Generally speaking, libido refers to sexual health and wellness, which in turn can have a major effect on overall physical and emotional health. The libido can be affected by many factors, including hormone levels, stress, relationship or family problems, work-related or financial problems, depression and chronic illness. Long-term use of some medications or medical treatments can also take a toll on sexual health. Many women find they have a low libido because sexual activity is painful, usually due to an underlying issue like vaginal dryness or structural problems like “shallow vagina.” Determining the causes of low libido is the first step in treating any type of sexual dysfunction.
During pregnancy, hormonal fluctuations are common, and these changes in hormone levels can play a big role in a woman’s interest in sex both during pregnancy and afterward. Following delivery, hormones can take some time to return to normal levels and many women find themselves tired and distracted by their new responsibilities of motherhood. Women who experience a diminished interest in sex following pregnancy should report these issues to their gynecologist so they can be tested for other issues that could be playing a role and receive lifestyle guidance and other care as needed.
That depends on the underlying cause of dysfunction. Many women including women approaching menopause or in menopause respond to vaginal creams aimed at restoring vaginal lubrication and relieving pain and inflammation, or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that adjusts hormone levels systemically with pills, patches or implants. Other times, treatment will focus on treating an underlying disease like thyroid dysfunction or surgical correction of an abnormality that can make intercourse painful. When emotional or psychological issues play a role, couples counseling can help. Regardless of the underlying cause, treatment of sexual dysfunction and low libido begins with an office visit to discuss symptoms so appropriate testing can be ordered for an accurate diagnosis.
We are on most major insurance plans, including Medicare, indemnity, HSA’s, PPOs and HMOs. If you have any questions about your coverage, feel free to call our office. We are happy to help you.
"I love the office and the fact that when you are with Dr. Whelihan you don't feel like she has one foot out the door."
"Dr. Maureen Whelihan is the best OB/GYN care doctor I've ever met. She has a sense of humor and great bedside manner."
"I felt like I was with family because the good doctor and her staff treat you like family. You can tell Dr. Whelihan is on top of her game."