12 Causes of Low Libido

This afternoon at Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centre in Kogarah, a women came in with some questions regarding medication resulting in loss of libido. She was quite concerned and was seeking advice on whether this was normal and what you can do to prevent this from happening. We talked for a while about sexual dysfunction and the causes of this as well as bonding over similar experiences. As someone who has previously been on medication that has effected my libido, I knew how frustrated this woman was.  So I took to the internet and did some research on the medication this lady was taking, as well as other causes for sexual dysfunction.
A sexual dysfunction or sexual disorder refers to experiencing difficulty during any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents an individual from experiencing desire, physical pleasure, arousal or achieving orgasm.  HealthDirect Australia says that 30% (!!!) of all women have difficulty reaching orgasm. This can be linked to a number of things, some of which I have previously touched base on (certain birth controls such as the pill or the implanon), as well as some causes being as simple as feeling stressed. There are a number of Physical, as well as Psychological Causes of Loss of Libido in women.
Physical Causes:
  1. Vaginal Dryness: The number one cause of Sexual Dysfunction is improper lubrication or the inability to self lubricate. You can naturally enhance your ability to self lubricate by eating foods that are rich in estrogen. Foods that are high in (o)estrogen are foods like trail nuts, dried fruits, flax seeds, beans, tofu, soy milk and salmon. In the mean time, don’t be afraid to grab a bottle of SuperSlyde!
  2. Depression
  3. Anxiety
  4. Medications for Depression & Anxiety
  5. Other medications like contraception and antibiotics

 

Woman with Low Libido
Photo: Causes of Loss of Libido – Unhappy Woman
Psychological Causes:
  1. Stress: From being stressed at work, to carrying the world on your shoulders every day it’s no wonder you’re having trouble unwinding and concentrating on yourself during sex. If you’re stressed you should try to do something relaxing before intercourse. Try have a cup of green tea, or a bath, or even getting a massage from your partner.
  2. Mental illness: having a mental illness can distort the way you are thinking with your physical response. Once you’re convinced that you’re not going to be able to achieve orgasm, it is very difficult to get out of this mind frame. An option that you could consider is seeking advice from a sex therapist/sexologist.
  3. Emotional, Physical or Psychological Sexual Abuse: You should consider seeking counseling if you’re experiencing traumatic stress. The emotional toll of a traumatic event can cause life long emotions that can make day to day life frightening – if you’re experiencing traumatic stress you can call helplines 24/7 to help (Ph: 1800 18 7263 Australia) or visit BeyondBlue.
  4. History of Poor Relationships: Closely linked to the above as well as the fear of the relationship or experience turning out the same as previous relationships.
  5. Substance Abuse: Any substance that changes your state of mind can effect your sexual response.
  6. Emotional Response: A females emotional response to the ability to orgasm is also a massive factor contributing towards Sexual Dysfunction. How frustrating – it’s like a never ending circle!
  7. Inability to relax – Refer to #1
Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction often combines medical and psychological approaches. If you are on medication that is affecting your libido, contact your doctor and ask for a review of your medication. You can ask to change doses or change medications completely if you so wish.  If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, or traumatic stress, seeking professional advice is highly recommended. More often than not, behavioral approaches that promote an attitude shift, encourage relaxation and reduce stress will be recommended. Try increasing the amount you exercise, or do more things that help you to relax and make you feel good like taking a bath or listening to a certain type of music.
The brain is a wonderful, yet extremely complex thing and more often than not we have just conditioned ourselves to believe that we can only do a certain thing or are UN-able to achieve or do a certain thing, such as the inability to achieve an orgasm. But hey, realizing that you’re doing this is the first step to getting out of that rut – so go you!  Maybe even just try something new, you never know it just might work! I hope these Causes of Loss of Libido help you learn what is happening in your body.

About the Author: Chloe a consultant from Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres

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