Causes of Low Libido
Blog by Dr. Irwin Goldstein, MD, Medical Director, Sexual Medicine Program
Many women and their partners never acknowledge the importance of maintaining
good sexual health. In fact, many women simply don’t know that their
sexual health can have a serious impact on their overall health, wellness
and relationships. That’s why sexual health, including low libido,
shouldn’t be an afterthought when it comes to your doctor’s
appointment! There are solutions to help women improve bothersome sexual
health and increase sexual desire.
Libido fluctuation is normal. However, sometimes a woman doesn’t
have sexual desire for her partner, but still maintains the same love,
friendship and partnership she has always felt. If the sexual desire or
longing for intimacy has dwindled or disappeared, this may be a chronic
problem that can lead to stress in the individual and relationship.
Some of the Most Common Causes of Low Sex Drive
There are numerous causes of low libido. Any one or combination may be
Some of the most common include:
- Alcohol use
- Drug use (prescribed or illicit drugs)
- Lack of positive body image
- Menopause (natural or surgical)
- Mental health issues
- Partner sexual dysfunction
- Past negative sexual experiences
- Poor relationship with partner
- Sexual abuse/sexual trauma
- Other sexual or health issues (e.g. sexual pain)
For women who wish to increase their libido/sex drive, it is important
to take the right steps. The first step is to talk with your healthcare
provider to try to identify the cause(s) of your low sexual desire and
determine whether you can modify your lifestyle or medications in any
way to improve your waning libido.
What Is Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder?
There are millions of women struggling with loss of sexual desire or low
libido. Some may have this condition causing distress, diagnosed as Hypoactive
Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD). According to statistics, around one in
10 women in the U.S. struggle with this condition. It is the most common
form of sexual dysfunction in women. There are also other sexual dysfunctions
that you may be diagnosed with when you meet with your healthcare provider.
Fortunately, as society’s understanding of sexual health and sexual
dysfunction expands, so do medical treatment options in this area. For
example, women diagnosed with HSDD now have an FDA-approved medical treatment
available to them. There are also other options available for improving
libido and overall health.
Again, start by setting up an appointment with your healthcare provider
to discuss your sexual health. Remember, sex is an integral part of your
overall health—including physical, mental and emotional health.
To find a physician who specializes in sexual health, call (800) 258-2723 or