What Causes Low Sex Drive in Women?


The loss or decrease in sex drive (known medically as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD)) is common for women of all ages. It’s one thing to have a night or two when you’re not in the mood, but consistent lack of sexual urge can be a sign of lost libido. An unsatisfying sex life can create tension in a relationship and leave people feeling irritable and run down.

Unlike erectile dysfunction in men, a woman’s sexual desire is based on a complex interaction of mental and physical components tied to general well-being (physical and emotional) and certain lifestyle choices. Disruptions in any of these areas can negatively affect a woman’s sex drive. The board-certified gynecologists at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett have put together a list of factors that may contribute to lost libido in women. Hopefully this can direct our patients towards more healthy behaviors and a more satisfying sex life.

Physical Problems That Can Affect Sex Drive:

  • Fatigue or exhaustion caused by a lack of sleep.
  • Medical conditions like arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.
  • Reactions to certain prescription meds like antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs.
  • Over-consumption of alcohol.
  • Surgical procedures, especially ones related to the breasts or genital area.
  • Poor diet (high in salt and fat) and a lack of regular exercise.

Hormonal Changes That Can Affect Sex Drive:

  • Menopause can disrupt sex drive due to lowered estrogen levels. This hormonal change can lead to dryer vaginal tissues that can make sex painful or uncomfortable.
  • Changes in hormone levels due to pregnancy, childbirth and breast-feeding.
  • Hormonal changes linked to a change in your birth control or contraception method.

Psychological Causes of Reduced Sex Drive:

  • Mental health problems like depression or anxiety.
  • Stress related to work, your relationship or other external factors.
  • A lack of trust or emotional intimacy with your partner.
  • Poor self-esteem or body image.
  • Traumatic experiences including physical, mental or sexual abuse.
  • Negative sexual experiences in the past.

Whatever may be causing the loss of sexual desire, the first step in resolving the issue is diagnosing its cause. Lost sex drive can be hard on you and your partner. It helps to remember that temporary hiccups in a person’s sexual desire are normal and don’t necessarily indicate that anything is wrong. If one should occur, we recommend spending time talking things through with your partner instead of agonizing over sex. If you have questions about reduced sex drive, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for more news and updates.


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