Sexual dysfunction is not uncommon in women, even younger women. One type of sexual dysfunction is a low libido or low sex drive. Causes of low libido in young women can vary greatly, with many factors contributing to the problem. Once it is diagnosed, most of the underlying problems can be corrected with appropriate treatment. If your libido is low and affects the quality of your life, see a gynecologist to pinpoint the cause and suggest a treatment. Here are some of the general causes of low libido in young women.
Negative Self Image
Negative self-image is a libido killer. Weight gain can make some women feel less attractive and unwilling to participate in sexual activity. Negative self-image can also occur when a woman is hypercritical about her figure. Becoming fixated on breast size or being unhappy with other parts of the body can mentally lower the libido. Negative self-image can also be the result of past verbal, physical and sexual abuse.
Hormonal changes in the female body can affect the sex drive–namely, changes in the levels of the hormones estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA. As a woman begins her monthly menstruation, she may find her libido is lower. This can be due to an imbalance in any of the hormone levels. Pregnancy will also cause hormonal changes in women that affect their desire for sex. After giving birth, hormones shift again. Any of these periods in a young woman’s life can create a metabolic upheaval that contributes to low libido.
The thyroid is a tiny organ in the neck. When the thyroid slows, the entire body is affected, including metabolism and the functions of organs. Underperforming thyroid, called hypothyroidism, can diminish a young woman’s sex drive. Hypothyroidism can also cause significant weight gain and feelings of depression, both of which can lower libido.
Young women who develop diabetes may experience low libido. Diabetes is a condition in which blood cells cannot properly process the sugars found in food. Type 3 or gestational diabetes can occur when a young woman becomes pregnant. Another type of diabetes that affects younger women is type 2, which can also affect menstruation and hormonal levels.
Prescription medications and even over-the-counter treatments can adversely affect the libido. Antidepressants, birth control pills, drugs that lower blood pressure and allergy medications can all diminish a young woman’s libido. If you aren’t sure about your medication then you should check with your doctor. Prescription medicines are definitely a culprit in low libido issues. Ask your doctor about possible drug interactions that may be lowering your sex drive.