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What is libido?
Libido, also termed sex drive, is defined as a person’s overall sexual drive or desire for sexual activity. A healthy sex drive and sex life form a very important part of an intimate relationship. Changes in the level of desire from either partner, if it is not discussed and resolved, can lead to relationship problems with either partner either feeling guilty, rejected or frustrated. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) which is used internationally as the authoritative classification of psychiatric disorders, female sexual interest/arousal disorder was introduced as a new and recognized disorder. In other words low female libido is both a common and recognized condition.
The causes of low libido, in both men and women, can be divided into physical, medical, and psychological or emotional. Examples of physical conditions that will negatively affect libido are diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis as well as serious diseases such as cancer or coronary disease. Studies have found that up to 50% of women over 40 suffer from low libido, disinterest in sex and / or an inability to achieve orgasm.
Unhealthy lifestyle choices will also affect libido. Although a nice glass of wine may help amorous feelings develop too much alcohol will lessen libido and also cause other physical problems that will make enjoyable sex harder to achieve. Smoking decreases blood-flow which dampens arousal and a bad diet will not give you the levels of health and energy needed to have great sex. Medications especially some anti-depressants are also know to be libido killers.