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Low Sexual Desire in Women

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Q: What is a Low Sexual Desire in Women?

Women sexual desire, fluctuate over years starting from pregnancy, menopause to any illness. Low sexual desire can be a chronic problem that can interfere with the quality of life. It is normal for a women to have low sexual drive at some times in life.

Q: How can I recognize low sexual desire?

  1. Lack of sexual thought or activity
  2. Strain on relationship with partner
  3. Distress due to lack of sexual desire
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Q: What are the causes of Low Sexual Desire?

  1. Physical causes:
    • Sexual issues like fear of sex, painful intercourse
    • Medical illness like high blood pressure, diabetes, coronary heart diseases
    • Medications like birth control pills, antidepressants and blood pressure drugs
    • Lifestyle habits like drugs or alcoholism
    • Fatigue
  2. Hormonal causes:
    • Thyroid problem
    • Menopause
    • Pregnancy
    • Breast feeding
  3. Relationship issues:
    • Lack of interest in partner
    • Unresolved fights or conflicts
    • Poor communication between couple
  4. Psychological causes:
    • Anxiety or depression
    • Financial or work stress
    • Sexual abuse
    • Previous negative sexual experience
    • Low self esteem

Q: Do I need to see a doctor for this?

  1. If low sexual desire is bothering you and your partner, you should talk to your doctor openly. The solution could be as simple as changing the type of lifestyle or medication.
  2. Doctor will ask you about your medical, sexual history, lifestyle habits and will rule out cause of low sexual desire. He will also find a way to help.
  3. Your doctor can perform pelvic exam to look for the signs of thinning of genital tissues, vaginal dryness.
  4. Blood test: To check thyroid, cholesterol and sugar level

Q: What are the treatments available?

  1. Counselling: Talking to sex therapist is the most important treatment
  2. Medications: Estrogen, skin creams/ tablets/ skin patches, erectile dysfunction drugs to boost blood flow to genitals. There can be a change in blood pressure and antidepressants medications.
  3. Healthy lifestyle - Quitting smoking, alcoholism and drugs
  4. Good communication with your partner
  5. Give time to your partner and spend quality time for intimacy
  6. Stress and anger management should be done