Q I’ve been suffering from low libido lately. What could be the cause?
A Lack of interest in sex, or decreased libido, is the most common sexual problem in women. Generally, a woman’s libido is affected by the emotional tone of her relationship. If her relationship is emotionally fulfilling, she will have more of a desire for sex, so relationship discord is a common cause of low libido. Other causes of low libido include poor communication between partners, stress at home or in the workplace, illness, painful sex, and menopause – the time when women experience a drop in their levels of estrogen and testosterone, two hormones that play a crucial role in sexual desire. A woman in an abusive relationship might also have low libido. Once these issues are addressed and resolved, most women can regain sexual desire and resume a healthy sexual relationship.