According to two studies conducted in the United States, there are many reasons for young women to have a low libido. Both Obstetrics and Gynecology magazines and the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health have found that a significant proportion of women as young at eighteen have had or are currently experiencing low libido.
Why Have I Lost My Libido?
There are essentially two reasons a woman loses sexual desire: a lack of psychological desire for sex or a lack of a physical response to sexual stimulation. These two reasons are like broad umbrellas which encompass complex causes for low libido. Below you can find a list of some of the things that may be affecting you and your sexual relationship:
A long-lasting Relationship
Even if you are madly in love with your significant other, a long-term relationship can be trying on your libido. Without that sense of novelty which accompanies a new relationship, you may take your partner's physical attractiveness for granted. Try to rekindle the flame with new tricks in the bedroom to see your long-term lover in a new light.
Hormonal Birth Control
While it's great for women's sexual freedom, birth control can actually disrupt a woman's sex drive. It's important to remember that when birth control affects the process of conception, it's taking away one sexual desire.
Another type of medication that can alter your sexual desire is prescribed antidepressants. Many antidepressants can cause many side effects that lead to low libido, including difficulty achieving lubrication and orgasm in women.
It may sound crazy, but we live in an environment that's increasingly influenced by the media. Comparing yourself with someone who has a makeup artist, a hairstylist, and a personal trainer on-call will have a negative effect on self-esteem. Everyone has aspects of his or her appearance that they'd love to change, but it is these qualities which make us unique. Celebrate individuality to boost your body image and sex drive.
Difficulty Achieving an Orgasm
If you're a woman who's never had much trouble reaching that sexual peak, the act may become unappealing once you discover that it doesn't come as easy as it used to. However, there are many ways to enjoy sensuality and intimacy.
More Information about Low Libido in Young Women
While there are medications for women with low libido, it's important to first try the least invasive treatment. Try to find a great sex therapist to see if you can work out the issues in your sex life naturally.
- Channon, L.D and Bassinger S.E. "Some Aspects of Sexuality and Vaginal Symptoms during Menopause and their Relation to Anxiety and Depression." British Journal of Psychology. June 1986. 59 (2): 173-80.
- Sarell, Philip, M.D. "Psychosexual effects of menopause: Role of androgens." American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. March 1999. 180: 3S-II.
- Studd, J. "Loss of Libido and Menopause." The Management of Menopause. Annual Review 1998. Partenon Publishing.