Wondering why you've been having a low libido lately? You should check out these sex-drive killers and avoid them like the plague.
Your sex drive determines how well you enjoy sexual intercourse with your partner. If your sex drive is low and you are not aroused by foreplay as easily as you should be, there are a number of things that may be responsible. Find five of them below.
1. Stress/Inadequate Sleep
The number one sex-drive killer is stress. When you are stressed by things at work, home or even in your relationship, sex becomes boring. This gets worse if you do not have enough sleep. Besides making you too tired and anxious to have sex, stress can increase the level of the hormone cortisol in your body, which lowers your libido.
Too much alcohol can be a sex-drive killer. A few drinks may help put you in the mood for sex. But when you drink more than you should, you may experience low libido. Some medications, including anti-depressants, blood pressure and birth control pills, may also kill your sex drive.
3. Low Body Image
A low self-esteem or body image can also be responsible for killing your sex drive. You feel undesirable when you think you are too fat, too thin or not good-looking and become reluctant to undress in front of your partner and would not want them to touch you.
Sometimes, kids get in the way of sex. When you have babies who need all your attention or children who need to be cared for, sex is the last thing on your mind. Also, a woman's sex drive usually decreases during the first and third trimesters. This happens because of changes in hormones during pregnancy.
5. Relationship Struggles
You may experience a low sex drive if you and your partner are struggling through some issues - cheating, distrust, lack of communication. You lose interest in sex if the bond between you and your partner is broken or if you are not close to each other, for some reason.