Loss of sexual desire is the most common form of sexual dysfunction among women of all ages. These sexual problem in women is often caused by a combination of both mental and physical factors, which aren’t not likely to be cured with medication. Loss of sexual desire is also called HYPOACTIVE SEXUAL DESIRE DISORDER (HSDD).
Naturally, women sexual desires fluctuate over the years. Contrary to general belief, frequent sexual activity has nothing to do with reduced sexual activities. If your sexual life is beginning to impact your marriage or life, it is time to talk to your doctor.
SYMPTOMS OF HYPOACTIVE SEXUAL DESIRE DISORDER
Loss of interest in sexual activities
Loss or reduce sexual fantasies
Loss of sexual arousal on clitoral stimulation
Difficulty getting pleasure from sex
Loss of drive to initiate sex
CAUSES OF HYPOACTIVE SEXUAL DESIRE DISORDER
Like many other medical conditions, quite a number of factors are culprits of loss of sexual desire among women. They can be broadly divided into two: Physical and Psychological causes.
PHYSICAL CAUSES OF HSDD OR LOSS OF SEXUAL DESIRE AMONG WOMEN
Age or menopause
Hormonal changes during and after pregnancy
Decrease in estrogen or testosterone level
Side effect of some medications eg blood pressure drug, antidepressant etc
Damage to blood vessel during surgery
Depression and anxiety problem
PSYCHOLOGICAL CAUSES OF LOSS OF SEXUAL DESIRE AMONG WOMEN
Daily activities stress related to work, finance and family
Unresolved relationship issues or resentment.
Physical or sexual abuse
Poor communication on sexual need
Though, the diagnosis of low sexual desire can be made by answering some questions that your doctor will ask you. However, he might still request that you do some investigations which include the following: Thyroid function test, blood glucose check, estrogen level, testosterone test and fasting lipid profile.
Recommended treatment of loss of sexual desire among women include counselling, sex education and medication. Some of these medications are not to be taken by women in their menopausal age. Therefore, talk to your doctor before use.
Some of the lifestyle modifications that can help restore one’s sexual desire are- ditching bad habit like smoking, alcohol consumption, stress and anxiety. It is also recommended that couple should learn how to spice their sex life by going on a date, change of sex position and spending more time on foreplay.
Dr. Adeyemo Olusola is a medical graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria along with certificate in advanced diploma in Principles of Nutrition, Management and Leadership, Dublin and Certificate in Global Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is an avid reader of books from different oases of life, expert in Medical Statistics and an award winner at both local and international level. “So many a time, I have seen people die avoidable death because of lack of knowledge or information, falling victim of fate. There is then a necessity laid on us to help arm our society to the teeth, as a healthy society cannot be detached from an informed one. Hence, there is need for healthgist.net. We hope you will have a wonderful stay on our website.”