Not in the mood for sex? You’re not alone – women are having less boom in the bedroom than movies and magazines would have us believe. Drug companies have long tried to make a drug that can fire up a woman’s libido. So far, the FDA hasn’t approved any drug for that purpose. Still, there are effective treatments, and they don’t all come in a bottle.
The first step is to find out what’s going on.
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What’s Causing the Problem?
When you’re taking care of yourself physically and emotionally, and when you’re in a good relationship, your sex drive is bound to be better than when you’re not.
Some of the things that can dim women’s sex drive include:
Physical issues, including hormonal changes related to menopause or childbirth, or thyroid problems.
Chronic stress, including in your relationship.
Depression or other mental health issues.
Some prescription drugs may also affect libido, including some types of antidepressants, birth control pills, anti-anxiety drugs, and blood pressure medications.
It’s usually not just one thing. These issues can affect each other.
Reviving Your Libido
Talk with your doctor or a counselor about what you’re going through. For example, your primary care doctor may be able to address the physical aspects, but you may also benefit from relationship counseling or sex therapy.
Your doctor should check your overall health, review any medications you’re taking, and talk with you about what you’re experiencing. If your doctor seems uncomfortable or dismissive when you bring up your sexual problems, don’t give up If possible, look for a gynecologist or a sex therapist who is knowledgeable about the physical, relationship-related, and emotional components of sexual dysfunction. Those discussions are private.
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