We like to think that when we are young, our sex lives are amazing. But, according to women’s health expert Marla Ahlgrimm, approximately 25% of women in their early sexual years, between 21 and 30, actually have a low sex drive. When looked at a broader scale, women between 21 and 80, around 66% reported some level of female sexual dysfunction.
Hypoactive sexual drive
Marla Ahlgrimm explains that the most common female sexual function is hypoactive sexual drive. This is a lack of sexual desire and is considered a disorder when this low libido takes a toll on your emotional health. Women with hypoactive sexual drive may not even have fantasies or may shun their partner’s sexual advances altogether.
Hypoactive sexual drive can be caused by any number of factors, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Most commonly, it’s triggered by anxiety, problems within your relationship, self-esteem and body issue, or sex hormone imbalance.
There other sex-related disorders that women suffer from. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that not being able to have intercourse, either due to pain or lubrication problems, affects around 17% of women. Approximately 12% of women report never having an orgasm.
Marla Ahlgrimm explains that treatment for any type of sexual dysfunction has to begin with figuring out the root cause. If it’s hormones, hormone therapy treatment might be in order. Issues with self-esteem or body dysmorphia may require counseling and lifestyle changes to improve a woman’s self-image.
Ultimately, women deserve to enjoy sex just as men. But, with around one in four reporting no desire or pleasure from intercourse, sexual dysfunction is a huge problem that tends to affect the fairer sex moreso than our male counterparts.
If you are a woman concerns about your sex life, talk to your doctor. It might be an embarrassing issue to have, but it’s one you don’t have to live with.