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What happened to my sex drive?

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 5:20 PM

Loss of sexual desire for a women can take a toll on her marriage........

There are many reasons why a woman may suffer from the loss of sexual desire and not all of them are psychological----

In fact a percentage of women who do suffer from loss of desire, it is due to an imbalance in her hormones. Anytime a woman's hormones are not regulated she can fluctuate with feelings of high sexual desire to feelings of low sexual desire to none at all. Some women who have hormonal imbalances may even go through a period of time when they feel disgusted towards sex. When a woman has taken birth control pills, had a baby, or is going through menopause, all of this can affect her hormones.

When we look at a woman's natural monthly cycle (if she is not on birth control, pregnant or in menopause) she will experience times during her cycle where she feels more sexual than other times. These times are usually when she is ovulating and her testosterone levels are at their peak. Another time during her cycle when she may also feel more sexual is when she is menstruating, the reason for this is her estrogen and progesterone levels drop just a little leaving her testosterone levels higher. A few days after menses is over she may experience a drop in her sex drive and less lubrication when aroused. All of this is a natural cycle for a woman to go through, when her hormones are normal. Trying to tell a woman who has little to no testosterone that her lack of desire is all in her head is counterproductive and can lead to other psychological and physical problems. Trying to do therapy or counseling with a woman who has no sex drive due to hormone issues is not going to help either. The answer is if you feel you may have a hormonal imbalance is to take a saliva test.

If you are experiencing one or more of the following signs you may have hormonal imbalance

  • Sex drive is low or absent
  • If it is difficult to become aroused or you cannot maintain arousal during sexual activity
  • You have pain during sexual activity
  • You cannot experience orgasm
  • Vaginal dryness
  • You have no desire to masturbate
  • You feel no sexual attraction at all towards anyone (Ruling out situational loss of desire)
  • You have been on birth control pills recently or for a long period of time and notice a change in desire.
  • You have been pregnant or given birth and it has been over 3 months and you still feel no sexual desire.



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