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February 26, 2008 at 7:31 AMComments: 1 Faves: 0

Does Endometriosis Lead to a Lack of Sex Drive?

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Endometriosis and Sexual Desire

Since endometriosis can be painful for many women, it's completely natural to become less interested in sex. Women with endometriosis often experience significant pain during penetration, as the penis can aggravate and irritate the implants. Intercourse just before menstruation may be painful for women who experience cramping in the week before their period. If you have endometriosis that interferes with normal sexual activity, you and your partner may want to get creative and think of new ways to have sex without painful penetration.

Lack of Sexual Desire

A lack of desire, or low libido, is a vague issue, at best. There can be so many underlying causes, such as lack of an emotional connection with a partner, a low self-image, medication, age, or depression. Symptoms of sexual dysfunction include a lack of sexual desire, lack of orgasm, pain during intercourse, indifference to sex, and lack of lubrication. A woman may be interested in sex, may want to have sex, but cannot orgasm. Or she may not even think about sex, and it's only when her partner says something that it becomes a problem.

Causes of Low Libido

There are many possible causes of low libido, and they can be loosely categorized into psychological and social, physiological, and interpersonal categories.

Psychological and Social Factors

  • Depressive or anxious views toward sex
  • Low self-esteem or poor body image
  • Current or past abuse or trauma, sexual or otherwise
  • Negative feelings associated with sexuality in general (i.e. feeling it's immoral or dirty)
  • Lack of knowledge or understanding of sex and genitalia
  • Stress

Physiological

  • Medications, especially anti-depressants
  • Physical conditions such as nerve damage, vaginitis, endometriosis, cystitis, etc.
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Age
  • Pregnancy or recent childbirth

Interpersonal

  • Pressure or guilt from partner can make you anxious
  • Lack of emotional or intimate connection
  • Sexual incompatibility
  • Partners lack of sexual knowledge or willingness to please

Be sure to see a doctor if you are concerned about an abnormal drop in sexual function. Take into consideration all the factors in your life - are you stressed, feeling guilty, or depressed? Many women experience fluctuations in desire at different stages of their menstrual cycles. Pressure from a partner can cause a woman to feel guilty and ashamed, which triggers more stress during sex that can lead to a lack of sexual desire and avoidance of sex.

Remember that sex should be something you and your partner can enjoy together; it shouldn't be a cause for stress and anxiety. Take time to just be intimate with your partner without the pressure of sex. Feelings of closeness and emotional bond may be beneficial.

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Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/female-sexual-dysfunction/DS00701

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  • Hello Katrina,

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