Decreased Libido

I’m concerned about my libido.

I just don’t have any sex drive any more. My partner is interested, but I’m not.

My low libido is causing problems in my relationship.

I love my partner. I just couldn’t possibly care less about sex.

Do you ever wonder where your sex drive went? You are not alone. Half of women experience problems with sex, and the most frequent problem is decreased libido. Libido is a complicated issue for women, with more than a dozen factors contributing to loss of sexual desire. Some of the major culprits are mood, stress, fatigue, lack of privacy, medications (including birth control pills and some antidepressants), and low hormone levels (estrogen as well as testosterone).

Birth control pills, patches, and rings are hormonal birth control methods. They work by suppressing ovarian function, including production of testosterone and natural estrogen. It’s ironic that hormonal birth control allows women to enjoy sex without fear of pregnancy, but also decrease sex drive.

Estrogen and testosterone levels also drop as we get older and go through menopause. In certain situations, supplementation with estrogen and testosterone can help improve sex drive. Using hormones to improve libido requires expertise and careful follow-up.

Dr. Clark has the expertise that you need if you are dealing with sexual issues. She sees female patients only, and has had additional training and experience with reproductive endocrinology issues specific to women. Her goal is to provide treatment that produces hormone levels in the physiologic range for women. She helps patients control their costs by avoiding the use of costly hormone pellets. She is also a member of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health,

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