Losing Your Libido Is Common, and That’s Why We Asked This Doctor to Explain It

By Kelly Dawson | Originally Published Aug 17, 2018 on .My Domaine | Featuring Dr. Sherry Ross

It’s no surprise to any adult that sex can be spotted everywhere. It’s used in everyday ads and as major plot points. It’s in casual conversations and front-page headlines. Sex can seem so ubiquitous, so basic, that when a problem in this arena arises—like a loss of libido—it can feel isolating.

“Forty percent of women never share this information with their health care provider,” Sherry A. Ross, MD, women’s health expert, and author of She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women’s Intimate Health says. “The medical community and female patients have a difficult time bringing up problems related to sex and what common concerns they are experiencing.”

Given that millions of women have experienced a loss of libido, which Ross simply defines as a lack of desire, feeling this way is common even if it’s rarely discussed. In order to feel less alone in navigating through it, we asked Ross to describe the potential causes of it, and what to do if you find yourself in this physical, emotional, and mental space.

“Let’s face it: A woman’s sex drive is complicated and often challenging to understand,” she says. “Women’s sexual desire and appetite begins in that great organ above the shoulders, the brain, rather than the one below the waist. The daily stresses of work, money, children, relationships, and diminished energy are common issues contributing to low libido in women.”

Aside from those emotional stressors, physical changes can be a determinant, too. These five reasons may contribute to a loss of libido, Ross says.

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