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Menopausal Women and Low Libido

A lack of sex drive or low libido, is a common menopause symptom. In the United States, The American Medical Association has published findings regarding a condition known as female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD) which affects some women.

Continue reading to find out more about menopausal women and low libido.

Do I Have Low Libido?

Women, who are suffering from loss of libido, have a lack of desire to have sex, and are not aroused by the idea.

Menopausal Women and Low Libido

For most women, this condition is only temporary. Many find that after a short period of time their libido naturally returns and the feelings of sexually desire are restored to previous levels. However, for other women, experiencing low libido for a prolonged period can lead to relationship problems.

Generally the causes of a low libido are divided into physiological and physical. Keep reading to find out more about the causes of low libido.

What Are the Physical Causes of Low Libido?

The most common physical causes of low libido are:

Menopausal Women and Low Libido
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Childbirth
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Drug abuse
  • Prescribed medications
  • Anemia
  • Hyperprolactinaemia
  • Diabetes

What Are the Psychological Causes of Low Libido?

Psychological factors such as experiencing mood swings often mean that a woman doesn't feel a desire for sex. Other common psychological causes of low libido in menopausal women include:

  • Stress and overwork
  • Relationship problems with your partner
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Keep reading to find out more about treatment for women with low libido.

Low Libido Treatments

As mentioned above there are generally two types of causes of low libido: physical and psychological. Depending on the cause of low libido, there are many different types of treatments available and things you can do to get you back on track.

Exercise is key in maintaining good health and relieving stress along with avoiding harmful substances like tobacco and alcohol. Exercising and creating a healthy lifestyle are great for your overall health and wellbeing.

There are also alternative approaches like acupuncture and herbal supplements that have been known to help women bounce back from low libido.

If you are also experiencing physical pain or feel that some symptoms are more serious talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help you find out the right treatment for you if there is a more significant reason for your low libido. Explore the links below for more information on the treatments of low libido.

Will My Libido Come Back Postmenopause?

Between 20 to 40% of women experience a decreased sex drive during menopause, and many different factors can contribute to this. click here to learn more.

Increasing Libido in Menopausal Women

Many menopausal women experience a loss of libido and look for ways for their libido to return. Click here for ways to boost libido during menopause.

The Definition of Libido

The definition of libido, or sex drive, can be divided into the psychological and physiological. Read on to find out more.

Sources:
  • Channon, L.D. and Ballinger, S.E. "Some Aspects of Sexuality and Vaginal Symptoms during Menopause and their Relation to Anxiety and Depression." British Journal of Medical Psychology. June 1986. 59(2): 173-80.
  • Sarell, Philip, M.D. "Psychosexual effects of menopause: Role of androgens." American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. March 1999. 180: S3-II
  • Studd, John. "Loss of Libido and Menopause." The Management of Menopause. Annual Review 1998. Partenon Publishing.