Low sex drive in women, along with loss of libido in men, is most often caused by psychological factors rather than a physical problem. The major exemption to this is women who have undergone menopause and have seen a rapid decrease in estrogen production. But in younger women, most of the problems lie with self-confidence, stress or with relationship problems with the partner. For this reason, the majority of the treatments for a low sex drive involve counseling which seeks to resolve relationship or self-confidence issues. There are also several things that all women can do if they want to increase their sex drive on their own.
1. Exercise - The benefits of exercise to a woman's sex drive are huge and range from physical pleasure to self-confidence. As a woman exercises, especially the muscles in the pelvic and abdominal area, she is more likely to physically be able to enjoy sex and control the areas where pleasure occurs. The more physically pleasurable sex becomes, the more likely the individual is to want it in the future. Another benefit of sex is that fitness and weight loss both improve self-confidence. As pounds and fat disappear, most women will become less inhibited about sharing their bodies with their spouses.
2. Nutrition - Not only because of the weight loss benefits already described, but also because a proper diet helps reduce stress and provides the energy necessary for sexual activities. Proper nutrition and exercise will greatly reduce the instances where you feel too tired for sexual intercourse. Also many vitamins and minerals are necessary for your body to properly regulate hormone production. A decrease in certain hormones, especially estrogen and testosterone in women has been shown to decrease sexual desires.
3. Depression - Clinical depression has long been known to have a major symptom of loss of sex drive. Women who suspect they are suffering from clinical depression should consult a doctor. The administering of antidepressant medications have been shown to have large benefits for increasing the sex drive of women. In fact, the FDA has been asked to consider allowing doctors to prescribe antidepressants as a ´cure´ for low sex drive in women. This isn't likely to happen any time soon though.
4. Estrogen Therapy - This is mainly for post-menopausal women, but certain disorders may give younger women abnormally low estrogen levels also. Testosterone therapy, while it will increase sex drive in women, is not recommended because there are too many side effects including greatly increased cancer rates as well as more embarrasing problems such as excess hair growth.
While pharmaceutical and hormonal therapies are effective in some cases, the majority of cases of low sex drive result because the woman has issues with stress, her self-confidence, or with her partner. These should always be explored first if you are attempting to increase your sex drive, as in most cases, they will lead to a healthier you and a healthier relationship.