5 Hormonal Causes of Low Libido in Women

September 7, 2023

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Ladies, have you lost interest in intimacy with your husband? Intimacy is a cornerstone of any healthy, loving relationship, but it’s not uncommon for women to experience a decline in libido at various points in their lives. This emotional journey can be both challenging and distressing, not just for the individual experiencing it, but also for their spouse and the relationship as a whole.

In this blog, we’ll explore the connection between low libido in women and hormone decline. As women get older, their hormones begin to decline, and unfortunately low libido can be a side effect.

First, do you have any of these other symptoms of hormone decline?

  • trouble sleeping
  • brain fog
  • weight gain
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • anxiety
  • depressed moods
  • PMS
  • joint and muscle pain
  • cold hands and feet
  • constipation
  • hair loss

Please don’t lose hope, because there is something you can do to restore your libido and bring the romance back into your relationship. Take our Symptom Checker to help identify your symptoms and what could be the underlying cause.

It’s important to know that low libido can occur at certain points in a woman’s life that affect hormone balance, such as after:

5 Hormonal Causes of Low Libido in Women

Take a look at how the decline and imbalance in the various hormones affects your libido:

1) Decline in Testosterone

Testosterone, known as the hormone of desire, has the strongest effect on libido. It’s the primary driver of libido in both men and women. In women of reproductive age, testosterone levels peak at ovulation, stimulating a woman’s desire for sex. As women age, their testosterone levels begin to decline. When women undergo a total hysterectomy, for instance, they immediately lose 50 percent of their circulating testosterone, so you can imagine the negative effect that will have on their libido.

2) Decline in Estrogen

Optimal levels of estrogen promote vaginal lubrication and increase sexual desire. Declining estrogen levels can cause vaginal atrophy, which involves thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal wall.

Too much or too little estrogen can have an effect on moods which can contribute to low libido. Estrogen raises levels of the mood-boosting neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and beta–endorphins. When estrogen is not balanced by progesterone, it can be overstimulating, leading to irritability, anxiety and insomnia.

3) Decline in Progesterone

During the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (the 12 days following ovulation), sex drive and pleasure in sex tend to rise, partly due to rising levels of progesterone during that time. As women age, less progesterone is produced, which can cause hormone imbalance and infertility. In younger women, this can happen due to stress, poor eating habits and over-exercising.

4) Hypothyroidism

Research has documented an increased prevalence of sexual dysfunction among women with thyroid disorders. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism have been reported to impair libido, in which women demonstrated impairments in desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain during intercourse. (1)

Thyroid and cortisol hormones that are out of balance can directly affect libido, or can indirectly affect it by impacting sex hormone production and activity. Hypothyroidism can cause fatigue which also affects libido.

5) Adrenal Fatigue

The stress of adrenal fatigue can cause low libido. If a woman has been living with stress for a long time, then her adrenal glands are unable to make enough cortisol to keep up with her body’s demands. This in turn can cause not only fatigue, but a decline in the production of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone that affect libido, as well. 

Prescription Medications Can Cause Low Libido

Be aware that many prescription drugs can cause low libido in women, such as birth control pills, antidepressants, and anti-anxiety medications, to name a few. If you are taking prescription drugs, it may be worth it to find out if low libido is a side effect.

Put the Spark Back in Your Love Life

Are you ready to put that spark back in your love life? The key to improving low libido caused by hormone deficiency is to supplement with bioidentical hormones to restore hormone levels to those of a healthy young woman. Take our Symptom Checker to find out if hormone decline and imbalance could be the cause of your low libido.

We Can Help

At the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, we believe that you deserve a doctor and a team of professionals to coach you onto a path of health and wellness naturally, without the use of pharmaceutical drugs, so that you can enjoy a better quality of life. We identify the cause of your symptoms and help restore your health naturally.

We specialize in bioidentical hormones that are identical to the hormones made by your body. It’s simply a matter of replacing what’s missing. Replenishing your hormones will help not only improve your libido, but restore your energy and vitality.

Don’t wait! Call a Wellness Consultant today at 281-698-8698 for a complimentary consultation. It’s time to get your life back!

1. The Impact of Thyroid Disease on Sexual Dysfunction in Men and Women

Written By: Steven F. Hotze, M.D.

Steven F. Hotze, M.D., is the founder and CEO of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, Hotze Vitamins and Physicians Preference Pharmacy International, LLC.


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