Low libido, or reduced sexual desire, can affect women at different ages. It is not unusual for a person’s interest in sex to fluctuate over different periods of their life due to hormonal changes, age, and stress. It is estimated that a third of women between the ages of 18-59 experience a loss of sexual desire, making low sex drive the most common sexual dysfunction condition among women.
In general, sex drive decreases gradually with age, and women are two to three times more likely to be affected by a decline in sex drive as they age than men. The effect of age differs by individual: some women experience a big decrease in sexual desire beginning in their midlife years, others notice no change, and a few report increased interest in sex at midlife. Those women whose desire increases may feel liberated by their new freedom from contraception or by newly found privacy if their children have recently left home.
The desire for sex is complex, as it is multifaceted and based on the interaction of several factors affecting intimacy including physical and emotional well-being, experiences, beliefs, lifestyle, and one's current relationship status. If you are concerned about low libido, Dr. Molden and her all female staff are experts in intimacy issues and sexual dysfuction. Set up a private consultation to discuss your options.