Many changes happen as people age. For females, one of the first signs of aging is a decreasing sex drive. Many of these are due to the changing levels of hormones in the female body. Hormones control a lot of the major functions in the body; estrogen, for example, determines sexual characteristics and the menstrual cycle. Other factors such as stress and pain also help contribute to a decreased sexual drive.
Female libido may vary from one woman to another. Although there are some factors such as age which are known to contribute to decreasing sex drives, the level of decline also varies with each woman. This is where other factors such as emotional stress and medical conditions help determine why a woman is having more rapid decline in libido.
Let’s look at the different factors that can affect a woman’s sex drive:
- Age: One of the many changes a female experiences with aging are physical changes specifically in their sexual organs. Decreased muscle mass, tissue loss and dryness in the vagina causes soreness, irritation and itching. Decreased comfort and pain decreases sexual pleasure which may lead to a loss in sexual desire or libido.
- Stress: Taking care of your kids or working long hours at the office does not only take a huge toll on your body but also diminishes your appetite for intimacy. We often find ourselves too exhausted at the end of the day and harboring thoughts such as sex is something we postpone or too tired to consider. However, eating a healthy diet or a few minutes of exercise help reduce the levels of stress and help us last longer in bed.
- Medications: Declining sex drive or libido is also considered a health problem. Consulting with a doctor can help you manage this condition better. Medications do not only treat certain diseases but also affect normal functioning in the body. Voicing out your concerns and learning the side effects of your medication can help you determine if your medication is contributing to decreasing sex drive or libido.
- Giving birth: A lot of changes occur in a woman’s body during pregnancy. Some women are more sexually active during pregnancy. This is because of the different changes in hormone levels and the increase of sensations in the female’s sexual organs. When a woman gives birth, hormone levels are again affected. Post-natal depression may also set in. When depression sets in, one of the normal changes includes decreased libido and sex drive.
- Pain during intercourse: Aging brings a lot of sexual changes in a woman. One of these is decreased levels of female secretions or lubrication during intercourse. Females may also notice varying levels of vaginal lubrication during their menstrual cycle. This is because the changing levels of estrogen in the body affect female characteristics such as lubrication. Lack of sex drive could then be attributed to decreased pleasure during intercourse.
Decreased libido can be due to many causes; this condition may not have underlying physical factors. In fact, many women who are considered in their prime may experience varying degrees of decreased female libido or desire. This could also be due to relationship problems, psychological trauma, and negative self-image, and negative feelings toward sex. Consulting with a medical professional such as a doctor or a psychologist can help you determine the cause of decreased sexual desire or libido.
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