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Many women experience lulls in their sex drive, which is medically referred to as loss of libido. According to Patricia Koch, Ph.D., at Pennsylvania State University and adjunct professor of human sexuality at Widener University, 33 to 67 percent of women report loss of sex drive to some degree. While the first step should be to consult your physician to rule out medical causes, there are several ways you can increase your sex drive without resorting to medications. Many women experience dips in their sex drive during and after both pregnancy and menopause, due to hormonal changes; a long or severe illness can also cause your sex drive to decrease.