Are there medical treatments for low sex drive in women?
SSRIs are used to treat conditions like PMS, depression, and anxiety. 35%-50% of people with untreated major depression are also found to have some level of sexual dysfunction before starting treatment. It’s possible that the underlying depression is the cause of the sexual dysfunction in some women and getting treatment could help.
But, SSRIs can also cause side effects that impact your sex life. SSRI’s are reported to be linked with low sex drive, and problems becoming aroused, maintaining arousal, and reaching orgasm.
Flibanserin in the USA is sold under the brand name “Addyi” it is used to to treat women who experience problems with low sex drive. Addyi is only prescribed in the USA for those with a specific sexual dysfunction who have not gone through the menopause. It’s not available in the UK and Addyi is also not given to women who experience low sex drive due to the following reasons:
- Caused by other medications
- Caused by another medical condition
Talking with a sex therapist can help with the symptoms of low sex drive, therapy often includes education about sexual response techniques. Therapists can offer assistance with reading materials or couples’ exercises. Counselling can also help address relationship issues that may help increase feelings of intimacy and desire.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help if you’re menopausal. Having menopause symptoms, like vaginal dryness, can make sex uncomfortable and potentially affect your sex drive. The hormonal changes of menopause can also impact sex drive directly. HRT can help bring your hormonal levels back to normal and reduce any menopause related effects on your sex drive.
Viagra for women – Viagra is a treatment that is commonly used for erectile dysfunction in men, but there is no concrete evidence to suggest that it has the ability to work as a treatment for sexual dysfunction in women. There have been studies that suggest improvements for some of the women who try it however, Viagra is not recommended for use by women in the UK.