A reduced sex drive (loss of libido), affects some women at certain times of life, such as during pregnancy, after having a baby, or during times of stress. But some women experience it all the time.

A loss of libido can have a range of physical or psychological causes, including:

  • relationship problems

  • depression

  • previous mental or physical trauma

  • tiredness

  • diabetes – both type 1 and type 2 diabetes

  • hormone disorders such as having an underactive or an overactive thyroid gland

  • excessive alcohol consumption or drug use

  • certain medicines, such as the SSRI type of antidepressants


Libido can also fall if a woman's natural testosterone levels drop. Testosterone is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands, so levels can drop if these are removed or they're not functioning properly.