If you or your partner has lost interest in sex, you find yourself too tired for sex; you are frustrated and angry about not having sex or you are not compatible with your partner about how frequently to have sex; these are signs of inhibited sexual desire (ISD). Persons suffering from ISD do not initiate the act of sex and neither do they respond to their partner’s desire for sexual activity.
The most common cause of inhibited sexual desire is lack of intimate feeling for the partner. Problems in communication, lack of affection, conflicts, power struggles and not being able to spend time together can cause it. Diseases and some medications can also lead to ISD, especially those that are associated with pain, fatigue, or any feeling of not being well.
A lack of some types of hormones can at times be the cause too. Psychological factors that cause depression and too much stress can diminish sexual desire. Hormonal changes also have an effect on the libido.
Some factors that cause ISD can be easily overlooked. Insomnia or lack of sleep is one of them. It causes fatigue which in turn leads to ISD. The psychological factor associated with certain sexual dysfunctions can result in disinterest in sexual intercourse.
A woman with pain during intercourse or a man with erection problems would not be interested in sex, not so much for the inability but because it becomes associated with failure. Childhood sexual abuse, rape and marriages without emotional intimacy are mainly responsible for inhibited sexual desire.
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