Sexual satisfaction is a part of a woman’s physical and mental health.  At some point in our lives, our sexual desire will have its highs and lows.  Life changes such as menopause, pregnancy, stress, fatigue, and illness can affect our desire and decrease libido. 

What are the symptoms?

You may wonder if you don’t want to have sex as often as your partner, then you may have a low sex drive.  This is not necessarily true because everyone’s sex drive is different.  If you have little to no interest in sexual activity, never have sexual thoughts or fantasies, or are concerned about your sex drive, you may have a low libido.

What are the causes?

There are many external and internal causes of low libido. Medical conditions such as hypo or hyperthyroid disease can increase the risk of sexual dysfunction up to 75%.  Thyroid disease can decrease testosterone levels and lead to fatigue and depression, decreasing your sex drive. Hormonal imbalances experienced around perimenopause and menopause can also lower sexual desire due to the decline in estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.  Stressors such as financial problems, relationship issues, work-related stress, and family problems can not affect your sexual but your overall health.  Constant stress can also lead to mood disorders like depression. Depression can cause low energy levels and low self-esteem and may even cause a person to view their partner negatively. Keep in mind that medications like anti-depressants are known to affect libido too (you can’t win!). Nutrition and vitamin deficiencies can affect your sex drive too.  Zinc, omega-3, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and magnesium are all essential for hormone production and improving your mood.

There are many causes of low sex drive. It is important to focus on your physical and mental wellbeing which can impact your sexual health. Eating a well balanced diet, excising and taking a multivitamin everyday is a good place to start. If your sex drive causes concern, it is always best to discuss it with your doctor to development a treatment plan.