Low Libido

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Loss of libido during menopause is very common, affecting as many as 20% to 40% of women. Therefore it is of the utmost importance for a woman to know why she lost her sexual desire and what steps to she can take to resolve this complex menopausal problem.

About Loss of Libido

Loss of libido can include psychological, relational, physical, and hormonal dimensions as unique as the women who experience them. Women experiencing a loss of libido find that they are less in touch with their sexuality, have less feelings and energy for sexual intercourse with their partner.

While women loss their ability to become aroused or achieve orgasm, the other menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and irritation may also have a huge impact on sexual dysfunction.

Causes of Loss of Libido

Like most other menopausal symptoms, the primary cause of the loss of sexual drive has its roots in hormonal imbalance, especially the decline of estrogen levels. However, physical, psychological and relationship issues can also have an effect on libido during menopause.

Hormonal Causes of Loss of Libido

The decline of three of the major hormones can contribute to the reduction of sexual drive and energy.

Estrogen
Estrogen is crucial for the upkeep of female sexuality for assisting in the production of vaginal lubrication, and maintaining the health of vaginal tissue.
As estrogen levels decline during menopause, it can cause a host of symptoms that can contribute to a woman’s loss of libido, such as hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods, and vaginal dryness.

Progesterone
Progesterone is just as important for the upkeep of sexual drive and energy. A decline in progesterone levels can cause irregular periods and fatigue which can also lead to a lack of sex drive.

Androgens/ Testosterone
As with estrogen, the body also experiences a drop in androgens (e.g. testosterone) with age. Experts believe that this drop in androgens can also contribute to a loss of libido.

Other Causes of Loss of Libido
In addition to hormonal causes, several other factors can lead to this common menopausal symptom. The other causes can be categorized into three groups:
Physical, Psychological, and Relational.

Physical Causes

  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Pain-related conditions
  • Medication use
  • Hysterectomy
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Anemia
  • Chronic disease
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Psychological Causes
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in self-esteem and body image
  • Concerns about aging
  • Feelings about sex
  • Psychological disease (e.g. mood Swings, depression, and anxiety)

Relational Causes

  • Changes in partner’s physical health
  • Intimate relationship changes
  • Availability of partner
  • Lack of communication between partners
  • Changing social role
  • Family changes
  • Low sex drive in partner
  • Major life changes

The best treatment for Menopausal Symptoms is: