While male sex drive is easy to define and relatively easy to restore, that’s often not the case for women. Because the female sex drive is multifactorial, the desire to make love is not only influenced by physical issues, but emotional ones as well.
Part of the desire to make love is clearly physical, but part is also emotional. Depression can make a difference, so can any emotional issue in a woman’s life; female sex drive is very multidimensional. While emotions are frequently behind a loss of sex drive in younger women, doctors say it is frequently the aging process itself that’s causes changes in desire in women over age 45.
The very fact that a woman is no longer ovulating regularly, or not ovulating at all, automatically takes her sex drive down a few notches
Female sexual dysfunction occurs when a woman is not able to fully, healthily, and pleasurably experience some or all of the various physical stages the body normally experiences during sexual activity. These stages can be broadly thought of as the desire phase, the arousal phase, and the orgasm phase. Sexual dysfunction also includes painful intercourse.
In women, sexual dysfunction takes many forms and has numerous causes. It is important to address all the aspects of a woman’s sexuality whether physical, psychological, physiological , mechanical, or interpersonal in order to resolve the problems.
Female sexual dysfunction is actually quite common. It has been estimated that about 40% of women are affected by sexual dysfunction to some degree, and approximately 1 in 4 women are unable to achieve orgasm
Causes of Female Sexual Dysfunction
Female sexual dysfunction may be related to physical factors, psychological factors, or a mixture of both. It can also be a matter of problems with technique: Some women never fully experience sexual arousal and orgasm because they or their partners lack sexual knowledge.
They may not understand how female sex organs respond or are stimulated, or don’t use appropriate arousal techniques.
Conflict, tension, and incompatibility with a sexual partner can cause sexual dysfunction. Depression may be a cause, and stress a contributing factor. Medications, including oral contraceptives, antihypertensive, antidepressants, and tranquilizers are very common causes of sexual dysfunction.Also, the use of oral contraceptives can decrease a woman’s interest in sex. If you’re taking any of these medications, talk to your doctor about its possible contribution to sexual problems
The same time, sexual dysfunction has a strong interpersonal component. A person’s view of their own sexuality is largely influenced by culture, society, and personal experience. It may be intimately connected to their own or society’s ideas about the appropriate or inappropriate expression of sexual behaviour.
These feelings may cause anxiety because of a personal or cultural association of sexual experience and pleasure with immorality and bad behaviour. Anxiety is then expressed physically by the body in a way that prevents normal sexual function.
Anxiety can do this, for example, by stopping or slowing the state of sexual excitement that allows for the lubrication or moistening of the female genitalia – an important step towards fulfilling forms of sexual activity.