We all experience peaks and valleys in our sex lives. However, if you have noticed that your libido just isn't what it used to be – and no amount of water based lube seems to help – it may be time to pay a visit to your doctor. Many women experience fluctuations in their sex drive as they grow older, and vaginal dryness can definitely throw a wrench in the works, but there is a chance that your diminished desire could be tied to an underlying medical condition.
Health magazine has touched on a few potential culprits for this shift, including:
Hormonal disruptions – "Menopause, breastfeeding, birth control pills and thyroid problems can dampen sexual desire," the source states.
Impaired blood flow – Various conditions including diabetes and hypertension can mean that the blood flow to more, ah, sensitive areas may be depleted. This can make it much more challenging to spark a bit of sexual intimacy with your partner.
Prescriptions – A sudden drop in libido may be a result of certain prescription medications, so review your current medications with your doctor to determine if diminished sex drive could be a side effect.
Identifying these factors is the first step to taking back control of your sex life. Everything from diet to stress to clutter can have an impact on your eagerness to get physical, so don't fret too much if you don't feel the same passion you used to. If medical issues aren't involved, you may even benefit from simply changing up positions, snacking on known aphrodisiacs and introducing stimulants like arousal gel to the mix.