Sex drive problems are so often a product of how you feel and what
you've experienced that there is something to that "headache" saying
after all. It's said that the brain is the most powerful sexual organ,
and that goes for both men and women.
The most common psychological reasons for disinterest in sex include:
Cultural factors, such as the way you were raised to think about sex
Conflict with your partner
A history of sexual trauma such as abuse or assault
Stress and psychological health
also has physiological effects. "Chronic stress changes hormones," says
Michael Krychman, MD, executive director of the Southern California
Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine in Newport Beach,
Calif. "And hormones affect sex drive."
Either way, treatment of psychologically based sex drive problems can be very effective.
Talk therapy A certified sex therapist can sit down
with you (and your partner, if you have one) and work at finding hidden
issues that may be affecting your sex drive.
"Some people have trauma they don’t even realize they’ve
had," says Marjorie Green, MD, director of the Mount Auburn Female
Sexual Medicine Center in Cambridge, Mass., and a clinical instructor
at Harvard Medical School. "And sometimes people think that there isn’t
a problem in a relationship and there is."
addition to individual and couples counseling and any nonmedical
therapeutic techniques, antidepressant medication may be prescribed.
Some antidepressants may add to sex drive difficulties, so it’s
important to work closely with your doctor so that the prescription can
be tailored to your needs.
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