There’s no ‘normal’ when it comes to sexual desire. Libido differs from person to person and can fluctuate depending on a slew of factors – from the medications you take to the status of your relationship. But what it really comes down to is how each individual woman feels about her personal situation. “If a woman perceives her sex drive as decreased and it distresses her, this can have a huge impact on her self-image and relationship with her partner,” says gynaecologist Dr Lisa M. Valle, an expert in libido and arousal issues in women. On the flip side, if you’re happy and totally unconcerned about your libido, “It is not known to be detrimental to health or quality of life,” says gynaecologist Dr Raquel Dardik.  Still, if your low libido is persistent, it could be an indication of a health or psychological issue. 

While there’s no medical definition of a ‘healthy’ sex drive, there’s little doubt that some people experience a stronger desire than others, and that certain lifestyle or health factors can play a significant role in that. Here are the most common causes of low libido in women – and when to see your doctor about it.


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