Low Libido — St. Mark’s Center for Women’s Health

Low Libido — St. Mark’s Center for Women’s Health


(relaxed music) – Low libido just means a loss of sexual desire. In large surveys of women, that have been done both
in the US and Europe, about 40% of women, at any given time, will report that they are having loss of libido, that their sex drive is diminished or it’s less than they
would view it as optimum. But then if you ask those women if they are distressed about that, that number drops by about half. (relaxed music) Causes of low libido are huge. You know, for women, our
sexuality is very complex and very contextual. Most often, in my practice, I find that, you know, it’s
usually not just one thing. That, for most women, who come reporting that they have lost desire, it’s multiple things and, sort of, you have to look at their life and see what pieces of
the pie are contributing. (relaxed music) In someone who is menopausal and having vaginal dryness you may treat that and if she’s having sexual
pain from some other reason you treat that. About anywhere from 15 to 25% of women who have low libido have depression. So you need to treat the mood disorder. Sometimes I’ll see women
who have been so busy taking care of other people that they’re just worn down. I’ll see them and they’ll
have this variety of things from, you know, sinusitis to hyperthyroidism to, you know, you just have to improve overall health. Things like getting more sleep and all that true things so
that wellness is improved so that there’s something
left over for sex. (relaxed music) The time to consider seeking
evaluation for loss of libido would be if it’s persistent and pervasive and if it’s causing distress for you and for your relationship. Those are indications that, in
evaluation, might be helpful. (relaxed music)

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