A woman’s partner is integral to her sexual health and response. Even in situations where a physiological explanation exists for the woman’s loss of libido, it is vital for her to receive full support from her partner, emotionally, physically and sexually.Relationship issues that can affect women’s sexual health and result in loss of libido include:
Lack of communication, both sexually and otherwise
Control or dominance issues
Female Arousal. Female arousal is as much psychological as it is physical. Sexual fantasies combined with manual stimulation and over-the-counter vaginal creams for dryness (or mineral oil or Vitamin E as a lubricant) can go a long way in providing sexual pleasure.
A man’s penis contains a multitude of nerve endings and is sexually stimulated by the in-out movement of intercourse. A woman, on the other hand, has the same number of nerve endings clustered together in the clitoris, which is not stimulated during intercourse. During female arousal, whether through sexual fantasy, masturbation, or foreplay, blood rushes to the sex organs swelling the clitoris and moistening the walls of the vagina.
When a woman has a loss of libido, she doesn’t get to the point of arousal, and may not even desire sex. Some physicians will try to pinpoint a physiological reason for loss of libido, while others take a more holistic view of female sexuality. A therapist specializing in women’s sexual health issues can provide insight to how you and your partner can enjoy a healthy sexual relationship.
Exploring Sex in the Relationship
To have a healthy sexual relationship with her partner a woman needs to know what pleases her, what excites her, what makes her feel pleasure. Those specializing in women’s sexual health recommend that a woman explore her sexuality on her own as well as with her partner. For a woman suffering from loss of libido, therapeutic intervention should be coupled with sexual exploration.
Explore your sexuality on your own through:
Warm, candlelit baths