Female Sexual Health

Written by Jill Morrison
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Female sexual health can be determined by multiple factors. Possible influences may include sexual partners, parents, friends, teachers, culture, and environment. However, females themselves have the biggest influence over their sexual health. It has been said that the key to sexual health and happiness is loving yourself. This can be true in many cases. However, it does not explain why the majority of women have problems with their libido.

It is estimated that 66 percent of women suffer from lack of libido. When women have sexual problems, other areas of their life in turn are affected. Female sexual problems can bring unnecessary stress into the home, work, family, and general living. It can be an embarrassing problem for females and for their partners, so many do not discuss their sexual issues openly. Since the media presents sex as a natural, easy, and spontaneous action for women, many women are discouraged when it is difficult to get in the mood for sex.

Maintaining Female Sexual Health

It can be difficult for women to maintain excellent sexual health at all times. Simple changes can improve sexual drive in addition to overall health. For instance, getting plenty of sleep is very beneficial for sexual desire and performance. In addition to promoting good overall health, taking supplements can also help with libido. Certain vitamins, such as A, B1, B2, C, D, and E and the minerals, magnesium, zinc, and potassium can help to improve libido. Herbs and spices such as saffron, ginseng, fennel, cloves, nutmeg, horny goat weed, ginko biloba, and ginger have also shown to be beneficial for sexual health.

Female disinterest in sex can also be caused by certain conditions or drugs. Conditions such as diabetes, estrogen insufficiency, thyroid disorders, spinal cord damage, Parkinson's disease, and Sjogren's syndrome can cause a lack of lubrication for sex. Kidney failure, Uterine fibroids, sickle cell anemia, and testosterone insufficiency can cause a lack of arousal. Drugs such as antihypertensives, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and opiates can also cause libido problems for women. Women who are taking these drugs may want to consider ceasing treatment or taking alternate drugs to improve their libido and overall sexual health.

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