By Dr. S K Verma, Sexology
A woman’s sexual desire tends to fluctuate over her lifetime. Factors such as pregnancy, illness or menopause may lead to highs and lows in her sexual desire. Certain medications such as anti-depressants and anti-seizure medications may cause a lack of libido in women..
The symptoms a woman typically exhibits if she has low libido are:
- Lack of sexual fantasies
- Lack of interest in sexual activities, including masturbation
- Lack of interest in the opposite sex
There are many causes that may lead to low libido in women:
- Medical Causes: Various disorders such as arthritis, cancer, hypertension and diabetes may lead to low libido.
- Lifestyle Habits: Various habits such as alcohol consumption and smoking can act as dampeners on your libido.
- Fatigue: Too much fatigue over a period of time can contribute to low libido.
- Menopause: During menopause, estrogen levels tend to drop, resulting in reduced desire for sex. The cause may be due to dryness in the vagina and pain during sex.
- Hormonal Changes During Pregnancy: Hormonal changes during pregnancy may mar your libido; apart from hormonal changes, fatigue may also set in, worsening the cause.
- Sexual Problems: Certain sexual problems such as an inability to orgasm, among others, can cause low libido in women.
- Psychological Problems: Various psychological problems such as low self-esteem, work related stress and depression can lead to complications in libido.
Note: Exercising regularly, abstaining from smoking and alcohol consumption and self-regulating your stress levels can go a long way in keeping this problem at bay.