Sexual Desire in Women

Sexual desire in females is both more complex and more fragile than it is in males—less tied to biology, more linked to psychology. It is generally more variable; related to how they feel about themselves, what is going on in their lives, to say nothing of a partner's lovemaking style.

But experts agree that, in general, sexual desire is lower among females than among males, so a drop in female desire for any reason may be more problematic in relationships.

Recent Posts on Low Sexual Desire

The Woman's Erotic Zone

Think you're familiar with the woman's pleasure point? Think again.

Of High Colonics and Ejaculation

By Mark Borigini M.D. on April 29, 2016 Overcoming Pain
The publication provides greater detail on a finding presented at a meeting last year: that men might be able to lower their risk for prostate cancer by ejaculating frequently.

Is Porn Really the Problem?

Does watching porn affect young men's virility?

Orgasms: From Solo Sex to Partnered Sex

Can you orgasm when you masturbate, but not during partnered sex? Strengthening skills while masturbating can help you have orgasms during partnered sex too.

Struggling With Sex

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 04, 2016 Minority Report
How can a 30-year-old man have erectile dysfunction? How much of this is related to his compulsive masturbation to pornography?

Eva Weaver on 'Back to Sex'

The future of mental health interview series continues with Eva Weaver on 'Back to Sex.'

Viagra Falls: Older Men Aren’t Very Into Erection Drugs

Viagra Falls: Surprisingly few older men have tried erections drugs, and only half of those who do refill their prescriptions.

For the Sake of Blueberries and Sex

We Love to Believe A Good Story, Can Blueberries Prevent Erectile Dysfunction?

The Ups and Downs of Male Sexuality

By Frances Cohen Praver Ph.D. on January 17, 2016 Love Doc
Brad, a slim, small man with dark curly hair that hung down to his shoulders, sat on the couch close to me and announced, “I think I’m a sex addict.”

Saffron for Emotional Health

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on January 10, 2016 Inner Source
Want a way to spice up your mood? Solid research is suggesting you may want to add saffron on your psychoemotional as well as culinary spice rack.

Penis Pumps: Play With Size. Treat ED.

By Michael Castleman M.A. on January 02, 2016 All About Sex
Useful and fun, you'd think penis pumps would be more popular.

Unexpressed Disappointment, the Great Intimacy Killer

Relationships end not because you stop loving each other, but because you are unable to feel and then express how disappointed you are in each other and then have it dissipate.

The Slippery Secret of Sensational Sex

By Michael Castleman M.A. on December 01, 2015 All About Sex
Sexual lubricants are more popular than ever—and for good reasons.

Desire in a Pill for Women with Low Libido?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on October 15, 2015 All About Sex
The newly approved drug for women's low libido, Addyi, works nowhere near as well as safer, cheaper, more empowering alternatives.

3 Ways To Sexually Reconnect With Your Partner

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on September 23, 2015 Think Well
Want to reconnect with your partner sexually? No matter how long it's been, here are three powerful was to resuscitate your sex life.

What Do Hypoactive Sexual Desire and PTSD Have in Common?

By Jeffrey Lieberman M.D. on September 22, 2015 Shrink Speak
Science and social pressures influence how and when drugs are developed by the pharmaceutical industry.

Could Having More Sex Actually Make You Less Happy?

Are you having enough sex? Before you change you habits, beware: more, it seems, is not necessarily better.

4 Signs That Your Relationship May Be Over

Deciding to end a relationship can be anguishing. Some suggestions for when it's time to pull to plug and when to slow down

Sex Pills for Women: Teasing the Hype From Hope

Talk about the new sex pill harkens back to century-old health debates.

Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

"Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder", made more scientific by the abstinence-desire index (the ADI)

The FDA, the DSM, Gender Equality, and “Female Viagra”

Will the FDA succumb to lobbyists accusing it of gender bias?

Waiting For Pink Viagra

Can flibanserin (so-called Pink Viagra) really help restore women's sexual desire? There's only one way to find out. That's for the FDA to approve it, and for individual women to make informed decisions about whether to try it.

Treating Erectile Dysfunction Without Pills

Treating Erectile Dysfunction Without Drugs

Tips and Tricks for Managing Erectile Dysfunction w/o Pills

Erectile Issues Can Zap Your Self Confidence

Sex Drive? There's No Such Thing

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on April 29, 2015 Living Single
The notion of a sex drive is probably one of the most widely accepted ideas in popular culture and beyond. But there are scientific standards for what counts as a drive, and in her new book, "Come as You Are," Emily Nagoski argues that sex doesn't meet them.

When Your Partner Wants To Do It But You Don't

By Amy Muise PhD on April 28, 2015 The Passion Paradox
In long-term relationships couples are bound to encounter times when one partner wants to have sex, but the other partner is not in the mood for sex at that time. New research examined how couples can navigate these situations of differing sexual interests with greater success.

Want a Better Sex Life? Take This 3-Minute Quiz!

By Kira Asatryan on April 21, 2015 The Art of Closeness
Assess the state of your sex-life in 3 minutes or less!

Sleep Is a Turn On

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 Sleep Newzzz
Sleep may have a significant role to play in the health and vitality of our sexual lives.

Ask Your Doctor if You Are Healthy Enough for Sex

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on March 22, 2015 Fighting Fear
How to reassure patients when they ask their doctor if they are healthy enough for sex (should the occasion of their asking ever arise.)

Are You Having Enough Sex?

As a psychotherapist specializing in sexual and intimacy disorders, I can tell you that for a lot of individuals and couples the amount of sex they’re having (or not having) can be worrisome.