Are hormones to blame for low sex drive?


Q: Are hormones to blame for low sex drive?

April 22, 2015

A woman’s sexual desires fluctuate over the years, and it’s common that physiological changes during menopause might cause a woman’s interest in sex to wane. We also have to realize that exhaustion from work, caring for young children and caring for aging parents can contribute to low sex drive. There are many reasons why you might be experiencing decreased interest in sex. Among the medical reasons, a decrease in estrogen levels during menopause can contribute to dryer vaginal tissue, causing discomfort and pain during sex.

Your body goes through major changes during menopause, and your hormones can take a roller coaster ride during this transitional time.  Low sex drive can be linked to a hormone imbalance, and there are many things to consider. Estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone are key players in maintaining nerve transmission, blood flow, and healthy tissues. An imbalance in hormones can easily lead to changes in sexual response. For example, normal estrogen levels increase blood flow to sexually sensitive areas. Decreasing estrogen can hinder nerve impulses during sex, making us less responsive to touch. Low estrogen and low testosterone cause thinning of the lining of the vagina which can cause sex to be uncomfortable or painful.  For some women, just the thought of having sex can stop desire because sex has become so uncomfortable for them.

Balancing the hormones is key. Even a thyroid dysfunction can hamper sexual response. So, if you’re noticing low sex drive you may want to consider having your hormones checked to see if your hormones are a possible cause and perhaps work on correcting the imbalance. If low sex drive is bothering you, talk to your doctor about the best way for you to find some answers.


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