10 Reasons Why Women May Have A Low Sex Drive And What To Do About It
This article was medically reviewed by Lauren Demosthenes, MD, OB-GYN, senior medical director at Babyscripts.
Your s*x drive may vary depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle.
Some causes of a low s*x drive in women include taking medicines like birth control or SSRIs.
Stress and not sleeping enough could also cause lowered libido.
Medical conditions like diabetes or heart disease may also cause a lower s*x drive.
There’s no “normal” amount of s*x drive. The right amount is whatever feels right for you. Yet, many women feel like their s*x drive is too low.
One 2008 study found that — among a poll of over 30,000 US women — 15% of women ages 45 to 64 and 11% under 44 reported significant issues with low s*x drive.
There are many reasons your s*x drive can take a dip, including stress, medications, your period, or relationship issues. Here are 10 of the most common reasons you may have a hard time feeling s*xual.
- Shifts in hormones during your menstrual cycle
Your levels of s*x hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone change throughout your menstrual cycle, which can affect your s*x drive, says Kate Thomas, PhD, the director of clinical services at The Johns Hopkins S*x and Gender Clinic.
“We know that progesterone can have a negative impact on s*xuality; the role of estrogen is less understood,” Thomas says.
You may notice that your s*x drive is higher around the middle of your cycle, while you’re ovulating, but it may dip lower at other times, like during your period. This is partly because progesterone levels rise once you’re done ovulating, as your body gets ready to menstruate.
However, “increases and decreases in s*xual drive appear to be quite individual,” Thomas says.