Decreased Libido in Women: Care Instructions

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A decreased libido means you have less desire to have sex. It may be hard for you to get sexually excited or have an orgasm. This is a common problem for women.

Many things can cause this problem. And for a lot of women, there is more than one cause.

In some cases, a woman's sex life is affected by normal changes in her body. These include having a baby and menopause.

This problem can also be caused by a medicine you take. Or your vagina could be dry. Or you might have a vaginal infection. And sometimes, there are issues between you and your partner that affect your sex drive.

Many women can have a healthy sex drive again after the problem is found. Your doctor may do tests to see if you have a vaginal infection. He or she may ask you questions about your sex life. For treatment to work well, it is important to trust your doctor. Be honest about your feelings toward sex. Your sex partner may want to be involved with your treatment.

If you take medicine for depression, ask your doctor about changing to a medicine that does not affect sexual desire.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take. This includes vitamins, herbal remedies, and other natural health products.
  • Use vaginal lubricant during sex. Examples are Astroglide and K-Y Jelly.
  • Increase the time you and your partner spend touching each other before sex. This is called foreplay.
  • Before sex, take a warm bath. This can relax you and reduce stress or anxiety.
  • Enjoy other types of sexual activity, not just intercourse.
  • Be honest with your sex partner about what you enjoy during sex.

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