Loss of libido (sexual drive) is relatively common in women; it is estimated that between one-third and two-thirds of all women report loss of sex drive at some point in their lives, according to a study by Patricia Koch, Ph.D., associate professor of Biobehavioral Health and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Reasons for loss of libido can range from medical issues to stress to exhaustion, but the important factor to remember is that there are remedies available to increase your sex drive.
Visit your doctor and have a full physical examination. This is important, as it can rule out medical causes for a diminished sex drive, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary disease. Conditions, such as pregnancy and peri-menopause, can also cause low sex drive due to the changes in your body’s hormone levels.
Ask your doctor if any medications you are taking currently can be interfering with your libido. According to the Mayo Clinic, prescription drugs, such as blood pressure medications, antidepressants, chemotherapy drugs and antihistamines can all lower a woman’s sex drive, as can some forms of birth control.
Examine your diet, sleep and physical activity level to determine that your lifestyle isn’t contributing to your low sex drive. Proper nutrition, adequate sleep and regular exercise will all contribute to increased sexual desire.
Schedule some me time. Taking an hour or two a day to pamper yourself, read a novel or indulge in a lunch with friends will ease the stress level in your life, which can be a major cause of low sex drive.
Talk to your partner about your concerns, and discuss things you can do as a couple to increase your sexual urges. Often instigating open conversations about sex will be invigorating in itself; a romantic evening or weekend, trying new positions and integrating oils, creams and toys into your sexual experiences will give a boost to your sex drive.
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