and psychological that lower your sex drive.
Common Risk Factors for Low Sex Drive
If you’re having psychological or gynecological problems, these often have the power to lower your sex drive. Any type of illness that lowers your energy levels or affects the balance of your hormones also ups your risk for low sex drive. Additionally, suffering any of the aforementioned medical conditions like diabetes, PCOS or heart disease can also lower your sex drive.
Steps to Reduce Your Risk for Low Sex Drive
It may be possible to reduce the risk of developing low sex drive or prevent it from happening altogether, depending on the cause. These actions may help:
- Eating a healthy, balanced diet
- Getting more exercise
- Seeing a doctor or therapist
- Improving your overall gynecological health
- Taking certain physician-prescribed medications
How Advanced Gynecology Can Help: Treatment Options for Low Sex Drive
If you are suffering from low sex drive, Advanced Gynecology is here for you. Our board-certified team of women’s health experts are ready to help you with diagnostic care and a range of treatment options. We will counsel you about the best options for you and your health. Your doctor may recommend some interventional conservative treatments such as prescription medication or hormone therapy depending on the cause of your lowered sex drive.
For more information, schedule an appointment today or call us to speak with one of our patient coordinators.