Women & Sex: is the spark really gone?

I would not be telling you anything new if I mention that men and women are not created equal when we talk about sex. Sexual desire in men is almost totally hormonal and linked to the production of testosterone. However, women are…. well, they’re complicated.

The ovaries produce testosterone and this production decreases after menopause, or anytime after the ovaries are removed. Based on this observation, some doctors prescribe a low dose of testosterone to help women with low sex drive. However, research studies have shown that testosterone plays only a marginal role in female sexuality.

What seems to play a bigger role in a woman’s drive for sex is her emotional well-being. Furthermore, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has discouraged the use of testosterone in both females and males because of an increase risk for strokes. Recently a new medication has become available for female low libido: Addyi. It is not a hormone; instead it regulates brain chemistry. It cannot be taken with alcohol, since it can cause dizziness and fainting. It is not a perfect solution, but it is a start and hopefully more options will follow.

The major conclusion of the studies that brought us Addyi, is that female libido is linked to the complexity of women’s sexuality in particular and psychology, in general. Female emotional well-being is a fine equilibrium that it is so difficult to maintain. The first approach should be a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and exercise, and a good communication with your partner about your needs and desires. Medication is now available to help you find the right spark.