Sexual Dysfunction

Low Sexual Desire in Women

While many people struggle with low sexual desire, a higher percentage of women experience a decline in sex drive compared to men. Also known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), low sexual desire can negatively impact aspects of a woman's well-being and her intimate relationships. If you are a woman who suffers from a diagnosis of HSDD, or have feelings of low sexual desire, there is hope for you. With the right guidance and understanding of how sexual desire works for women and the contributing factors to your feelings of low sexual desire, you can once again enjoy intimacy with your partner and self-pleasure.

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What Constitutes a Low Sexual Desire?

Oftentimes, a woman may feel she has a low sex drive because she doesn’t spontaneously desire sex as often as her partner. That doesn’t necessarily mean that her drive is low; it might just mean that, comparatively, it is lower than her partner’s. However, if in the past she desired sex more frequently and has become disinterested, then that may be a cause for concern if it is a source of distress for the woman. Or, if she struggles to develop feelings of sexual desire even while engaging in sexual activity with her partner, that can also be a sign of low sexual desire. 

A woman with a low sex drive may rarely have sexual fantasies, never feel desire spontaneously, or avoid sexual situations. While this is a common issue for women, it can create stress in their relationships. Working with a certified professional sex therapist can help you determine what is causing your low sex drive. 

Symptoms of a Low Sex Drive

  • Lack of fantasies or desire to engage in them
  • Rarely or never having sexual thoughts
  • Showing no interest in sexual activity
  • Lack of pleasure in sexual intercourse
  • Reduced satisfaction with genital stimulation

Why Do Women Struggle With Low Sexual Desire?

Feeling less interested in sex than your partner is not a unique emotion. Women feel disinterested in sex for a variety of reasons. It's common for desire to fluctuate during the phases of a woman's menstrual cycle. However, if a woman regularly experiences low sexual desire, this indicates an underlying issue. Sexual desire goes beyond the physical and emotional aspects of women. Psychological factors also play an essential role in women's willingness to engage in or initiate sex. 

Physical Health Issues

Chronic medical conditions primarily contribute to low sexual desire in women. If you have an underlying medical condition, it's understandable to have a decreased interest in sexual intercourse. Many physical health issues and medication can trigger low sexual desire or drive. Arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer are common medical issues that keep women from enjoying sex. Lifestyle habits, surgery, and chronic fatigue are other factors that reduce physical health and suppress sexual desire. 

Hormonal Imbalance

Whether it's during the aging process or because of other hormonal imbalances, women can suffer from low sexual desire. Pregnancy, childbirth, menstruation, and menopause are the most common events that alter a woman's hormones. Certain medical issues and medications can also contribute to hormonal imbalances. 

Menstrual Cycle

It's not uncommon for a woman to struggle with sexual desire because of hormonal shifts. Her menstrual cycle goes through four phases that cause hormonal shifts, which can cause her to struggle with arousal. These phases are the follicular phase, ovulation, the luteal phase, and finally, menstruation. In the last two menstrual phases, a woman's hormones decrease, contributing to a low sexual desire. 

Psychological and Emotional Factors

Emotional and psychological factors can prevent women from enjoying a fulfilling and satisfying sex life. A lack of confidence, a history of trauma, abuse, neglect, anxiety, or depression can prevent women from connecting with their partners and engaging in sexual activity. 

Relationship Connections 

Women who have experienced relationship issues will struggle to keep a strong enough connection to desire sexual intercourse with their partner. Infidelity, trust issues, poor communication, and unresolved conflicts can strain any relationship. 

How Can Women Recover From Low Sexual Desire?

Many women with low sexual desire often try sexual stimulation, stress-relieving techniques, exercise, or diet changes. While these techniques may offer a temporary remedy, they don't always provide a permanent solution. Whether women struggle with body image, mental health, painful intercourse, or chronic illness, sex therapy can help them recover.

There are several forms of sex therapy, including online education courses, that can help women identify the source of their sexual distress or dissatisfaction. These courses help women unpack their feelings about sex and shift their negative thought patterns toward a satisfying sex life.

Online Therapy Can Help With Sexual Distress and Dysfunction

Low sexual desire is a common issue among women and often occurs from various forms of stress or dysfunction. Women may struggle with sexual distress because of personal problems or because their partner struggles with sexual dysfunction. Regardless of why women suffer from low sexual desire, MendEd provides courses like From Sexual Distress to Sexual Satisfaction to help women better understand their sexuality and how it affects their lives.

Science-Based Sex Education

At MendEd, we provide valuable sexual education in a safe and impartial online atmosphere. These online courses aim to educate therapists and clients on improving intimacy and working toward sexual restoration and relationship healing. Once our clients understand the importance of sexuality and its unique role in physical and mental health, they can cultivate a healthier lifestyle and enjoy sex with their partner. 

Identifying the Source of Low Sexual Desire 

When dealing with a low sexual desire, many women don't understand their symptoms. Our master course can help them identify their specific feelings and why they are experiencing them. The course aims to provide in-depth sexual knowledge and distress treatment to help women regain control of their sexuality. You don't have to suffer with low sexual desire. MendEd has the resources to help you achieve an enjoyable and fulfilling sex life. 

Learn How to Connect With Your Partner

Sometimes, the reason women experience low sexual desire is because they struggle to connect with their partners. Sexual distress and dysfunction in men may prevent them from pursuing sexual activity because they are embarrassed or uncertain about how to process their feelings. Premature ejaculation (PE) is the most common type of sexual dysfunction in men, with 30% to 40% of men experiencing PE. Our Sexual Dysfunction Series - Premature Ejaculation helps sex therapists understand how to help clients struggling with this type of sexual dysfunction. This course helps educate therapists and clients on PE and provides a roadmap for recovery. 

MendEd's Master Course

Women who experience a lack of pleasure, anxiety, depression, lack of passion, or unsatisfying sex may suffer from low sexual desire. Our online course dives deeply into sexuality and understanding the importance of achieving healthy sexuality. The From Sexual Distress to Sexual Satisfaction course contains seven modules, including:
  • Sexual health and sexual dysfunction
  • Being in your body
  • Sexual development history
  • Childhood maltreatment
  • Sex positive psychoeducation
  • Course wrap-up
  • Audio files

Online Psychoeducation and Coaching Can Help With Sexual Distress and Dysfunction

MendEd provides courses like From Sexual Distress to Sexual Satisfaction to help women better understand their sexuality, sexual dysfunction and distress, how it affects their lives, and ways to improve sexual functioning.

Our Sexual Dysfunction Series examines male sexual dysfunctions. For example, premature ejaculation (PE) is the most common type of sexual dysfunction in men, with 30% to 40% of men experiencing PE. Our course on Premature Ejaculation helps clients and therapists understand this type of sexual dysfunction and helps educate therapists and clients on PE and provides a roadmap for recovery. 

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About Kimberly Keiser

Kimberly Keiser is licensed professional counselor, AASECT certified sex therapist, AASECT certified sex therapist supervisor, EMDRIA certified EMDR therapist and trauma expert providing client care, clinical supervision, and clinical consultation. Kimberly is a researcher in Dr. Kristine Jacquin's clinical forensic neuropsychology lab at Fielding Graduate University. Kimberly develops educational training, presentations, CEUs, and webinars for professional and lay audiences in the fields of sex therapy and trauma therapy. 

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