Where Did My Libido Go?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 1:00 PM

Lately does it seem like your partner wants sex more than you? Have you been saying no more than yes? While research shows that "the male sex drive is stronger than the female sex drive,"; there are still ways for you to get back that loving feeling. Below we answer your burning questions about sex drive and explain steps you can take to try to increase your libido.

What are the symptoms of a low sex drive?

The Mayo Clinic list signs and symptoms of a low sex drive in a woman as:

What is considered a low sex drive?

There's no magic number for a low or a high sex drive. According to Psychology Today,

What causes a low sex drive?

There are many reasons for a low sex drive, it's not caused by one thing. It can be a physical issue, a mental issue or a combination of both. Dr. Lissa Rankin lists the following contributing factors that may explain why you're having a hard time getting in the mood lately:

How can I boost my libido?

Try these five tips to help boost your sex drive.

  1. Hit the Sack: Turns out you'll get more than just beauty rest when you spend more time sleeping. Research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine reveals that a "longer sleep duration was related to greater next-day sexual desire, and that a 1-hour increase in sleep length corresponded to a 14% increase in odds of engaging in partnered sexual activity."

  2. Explore Your Own Body: Don't be afraid to discover the variety of sensations and deeper satisfaction a sex toy can deliver. "Vibrators allow women to experience the full range of their sexual responsiveness, and to become more comfortable with their erotic selves. Greater self-knowledge learned with a vibrator usually helps women respond to other types of sexual play," says Michael Castleman M.A. of Psychology Today.

  3. Try a Sleepover: Even if you only slip away to a local hotel a few miles from home, sometimes a night away from the stresses of daily life is all you need to re-ignite a spark.

  4. Get Moving: "Regular exercise can help your sexual performance by keeping your heart in shape. Thirty minutes a day of sweat-breaking exercise, such as running and swimming, can do wonders to boost your libido." Don't miss these five workouts that may also improve your sex life.

  5. Take a Trip to the Pharmacy: For men "replacement therapy with any of the various testosterones available can boost libido," says M. Leon Seard, II, MD on WebMD. Last year the first medication designed to treat women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) was approved by the FDA. It's important