The cause of low sexual desire is multifactorial. Low sexual desire results from the interplay of biological, psychological, relationship and socio-cultural factors.

Now I will discuss some of the biologic causes of low sexual desire. If you are reading this article, you may be concerned about your own sexual desire and how it impacts your relationship with your partner or interest in seeking a sexual partner.

Biological causes

Well, there is no normal, when it comes to female sexual desire. There are some biological changes that may impact your sexual functioning. There are several medications that can impact your sexual drive, as well as your sexual response:

  • pain medications,
  • antidepressants,
  • birth control pills.

You should not stop your medication but talk with your physician about the risks and benefits.

Hormones can play a role during the menopause transition. The decline in female sexual hormones can impact sexual desire.

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Along with decline with hormones, there can be a thinning of vaginal tissue and loss of a moisture that can make intercourse painful. This is called vulvovaginal atrophy, and it is very treatable in most patients.

While the life expectancy has increased, aging can impact sexual desire due to multiple medical issues for the patients and for her partner. How to maintain sexual activity at intimacy by maximizing health becomes a real challenge. Medical issues in young women including neurologic diseases like multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injuries impact desire as well as sexual function.

Life is busy; sex takes energy. If we you are feeling fatigue, whether it is due to medical issues, or trying to keep up with life, you may not have enough energy left open for sexual activity.

As you can see sexual desire can be impacted by several biologic factors. Women with low sexual desire often report the sense of disappointment that they no longer have the drive to initiate the sexual activity and miss the intimacy with their partner.

Psychological causes


Now let’s talk about the psychological, relationship and the socio-cultural factors.

Women report a wide variety of psychological factors that lower their desire. The most common factors are:

  • a history of sexual abuse and trauma,
  • distraction,
  • stress/anxiety,
  • depression,
  • poor body image.

Women also report that the quality of the relationship has a great impact on their sexual desire, and this makes a lot of sense because if you feel disconnected from your partner it is probably difficult to want to be sexual with that person.

Finally, factors in our culture, our society can impact women’s desire. The most common factors are:

  • restrictive or conservative religious, beliefs or being a restrictive or patriarchal culture;
  • reproductive health policies and customs that are restrictive or repressive
  • society oppression or marginalization.

If you think that you are suffering from low sexual desire call today to schedule an appointment with the sexual health specialist, he would be happy to help you.