Libido - Women

Libido - Women

Sex is more than just a slice of happiness. It's a major health booster, too. Keeping sexually active increases your lifespan, helps you lose weight, strengthens your muscles, drops your cholesterol levels and even fights cancer, among many other benefits. But one thing's clear, you have to do it regularly if you don't want to lose the ability. 'Use it or lose it' is the recommended advice. But sometimes, that's easier said than done.

For 13 years after the arrival of Viagra, the pharmaceutical industry has been desperately searching for the female version of the little blue pill. Whereas more than 50% of men aged 40-70 years suffer from low libido, the problem is, in fact, far more prevalent in women.

Female sexual dysfunction, commonly referred to as frigidity, can be attributed to various sexual disorders such as low sexual desire, finding it difficult to become aroused and have an orgasm, and experiencing pain during intercourse, as well as various medications, chronic diseases and aging. Menopause, for example, is a primary reason why a female can become 'frosty' as she produces fewer sex hormones. Testosterone is important for sex drive, while estrogen is essential for lubrication. Without them, sex can literally be a pain.

A woman's libido is as fragile as her psyche and so much more complex than male sexuality. "We're not mini-men," says Beverly Whipple, Vice President of the World Association for Sexology. "We don't fit into the male model of sexual response of 'desire, arousal and orgasm'." Relationships, self-esteem, finances, emotions and much more play a deciding role on a woman's desire. However, doctors are trying to distinguish female sexual dysfunction as a standalone biological condition, like the female equivalent of erectile dysfunction. And they believe that, before too long, there'll be a treatment available for it.


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