Causes Of Low Sex Drive In Women & How To Fix It

Low sex in women spans from a variety of medical issues and emotional or psychological problems. Also, work and family-related stress are contributory factors. Identifying the cause of your low sex drive is one step towards effective treatment options.

Research by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that in most heterosexual relationships, it’s the woman who has lower libido. This can be very distressing for both partners and even put the relationship at risk that cannot be resolved.


Lack of interest in sex is medically termed hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD). Some of the symptoms include…

1. Difficulty in obtaining pleasure from sex or genital stimulation

2. Disinterest in initiating sex

3. Non-existent sexual thoughts or fantasies

4. Lack of interest in sexual activity.


It is important to note that some fluctuations in sexual desire are natural and healthy while some aren’t. Some medical causes are…

1. Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, anemia, and cardiovascular disease.

2. Condition as Vulvodynia that makes sex painful.

3. Depression and anxiety disorders

4. Hormone deficiency or low levels of testosterone

5. Menopause, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.

In cases like this, it is appropriate to visit your doctor for a prescription with fewer side effects.

Other factors are…

Personal-based factors: Daily life stress can have an impact on your sex drive. For instance, some women have a lower desire for sex after childbirth due to being extra-busy and fatigued or because they are more focused on their children than the marriage.

Relationship-based factors: This is one of the strongest factors that affect a woman’s sex drive. The quality of her relationship and emotional connection to her partner matter a lot.


Apart from medical treatment which can only be prescribed by your doctor, here are lifestyle and home remedies to make a big difference in your desire for sex.

1. Exercise: Regular aerobic exercise and strength training can increase your stamina and improve your body image.

2. Less Stress: Finding a way to manage work stress, financial and daily life stress can help to improve your sex drive.

3. Communicate with your partner: Couples who know how to communicate in an open and honest way usually maintain a stronger emotional connection which can lead to better sex.

4. Always set aside time for intimacy: This might be seen as boring but scheduling sex into your calendar and making intimacy a priority can help to put your sex drive back on track.

5. Spice up your sex life: Try a different sexual position, different time of the day, or even location for sex. Ask your partner to spend more time on foreplay. If you are open to sex toys with your partner, that can also help rekindle your drive.

6. Ditch bad habits: bad habits such as smoking, illegal drugs abd excess alcohol can dampen your sex drive.

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