Due to numerous requests, this entry is a reprint from the May, 2010 MCFS newsletter.
It's odd. You know you used to be into sex. You remember thinking at one time, "wow, this is great!" But it just doesn't seem to be happening any more. Okay, you think, "so I had a baby (you fill in the blank: 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 4 years) ago. Shouldn't my desire for sex have come back? What's happening to me?" So what really is going on?
Many women find that their libido (their desire to have sex) drops dramatically after the birth of a child. It may not be the first, or even the second child. Some find it drops after number 3 or more. Some have the problem after each of them. Traditionally women have been told that it is all in their head. They are tired and stressed. They don't have enough time to take a shower, let alone have a sexual rendezvous with their partner. And there is much truth to that. Many powerful psychological factors are at work when you have a child. But more often than not, your body may be going through significant physiological changes as well and these can be significant contributing factors as well.
So here is a fairly broad list of factors that can be at play. You need to ask yourselves which ones apply to you and which ones you can actually do something about and then get to work. A good sex life with your partner will make the difficult child rearing years so much easier for you as a couple!
You are probably tired and stressed. Taking care of children is more work both physical and emotional then we ever anticipate.
You may be over "touched." Who wants to have their nipples fondled after they've just spent the morning breast feeding?
Your self-definition may have changed unconsciously (or consciously.) Hey, you are the mother of three now. Is it really okay for you to also be the babe who comes into your husband's shower with a bar of soap, two glasses of wine and nothing on? Or to be the wild women who screams dirty things as you have an orgasm?
You may be angry at your spouse. Maybe not so angry that it is obvious to you, but maybe angry enough that it is affecting your desire. Perhaps you are upset that more responsibility for the house and the kids seem to always fall on you. And then he expects you to do what??
You hormones may have shifted significantly during your pregnancy and post partum. We are just starting to understand how critical a role hormones play in a women's sexual life and how much they affect our desire, our ability to become aroused and orgasm.
The labor, birth, and subsequent episiotomy may have created subtle (or not so subtle) physical changes that seem to make it harder to get aroused and have an orgasm. Hey, when it's more work, it's certainly harder to get started. Similarly there may be discomfort and pain as a result. This adds a negative into the mix.
It may not be the childbirth at all. It may be your age, creating blood flow or hormonal issues. I know our kids keep us young, but unfortunately they don't freeze us in time!
You're out of practice. Oddly enough, sex seems to feed on itself. The more you have the more you want. The less you have, the less you seem to think about it.
Maybe you need a different kind of sex. Your life has changed significantly. Maybe those 2 hour love-making sessions are a thing of the past (for right now) and you are having trouble adjusting to a 15 minute "quicky." But adjustments can be made, and our styles can shift.
Most likely your low desire is a combination of a few of the issues listed above and perhaps some more we haven't even thought of yet. However, most low libido issues can be resolved if enough of the factors are addressed. We've seen some of the toughest cases turn around. So can you.
The Medical Center for Female Sexuality (MCFS) is one of the only treatment centers of its kind in the country. Using unique treatment programs, the MCFS has helped hundreds of women attain the wonderful feeling about themselves and their partners that comes with having a great sex life.
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Sometimes the symptoms of sexual dissatisfaction are mild and women may want to explore the issue on their own.
Even if your own efforts don't completely solve your problem, it is a real advantage to have more information and experienee with your problem when you see a medical practitioner trained in female sexual health
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~ Charles Stanley
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|"I went into menopause abruptly at age 46 - my period disappeared and never returned. Even though I had once had a robust sex life, gradually I felt sexually numb, dry and neutered... It was upsetting but it seemed we would just have to accept it. Then one day I read an article about the Center for Female Sexuality in the New York Times... I felt, at last, maybe there is something I can do..."
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"My sex drive seemed to have disappeared. My doctors in the past had dismissed my concerns or told me that there was no reason for my lack of libido. After 5 months, I am so grateful that I found the Center - the difference they have made in our life is incredible. "
""My fear of penetration has almost entirely disappeared and I can look forward to a happy and safe sexual future in a loving relationship."
"Things weren't going well with me and my husband, but I just didn't know where to turn or how to fix it... For a long time I felt like I was not normal. I can't tell you how great it feels to be normal again!"
~ J, 36
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