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Question (04/19/2011):

Title: My girlfriend has lost her interest in having sex .

We have problems, my girlfriend has lost her interest in having sex and when I ask her what's wrong she says she does not know what is wrong with her.

She does not feel it anymore and she is not doing it on purpose, what could be wrong with her because it's been 2 months now.

Answer:

Psychological causes for the loss of libido are:

-Serious relationship problems with her partner - women's sexual interest is often tied to the quality of the relationship with her partner.

-Difficult living conditions or lifestyle - for example, managing both a career and children, living under the same roof with parents or parents-in-law, etc.

-Depression and anxiety - these two factors can really oppress sex drive. Additionally, there are many medications that are prescribed to combat these conditions but affect negatively women's libido.

-Stress and overwork - it may be hard to provide for the bills that pile up but financial worries and distress can result in low libido.

-Past or current physical, emotional, or sexual abuse - such traumatic experiences may lead to avoidance of sex.

There is no simple pill or potion to increase sex drive in women. In fact, most women benefit from a multifaceted treatment approach aimed at the many causes behind this condition.

This may include sex education, counseling, lifestyle changes and sometimes medication.

Healthy lifestyle changes that can make a big difference in her desire for sex are:

-Exercise.

-Stress less.

-Be happier.

-Strengthen your pelvic muscles.

Relationship changes that you and your partner can make are:

-Communicate with your partner.

-Seek counseling.

-Set aside time for intimacy

-Add a little spice to your sex life. Try a different sexual position, a different time of day or a different location for sex. If you and your partner are open to experimentation, sex toys and fantasy can help rekindle your sexual sizzle.

Medications aren't always necessary to treat low sex drive. But the following medications can help:

-Estrogen therapy. Systemic estrogen therapy - by pill, patch or gel - can have a positive effect on brain function and mood factors that affect sexual response. Local estrogen therapy - in the form of a vaginal cream or a slow-releasing suppository or ring that you place in your vagina - can increase blood flow to the vagina and help improve desire. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe a combination of estrogen and progesterone.

-Testosterone therapy. Male hormones, such as testosterone, play an important role in female sexual function, even though testosterone occurs in much lower amounts in women.



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