Female Lack of Interest in Sex
Top 10 Reasons Women Don't Want Sex
(courtesy of webmd.com)
A common theme that runs through questions on
the message boards, comments on the blog and other discussions across the
Internet concerns the reasons that
women are uninterested in having sex with their partners. In future
entries at this blog, I'll be expanding on each of these ten common causes:
Use of oral contraceptives. Some women will find that their sexual
drive is decreased by
the Pill (or any of the other hormonal approaches to birth control --
patch, ring, and shot)
Use of antidepressants. Not everyone experiences a decrease in
sexual desire, but many do.
Prolactin (the hormone that facilitates breastfeeding) decreases sexual
Lack of sleep. For most women, sleep comes before sex once the
relationship has been established.
Stress. Due to work, financial issues, educational stress, extended
family, and other important issues in life. When
stress is increased, many women do not see sex as a solution to it.
Disagreements with one's mate. Any relationship will bring with it
the challenges of conflicting feelings and desires. That can play itself out
Low levels of free testosterone. While knowing the level of
total testosterone in the bloodstream can be helpful, finding out the
free testosterone is very essential to discovering the possible
physiological causes of low female sexual desire.
High levels of SHBG. A woman with high levels of sex hormone binding
may have low sexual interest. This is because it combines with free
testosterone (making it "unavailable") and that decreases libido.
Fear of intimacy. The inability to handle
the level of intimacy that sex brings and maintains in a relationship is a
very common reason for a decrease in sexual desire for one's partner.
Body image. Women who view themselves as
unattractive to their mate and/or in their own mind's eye.