Sexual complaints are very common among women of all ages. Particularly in young women. The most common symptom is low sex drive or libido, followed by difficulty achieving orgasm.
A women’s sexual desire naturally fluctuates over the years and throughout her different life stages such as pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. Another factor that can cause hypoactive sexual disorder is the intake of certain medications. Fortunately for many females this lack of libido is only temporary.
It is important to treat each case on a personal basis since there is not a clear definition to characterize this disorder. According to a survey by the University of Chicago about 40% of women think about sex a few times a month and only 30% think about sex 3 to 4 times a week or more. Happier women also seem to think about sex more often.
If you have persistence or a recurring lack of interest in sex that causes you personal distress you may have hypoactive sexual disorder. Difficulty with orgasm is a persistent delay or absence of orgasm. And again, such condition is very difficult to define since approximately 30% of women stated on the previously mentioned survey to always achieve orgasm during sex, but 40% said they were satisfied with their partner regardless of the outcome.
Women’s sexuality is a complex interaction of factors, including physical and emotional well being, past experiences, religious beliefs, lifestyle and current relationship. Among the physical causes that may be contributing to the problem are:
• Experiencing pain during intercourse.
• Limiting or incapacitation medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension or arthritis.
• The intake of certain medications (many anti-depressant and anti-seizure medications are notorious for this side effects).
• Excessive intake of alcohol (while moderate consumption may make you feel amorous, too much alcohol will spoil your sex drive).
•Fatigue (a major contributor on today’s women’s hectic lives).
• Hormonal changes present during pregnancy at the post partum period and during menopause.
• Problems in your relationship (such as lack of connection or poor communication with your partner, unresolved conflicts or fights and/or infidelity).
If you are experiencing a sexual problem that troubles you, then it is time to address the issue. So the real question is: How can you increase your sexual arousal? At this time there are no approved drugs to treat low sexual desire. So we are going to focus on healthy lifestyle changes that can make a difference in increasing you desire for sex:
• Use lubrication (either water based or mineral oils).
• Regular aerobic exercise and strength training can improve your self body image and boost your desire.
• Find ways to cope with the stress in your life.
• Improve your communication with your partner (talking about your likes and dislikes can set the stage for better intimacy).
• Find the proper time for intimacy (you don’t have to book it but give it priority).
•Try to innovate or spice your sexual life (change positions or locations, be spontaneous and if open to experimentation fantasy and sex toys can give your libido a boost). Low sex drive can be very difficult for you and your partner, it is important for you to remember that sex drives have their fluctuations. If you feel that this problem is a big concern on your life don’t doubt to consult us.