One of the most common sexual complaints amongst women (and their partners) arise from having zero to minimal levels of sexual interest. Low levels of interest or desire can be both with partners and/or on their own.

The condition has been estimated as affecting as many as one third of women of all ages, cultures, and in all forms of sexual relationships. And it’s not solely sex that can be affected. Women that experience low levels of sexual desire will frequently avoid many additional forms of intimate contact with partners including even the most basic forms of intimacy (such as kissing and cuddling).

Sexual arousal problems can sometimes be very complex to treat as they frequently can be triggered or brought about by a variety of different elements – sexual, medical, relationship dynamics, physiological and psychological.

There can be many factors that lead women towards experiencing low levels of sexual desire. Some of these can be health related - for example, issues relating to hormones, menopause, depression, anxiety, as well as medical treatments for cancer and/or chronic illness.

Alcohol, drug use and some medications (such as hormonal contraceptives or those used to treat anxiety and depression) can also sometimes negatively affect levels of sexual desire, as can hormone imbalances.

Other reasons for low levels of sexual desire relate to problems within relationships. Chronic levels of fighting between partners, cheating or partner infidelity, significant changes to family structures (e.g. the birth of children) are but a few of the conditions found to have negative effects of levels of female sexual desire.

Low sexual desire may also be influenced by other forms of sexual dysfunction such as painful sex, inability to orgasm as well as sexual problems specific to partners. These may include problems relating to erection anxiety, premature ejaculation, poor sexual technique as well as low levels of sexual communication.

Women suffer, and so do their partners

Female low sex drive is also very much a huge problem for couples and intimate relationships between partners.

Research now shows that the partners of women with sexual desire issues are also more likely to suffer from decreased levels of sexual satisfaction, reduced sexual desire, stress and in some cases, depression. Low levels of female sexual desire are often cited as being one of the leading causes of relationship conflict and /or breakdown amongst married couples.

How a FemTherapy Sex Therapist can help you if you have low sex drive

Women with low levels of libido need not despair. Depending upon the cause(s), much can be done to aid women (and their partners) in overcoming low levels of sexual desire.

In our experience, many women can often experience returns of sexual desire once root causes are identified and corrected. A combination of sex therapy and psychological treatment can often be successful in helping women to increase levels of sexual appetite as well as to reconnect with sensations of sexual pleasure and intimacy with their partners. With correct assessment and treatment, sexual desire, passion, and most importantly sexual enjoyment can be restored.