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Lack of sex drive is common in women just like it is in men
Regain your youthful sex drive
A loss of libido is an unfortunate condition that affects millions of women regularly.
Women can experience a low sex drive at various stages of their life — younger women may experience it after the birth of a child in their 20’s and 30’s, perimenopausal women during their late 30s and 40s, and both menopausal and postmenopausal women throughout the rest of their lives.
Taking care of daily responsibilities, managing both a career and family, and sticking to a healthy diet can sometimes make it difficult to stay positive and happy — further causing a lack of sex drive.
A loss of libido is a complex phenomenon with psychological, relational, physical, and hormonal dimensions as unique as the women who experience them. The term libido has long been used to describe a person’s sexual drive and desire for sex. Loss of libido, medically termed Hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) is a reduction or lack of interest and desire in sexual activity. Many women with loss of libido find that they are less in touch with their sexuality. Sexual feelings come less frequently and an energy for sex drastically dwindles or disappears.
A decrease in sex drive can develop due to medical conditions or as the result of psychological or emotional issues.
Many factors can play a role in a woman’s drop in sex drive, which may be primarily caused by changes that are hormonal, physical, psychological, or relational. More specifically, some of the contributors to low female libido include decreased estrogen levels, vaginal dryness, lack of emotional intimacy, stress, and mood swings.
Inhibited sexual desire is a type of sexual dysfunction that affects both men and women. A reduction in sexual desire is most often associated with diminishing levels of testosterone in aging men, and menopausal transitions (reduced estrogen levels) in women who may also be sensitive to reduced testosterone levels. Chronic illnesses and chronic pain can also lead to a decrease in sex drive, likely through a combination of physical and psychological stressors. Additionally, certain medications such as antidepressants can also reduce libido.
The symptoms of low libido often mimic those experienced during menopause and afterwards, and can range from non-existent, to mild, to severe. Common menopausal symptoms include:
- Hot flashes
- Sleep disturbances (insomnia)
- Emotional changes, such as mood swings or irritability
- A change in sexual interest or response
- Problems with concentration and memory that may be linked to sleep loss and/or fluctuating hormones
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat (tachycardia)
After you stop having menstrual periods, you may get other post-menopausal symptoms, the most common including:
- Drying and thinning of the skin, caused by lower collagen production
- Vaginal and urinary tract changes
- Vaginal dryness, irritation, and itching
- An increased risk of vaginal and urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Pain during sexual activity
Scream Cream Treatment
Some medications work to increase vaginal lubrication and relax vaginal muscles, whereas others contain testosterone to increase sex drive or estrogen to improve sensation, lubrication, and sexual interest.
Topical libido enhancers are an appealing alternative to oral medications. Inconsistent dosing and possible side effects can be eliminated with topical creams that are applied locally to increase sensitivity and blood flow.
One of the products we prescribe is “Scream Cream”. This topical solution contains a combination of prescription and non-prescription components described as blood flow enhancers, vasodilators, and sexual stimulation enhancing hormones. Although the formulation can be tailored to each individual’s needs, one 0.25 mL dose generally contains the following ingredients:
- Can any other treatments offered at Cratus Medical address my loss of libido?
- While we can't address the mental symptoms of loss of libido with a physical treatment, we can help make sex and intimacy a more pleasurable experience for you.
Treatments like the O-Shot®, Viveve®, and FemiWave work to rejuvenate and tighten the vagina, increasing vaginal lubrication and sensitivity to provide more comfortable sex that feels more intense.
- Will you check for a hormone imbalance?
- As a sexual health doctor in Michigan, we offer a comprehensive approach to your symptoms. We can certainly run blood panels to test your hormone levels. If we find a deficit or imbalance, we can discuss your hormone replacement options.
As a sexual health doctor in Michigan, we offer a comprehensive approach to your symptoms
- I'm concerned about vaginal laxity after childbirth. What can help tighten my vagina?
- Two of the best treatments for vaginal tightening include FemiWave and Viveve.
These energy-based treatments stimulate collagen production deep in vaginal tissues to result in a tighter, rejuvenated vagina.
Use the Virtual Consultation Tool to learn about the different strategies that might work best for your unique needs. Then, make an appointment with our women’s sexual health doctor in Michigan.