Low sex drive in women has many potential causes, including underlying medical issues, emotional or psychological problems, or work- and family-related stress. The good news is that identifying the root cause of low libido can lead to effective treatment options. It is not unusual for couples to have a disparity in their sex drives. More often than not, in a heterosexual relationship, it's the woman who has the lower libido , according to research published by the Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA. This can be distressing for both partners and even put the relationship at risk if it can't be resolved.
Women with low libido could soon get a "little pill" of their own that aims to improve their sex life. Last week, an expert panel voted to recommend that the Food and Drug Administration FDA approve a drug called flibanserin, which is touted as boosting women's desire for sex. If the FDA decides the drug is safe and effective, it could soon find its way into bedrooms across the United States. Instead, the drug purportedly works by amping up the brain's levels of dopamine and serotonin — two chemicals known to induce sex-related feelings, such as motivation, appetite and desire. However, sexual desire is complicated, and some experts aren't sure that a pill is really the cure for an ailing female mojo. There are lots of things that can quell a woman's desire to have sex, Kavaler told Live Science.
FDA approves new sex drive drug, giving women more options for boosting their libidos
In fact, up to 43 percent of women experience low libido, while roughly 10 percent deal with hypoactive sexual desire disorder HSDD , or a lack of interest in sex, according to a review of research. Some common culprits for low libido: You just went through a major life change like starting a new job or moving to a different city , started a new medication, or have an underlying medical condition stalling your sex drive. Ready to heat things up again? Here are 10 things you can do to boost your sex drive.