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Female Sex Drive: What Is Considered Normal?

Female Sex Drive: What Is Considered Normal?

When you hear the term "normal sex drive," what do you think of? Do you imagine a woman who's always ready for a little late-night rendezvous or an afternoon "quickie?" When we hold ourselves to such a high standard, we'll probably end up feeling like we're falling short of expectations, even when that's not necessarily true.

Sex drive (also commonly referred to as libido) is a term that refers to a person's desire to be sexually intimate. A high libido indicates an increase in desire for sex, while a low libido means just the opposite. Some women experience consistently high libido levels while others may struggle with low libido throughout their lives. So what makes the difference?

What Is a Healthy Sex Drive and What Roles Do Hormones Play?

As women, we all want to think we're goddesses in the bedroom, but the reality is that some of us may struggle at various times with our sexual desire, leaving us wondering, "Why is my sex drive low?"

When it comes to sexual desire, there's no one-size-fits-all answer. Generally speaking, a healthy sex drive means that you have a desire to engage in sexual activity that feels satisfying and fulfilling for you. As women, we all want to feel confident and fulfilled in our sexual experiences, but it's important to recognize that hormonal changes can significantly impact our sex drives.

A healthy female sex drive can vary from woman to woman and change throughout our lives due to factors such as age, overall health, and hormonal fluctuations. Hormones like estrogen and testosterone play a crucial role in regulating sexual desire in women, and imbalances or deficiencies can lead to issues with low libido and difficulties with arousal.

Understanding the role of hormones can help us identify and address any underlying issues, so we can enjoy satisfying and fulfilling sexual experiences. Remember, sex should be a fun and enjoyable experience, so if you're struggling with your sex drive, don't hesitate to seek help and find what works best for you and your partner. If you're not feeling it, there's no need to force it.

But it's also important to know that some of us may deal with occasional or persistent sexual issues, such as consistently low libido and difficulties with arousal. When this happens, we'll want to get to the bottom of the issue so we can make our lives in the bedroom as satisfying as possible.

While many elements combine to help create each of our unique sex drives, some things tend to differentiate women who identify as highly sexual from women with lower levels of desire.

What Are Common Causes of Higher Sex Drive?

Some women seem to always be in the mood for sex. Many complex factors contribute to a higher sex drive, some possible reasons for a robust libido include:

  • Exercise. Women who exercise frequently are more likely to experience increased sexual desire than women who live sedentary lifestyles.
  • Decreased stress. When we lower our stress levels, we are more likely to feel sexually aroused more frequently. Reducing stress also leads to improved mental health, so it's well worth getting rid of as many stressors as possible in our lives. Easier said than done, right? Try starting small by eliminating activities or responsibilities that are unnecessary and don't contribute to your overall sense of well-being.
  • Adjusting medications. Some medications are known to kill your sex drive. If you're taking beta-blockers, SSRIs, antidepressants, or birth control, you may be able to blame them for your sudden lack of sexual motivation. Adjusting your medications or slowly going off of certain medications (with the green light from your healthcare provider, of course) can lead to a boost in sexual desire. Or, if you've recently been put on one of these medications, keep in mind that you may experience low sexual desire until your body adjusts to them.
  • Improved mental health. Have you ever noticed how your sexual desire seems to improve after losing a few pounds, getting a promotion, or experiencing a happy occasion in your life? That's because an improved mood and mental health almost always lead to an increase in female libido. So if you're struggling with your sexual function, get out there and do things that make you happy!
  • Good sexual partner. It takes two to tango (if you know what we mean). If you're having a hard time feeling "into it" when engaging in sexual intercourse, your sexual partner may be partially to blame. He may not know what type of preparation you need to maintain optimal sexual function, or he may be a little too focused on getting to his own "big bang" moment. For those of us who need extra help fostering sexual interest, it's important to let our intimate partners know what we need in the bedroom. Good sex often begins with good talk. 
  • Menstrual cycle. When we think of our sexual desire, our menstrual cycle is probably the furthest thing from our minds. But where we are at in our cycle can have a big impact on our female sexuality. There is a sweet spot in the ovarian cycle that usually comes right before, during, or right after ovulation.
  • Natural supplements. Mixhers offers an all-natural solution to help relieve stress, support sex-drive hormones, and increase sensitivity and sensation. Herpleasure includes active ingredients like beet root, inositol, maca, fenugreek, and pomegranate.

Increased sexual desire isn't a problem unless it's so pronounced that it interferes with our ability to live life normally. Otherwise, if you have periods of increased female sexual desire, have fun with it!

What Are Common Causes of Decreased Libido?

Though most of us probably wish we had a higher than average sexual desire, the truth is that many of us women struggle to maintain good sexual health. It's more common for women to experience periods of decreased sex drive than the opposite scenario.

Everyone's situation is different, but here are some of the more common causes of low sexual desire in women:

  • Changes in hormones. A variety of hormones that stimulate the female sex drive, including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Higher levels of estrogen and progesterone are generally associated with increased women's sexual desire. Testosterone is also closely linked to libido control in both men and women. While you may think of testosterone as primarily a male hormone, the fact is that women rely on healthy testosterone levels to maintain good sexual health, as well.
  • Menopause. It's common for a lot of things to slow down as we age, including our sex hormone levels, desire, and activity. As our testosterone level decreases and our estrogen level fizzles, we may start to feel less excited about a romp in the hay with our significant other.

    However, it's also important to note that a woman's libido can fluctuate quite a bit throughout her life. So even if you don't feel like having a lot of sexual activity now, you may experience a peak in your sexual drive a month or year from now. Generally, however, sexual intimacy tends to trend downward once you reach age 60.  

  • Poor mental health. Research shows that depression, anxiety, and other similar mental health conditions tend to impact our sexual behavior. Those who struggle with mental health have a higher risk of sexual dysfunction than others. Sexual dysfunction simply refers to any problem that occurs during any aspect of sexual activity. It can also refer to any problem that arises during the sexual response cycle of excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution.
  • Pregnancy. Pregnancy turns your hormones inside-out and upside-down. During pregnancy, testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone levels fluctuate frequently. These changes can cause us to get hangry, tired, moody, and prone to "headaches" when our lover wants to heat things up.
  • Chronic conditions. Heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions can lead to female sexual dysfunction. If you have any of these conditions, consider talking with your doctor about what you can do to improve your sexual functioning and enjoyment.
  • Relationship dissatisfaction. No matter how healthy your mind and body may be, you may experience decreased sexual desire due to dissatisfaction with your relationship. If your partner isn't treating you well or if you doubt your worth to him or her, you're more likely to experience sexual problems such as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (which is a fancy term for saying you rarely want sex).
  • Medications. Some medications and treatments are known to cause sexual concern due to their impact on libido. These include antidepressants, female hormonal contraceptives, beta-blockers, and chemotherapy.

How Can I Maintain a Healthy Sex Drive?

    Maintaining a healthy sex drive is essential for our overall well-being as women. While various factors can influence our sexual desire, hormones play a crucial role in regulating it. Hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone affect our libido levels, and any changes in their balance can lead to fluctuations in our sex drive.

    It's important to prioritize our hormonal health through lifestyle choices, medical treatments, regular check-ups, and smart use of supplements that will support and enhance your body's sex drive rather than suppress it. 


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