Sexual Dysfunction in Women
Alternate Names : Inhibited Sexual Desire, Lost Interest in Sex, Diminished Libido, Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, Decreased Sexual Desire, Decreased Sex Drive
A woman of any age can become less interested in sex or have a decreased sex drive. This condition is called sexual dysfunction. It is most common in women before, during, and right after menopause has ended.
What is going on in the body?
In 1999, a national survey of people between the ages of 18 and 59 showed that sexual dysfunction was common among 43% of women and 31% of men. Women and men with poor physical and mental health are more likely to have a decreased sex drive. Someone who has had problems in sexual relationships is also more likely to have this condition.
Moreover, sexual dysfunction is closely linked with overall well-being because the female sexual response is more complicated than the male response. It is influenced to a greater degree by psychological and cultural factors.
A woman's sex drive is guided by a complex system of signals between the brain, the ovaries, and other reproductive sexual organs. A healthy brain, more than a healthy body, dictates a woman's desire for sex. Any disruption in this complex interaction may cause a woman to be less interested in sex.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
Sexual dysfunction in women rarely has a single cause. The factors that may cause this condition include both physical and psychological causes. Physical causes include:
vaginal yeast infections
urinary tract infections
neurological disorders, such as stroke
pelvic surgery or trauma
side effects of drugs, such as antidepressants, narcotics, and illicit drugs
chronic liver disease
chronic kidney disease
heavy smoking of nicotine or marijuana
recovery after childbirth
Psychological causes may include:
stress from work, family, or relationships
concern regarding sexual dysfunction
religious or cultural beliefs
unresolved sexual orientation
previous traumatic sexual experience, including rape
history of incest or sexual abuse