Nowadays, a number of women losing sexual desire is increasing. The loss of sexual yearning is a hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) which is a form of dysfunction among women of all ages. This finding however is related to declining hormones, job stress, relationship issues, and other problems experienced by women.
No matter how frequent a couple has a sexual intercourse, it still has nothing to do with sexual craving or satisfaction. However, when a woman experiences a serious decrease in interest in sex, then it’s considered a problem. That sexual drive declines naturally with age based on physiological factors. But sexual desire also encompasses interpersonal and psychological factors that create a willingness to be sensual or sexual.
According to studies, the following are the common causes for a loss of sexual desire and drive in women:
1. Interpersonal relationship issues. This refers to the problems on partner performance, lack of emotional satisfaction with the relationship, the birth of a child, and becoming a caregiver for a loved one can decrease sexual desire.
2. Socio-cultural influences. This refers to job stress, peer pressure, and media images of sexuality which can negatively influence sexual desire.
3. Low testosterone. Testosterone affects sexual drive in both men and women. Testosterone levels peak in women’s mid-20s and then steadily decline until menopause, when they drop dramatically.
4. Medical problems: This refers to mental illnesses such as depression, or medical conditions, such as endometriosis, fibroids, and thyroid disorder which is also found out to affect a woman’s sexual drive both mentally and physically.
5. Medications: Certain drugs for blood pressure and oral contraceptives can lower sexual drive in many ways, such as decreasing available testosterone levels or affecting blood flow.
6. Age. Blood levels of androgens fall continuously in women as they age.
Since the loss of sexual desire in women is caused by a combination of physical and psychological factors, it usually requires more than one treatment approach to cure the problem.
Many of these women have no problems with having orgasms. Rather, they have no real desire to have sex and their minds are not turned on by the prospect of love-making which is really true especially when the mind is somewhere else when doing this act.
However this lack of libido is only temporary for many females since a woman’s desire for sex is based on a complex interaction of many components affecting intimacy, including physical well-being, emotional well-being, experiences, beliefs, lifestyle and current relationship.
Moreover, a wide range of illnesses, physical changes and medications can cause a low sex drive such as:
1. Sexual problems. When a woman experiences pain during sex or an inability to orgasm, it can hamper the desire for sex.
2. Medical diseases. A number of nonsexual diseases can also affect desire for sex, such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and neurological diseases.
3. Medications. Many prescription medications – including some antidepressants and anti-seizure medications – are notorious libido killers.
4. Lifestyle habits. A glass of wine may make us feel amorous, but too much alcohol can spoil our sex drive; the same is true of street drugs. And smoking decreases blood flow, which may dampen arousal.
5. Surgery. Any surgery, especially one related to our breasts or our genital tract, can affect your body image, sexual function and desire for sex.
6. Fatigue. Exhaustion from caring for young children or aging parents can contribute to low sex drive. Fatigue from illness or surgery also can play a role in a low sex drive.
For many women, emotional closeness is an essential prelude to sexual intimacy. So problems in our relationship can be a major factor in low sex drive. Decreased interest in sex is often a result of ongoing issues, such as lack of connection with our partner, unresolved conflicts or fights, poor communication of sexual needs and preferences and infidelity or breach of trust.
Loss of desire can often be corrected, but we need to look carefully at the causes of the problem. A high proportion of women do eventually achieve a return to normal libido.