Is your idea of getting hot and steamy taking a shower after spin class? the club. Many women discover their libido is lacking, especially as they get older.
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And if you and your partner have mismatched libidos, that can be a big source of relationship strife. There are all sorts of reasons your sex drive might have shifted into neutral.
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Pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause can do a on your hormones. Stress, illness, medications and relationship challenges can also interfere with sexual desire. If you notice a dramatic dip in your arousal level, first rule out any medical causes. Yes, it might feel weird talking to your doctor about getting frisky, but medical professionals have heard it all.
Yet many women experience reduced sexual desire for no obvious reason — a condition sometimes called hypoactive sexual desire disorder HSDD. And in the last few years there has been more research and medical options for this condition. Thacker says. This prescription pill has been available to treat HSDD since Flibanserin is taken nightly and can ramp up sex drive, says Dr. The downside is it takes about 2 months for the medication to start working. But for many women and their satisfied partnersthe treatment is worth the wait.
This on-demand prescription medication was approved to treat HSDD in Women inject it under the skin at least 45 minutes before they anticipate getting frisky. So she suggests this workaround: Take it right before bed and cancel your morning meetings.
This hormone suppository can ease vaginal dryness and discomfort in postmenopausal women. Some women with low libido find it increases genital sensitivity in a good way.
It can cause side effects, including acne, hair loss, facial hair growth and mood changes. Sometimes, low sex drive is related to psychological issues, such as poor body image, past negative sexual experiences, trust issues or relationship problems.
In those cases, it can help to work through your thoughts and feelings with a mental health professional. And some women just need a crash course in sex education, Dr. Learning the ins and outs of your sexual anatomy — including the importance of clitoral and G-spot stimulation — can also improve desire, she adds. And remember that you can have a healthy sex drive without being a seductress.
You just have to be open to it, she adds. Luckily, treatments are available to rev up a sluggish sex drive.
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