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Causes of low libido in women
By Wambui Mbuthia | Updated Oct 10, 2017 at 09:23 EAT
Low libido frustrates a woman' partner
  • Just like men, women experience low libido issues.
  • There are several known causes for low sexual drive in women.

People are tailored to want things differently and there’s no definite measure of the amount of sex one desires to have. However, one can lose total interest in sex becoming a problem to them and their partner.

Low sex drive, also known as low libido, is the state of persistent and recurrent lack of interest in sex. This mostly results to personal distress brought about by not meeting one’s partner’s needs.

For women, this is known as hypo-active sexual desire disorder (HSDD) and is caused by a series of mental, physical and relationship issues. These include;

Medical condition

Illnesses like high blood pressure and recent surgeries may cause a woman to lose interest in sex. Although they are not sex-related, having them affect the way one responds to intimacy.

Alcohol and substance use

Too much alcohol, smoking and abuse of other drugs lowers libido.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

During and immediately after pregnancy, a woman’s hormones are still not back to their normal pattern. Things that usually arouse her under normal circumstances may not have the same effect during this period.


Different medications have different effects on different individuals. Some women react to anti-depressants with getting a lower sexual drive.


When a woman is transitioning to menopause, her estrogen levels go down which in turn kills her desire to have sex. The low estrogen also causes dryness of the vulva during sex which may be uncomfortable.

Relationship breakdown

Lack of communication causes emotional loneliness in which a woman doesn’t air her sexual needs, leaving her partner to guess. When this happens, her partner may not satisfy her, causing even more divide and less desire to get intimate.

Past bad sexual experiences

One bad sexual experience can leave one with a bad taste in their mouth. When this happens, a woman is reluctant to try again hence the low sexual drive.

Fatigue and Lack of time

A tight schedule often denies one the pleasure of having personal time. In such cases, intimacy looks like a task that needs to be listed on the ‘to do list’ for it to happen. This becomes mechanical and eventually kills ones libido.

While it is true that sexual drive differs from one individual to another, the above mentioned factors will definitely tell one what exactly is lowering hers.

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