Libido is conscious or unconscious sexual desire. Loss of libido is a sexual dysfunction relating to loss of sexual desire or sexual drive and is also termed hypoactive sexual desire disorder (DSM-IV). Loss of libido must not be confused with other sexual dysfunctions as these can impair libido.Contrary to beliefs that problems surrounding female sexuality are psychological in nature, Recent research has discovered that many forms of female sexual dysfunction often are the result of low hormonal levels. Hormones are directly responsible for female sex drive and libido. Loss of libido can lead to difficulty in intimate relationships and contribute to marital problems.
Physical factors contributing to sexual problems include:
Drugs, such as alcohol, nicotine, narcotics, stimulants, antihypertensives (medicines that lower blood pressure), antihistamines, and some psychotherapeutic (drugs that treat psychological problems such as depression) drugs
- Emotional conditions
- General stress
- Normal relationship
- Fear of pregnancy
- Relationship problems
- Depressive conditions
- Post-natal depression
- Homosexuality - reduced libido regarding the opposite gender.
- Illness - a current illness
- Recent physical illness - recovery phase of an illness can still have reduced libido.
- Physical sexual performance conditions
- Painful intercourse
- Recent childbirth - causes both emotional changes reducing libido, and physical injury related to a vaginal birth.
Sexual problems (see Sexual symptoms)
- Vaginal dryness
- Medical conditions
- Hormonal conditions
- Low testosterone
- Glandular fever
- Any medical condition causing fatigue, tiredness, etc
Certain illicit drugs (see Drug abuse)
- Marijuana - a form of cannabis
Garlic: Garlic is one of the most remarkable home remedies in the treatment of sexual disorder & loss of libido. It is a natural and harmless aphrodisiac. Garlic has a pronounced aphrodisiac effect.
Drumstick: A soup made with drumstick flowers boiled in milk is very useful as a sexual tonic in the treatment of loss of libido. It is also useful in the functional sterility in both males and females. The powder of the dry bark is also valuable in impotency, premature ejaculation and thinness of semen. Powder of the dry bark should be boiled in half a liter of water of about half an hour. Thirty grams of powder, mixed with tablespoon of honey, should be taken thrice daily.
Ginger: The juice extracted from ginger is a valuable aphrodisiac and beneficial in the treatment of loss of libido. For better results, half a teaspoon of ginger juice should be taken with a half boiled egg and honey, once daily at night for a month. It is said to relieve impotency, premature ejaculation and spermatorrhoea.
Diet: Diet is an important factors, to begin with the patient should adopt an exclusive fresh fruit diet. Take fresh fruits and fresh fruit juice twice daily. Concentrate on foods like nut, cereals , some green vegetables, fruits, milk, honey etc. Avoid smoking, alcohol, tea, coffee all processed canned refined and denatured foods especially white sugar and white flour and products made from them.