Decreased Sex Drive

Cheryl Razdan, MD -  - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Cheryl Razdan, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Tulsa, OK

If you’re experiencing decreased sex drive (libido) that’s interfering with your overall sense of satisfaction and well-being, Cheryl Razdan, MD, can help. Dr. Razdan is a board-certified OB/GYN specialist who is highly respected for her comprehensive approach to women’s health care issues, including problems with decreased libido. Schedule your appointment today at her practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Call the office or book your visit online.

Decreased Sex Drive Q & A

What is decreased libido?

Libido refers to a person’s overall desire for sexual activity. Every woman is unique. What’s considered “normal” libido varies greatly and sexual drive can fluctuate naturally. This makes it difficult to apply a general definition to when libido is decreased and when it’s not.

Generally, however, symptoms of low libido may include:

  • Little to no interest in sexual activity, including masturbation
  • Rarely having sexual fantasies or thoughts
  • Concern over lack of sexual activity or fantasies

Overall, your satisfaction or dissatisfaction with your level of sexual drive is what defines “decreased” libido.

What causes a decreased sex drive?

A woman’s sexual desire is complex and influenced by many emotional and physical factors. The physical and emotional demands of parenting, work, and your social life can decrease sex drive.

One of the most common physical reasons for a decreased sex drive relates to hormone imbalances. When estrogen levels drop due to menopause, pregnancy, childbirth, or another hormonal disorder, your libido may decrease.

Other issues that contribute to low sexual desire include:

  • Vaginal dryness or other problems that interfere with your sexual pleasure or ability to achieve orgasm
  • Medical conditions such as arthritis, cancer, high blood pressure, and neurological diseases
  • Medications, including antidepressants, antihistamines, and decongestants
  • Excessive alcohol intake, smoking, or illicit drug use

In addition to the physical causes of decreased libido, emotional issues like anxiety, depression, a poor body image, or low self-esteem can decrease your sexual desire. Feeling a lack of connection with your partner, poor communication about sexual needs, or trust issues can also contribute to low libido.

How is a decreased sex drive treated?

Dr. Razdan offers a comprehensive consultation to get to the root cause of your decreased sex drive, including a physical exam, detailed discussion regarding your symptoms, careful review of your medications, lab work to check hormone levels, and other diagnostic studies as necessary.  

Depending on the reason for decreased libido, your treatment may include:

  • MonaLisa Touch® to revitalize vaginal health
  • O-Shot®
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Practical steps you can take to reduce stress
  • Nutritional changes, increased physical activity, and other measures to help improve your overall health

For answers regarding decreased libido in a professional, caring environment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Razdan today. Call the office or book your visit online.