What are the physical problems that cause a woman's sex drive to shift into low gear? Dr. Jennifer Wu, an OB/GYN at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, describes some of the medical causes for decreased libido, and what to do about them.
DENISE: Hello I’m Denise Richardson for howdini.com if your woman who’s finding that your sex drive is in neutral or worse there’s a variety or causes for a decreased libido. Some physical, and some emotional. So here to help us sort it all out is gynecologist Jennifer Wu. What happens when your feeling you just don’t want to have sex? When do you take it to the doctor as a medical problem?
JENNIFER: If patients are experiencing decreased libido ongoing for two to three months than I think they should then see a doctor, get a full medical check-up. The doctor will also probably explore whether there are problems in the relationship at the same time
DENISE: What are the possible medical causes?
JENNIFER: Patients having problems with their thyroid or depression or sleep disorder, medications, there are a million different factors that can affect libido.
DENISE: What about high blood pressure?
JENNIFER: Actually some of the notorious medications for decreased libido include antihypertisint medications and psychopathic medications.
DENISE: Are there certain groups that are more susceptible to decreased libido then other groups?
JENNIFER: We’ll often see women who are going through menopause; they may experience a decrease in libido because they’re having a shape decrease in estrogen and testosterone levels. They may also be experiencing vaginal dryness due to decreased estrogen, and that may make sex quite painful, which can also kill libido. In certain women that are post-pardon who’ve just delivered, they’re having a shift in hormones and they may also have some post-pardon depression If they are breast feeding their estrogen level might go down. They may also have painful sex.
DENISE: You’re talking about millions of women here?
JENNIFER: Decrease in libido is a common problem among demon and men, and there are many reasons for it. I think you need to investigate fully in medical causes before you pinpoint solely emotional causes.
DENISE: What about treatment?
JENNIFER: Often times when we correct an underlying medical condition like a thyroid disorder patients will start to feel better, have an increase in libido.
DENISE: Is it possible that you have a medical condition and an emotional condition going on simultaneously?
JENNIFER: It is a possibility; depression is a medical condition and a medical illness that can be treated with medication. And there is a lot of emotion involved with it and that can definitely affect libido.
DENISE: So the bottom line here is, if you’re not feeling like you want to have sex with your partner for an extended period of time, fill in this blank, What should you do?
JENNIFER: You should see your doctor, don’t be embarrassed about talking about libido, be very frank about whets going on in your life.
DENISE: Absolutely, Dr. Wu that you very much for being with us. I’m Denise Richardson for howdini.com
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