Female sex desire is a complex multifactorial interaction and is affected by physical and mental health, experiences, lifestyle and quality of the relationship.

Causes of low sex drive in women:

Organic causes:

  • Sexual dysfunctions: pain during intercourse or inability to achieve orgasm may affect sexual desire
  • Organic or systemic diseases: several conditions can compromise sexual drive, such as arthritis, cancer, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, neurological diseases
  • Medication: specific medications, such as anti-depressants and antiepileptic drugs can noticeably reduce sex drive
  • Lifestyle: smoking and alcohol abuse can severely affect libido
  • Surgeries: mastectomy or procedures on the genitalia can affect sexual drive due to physical appearance changes

Hormonal causes:

Menopause and breastfeeding can have an impact on libido as a consequence of the hormonal changes occurring during these states.

Psychological causes:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Poor physical appearance
  • Low self-esteem
  • Negative experiences

Causes associated with the relationship:

  • Lack of communication
  • Lack of trust
  • Lack of emotional bonding