Low libido, or sex drive, is defined as having a low overall desire or drive for sexual activity, and it’s not as uncommon as you may think. In fact, up to 40% of people may experience low libido for some period of time. Libido is purely subjective – what may be low for one person may be normal or high for another. Libido also fluctuates, so sometimes it will be high and sometimes low. As such, low libido isn’t much of a problem until the person experiencing it becomes concerned, usually because it has gone on for a long period of time or because their sex drive is unusually low.

Causes of Low Libido in Women

There are many causes to low libido. Anti-depressants and anti-seizure medications can cause low libido in many of its users, as can birth control pills and blood pressure medication. Some people experience loss of libido when under emotional or other psychological stress. Stress at work, money troubles, depression, and anxiety may all lower a person’s sex drive. Some diseases, including diabetes and cancer, are also known to lower sex drive.

Women may experience loss of libido more often than men, and it often occurs at the end of a long-term relationship, during pregnancy, menopause, or as the result of other major life changes. Women who experience pain during sex may also have a low desire for sexual activity.

What to Do if You Have Low Libido

Someone who is experiencing low libido should start by talking to the professionals at Balcones OB/GYN. If medication is the cause, Dr. Nancy Binford may be able to adjust the prescription to try to fix it. She may also discuss hormone replacement therapy if she believes low testosterone may be a cause. Women should schedule an appointment at our Austin clinic particularly if they are experiencing pain during sex.

Low libido is not uncommon and is not always a serious problem, sometimes even going away on its own. It may come at the end of a long-term relationship, or it can be a sign of other problems, such as depression or low testosterone, or from disease or medication. Someone concerned about her low libido shouldn’t panic. There is a wide range of causes, and some of them are easily fixable. Others such as depression or pain during sex may be more difficult to deal with, but talking to a doctor will still leave you better off in the end. If you are concerned about your low libido, talk to a Dr. Binford and the team at Balcones Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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