MUST READ: 10 Things That Can Kill Your Drive

A number of things could be to blame for a low sex drive. It could be from health problems or even your own psyche. Here are 10 of the most common reasons for a lowered libido:

1, Contraceptives:

Interestingly enough, the little pill that prevents pregnancy could also affect a woman’s desire to have sex in the first place, Birth control pills affect libido because they cause production of sex-binding hormone globulin proteins, which bind up extra sex hormones — like testosterone — so that they’re not active, thereby dampening libido for some women

2, Weight Gain:

Weight, in and of itself, can biologically affect libido because fat cells change the balance of sex hormones in our bodies, Weight gain also has a negative impact on a person’s emotional state and physical health leading to a loss of interest in sex .

3, Fatigue And Lack Of Sleep:

Being tired affects everything from work to relationships — so of course, it can affect your sex life, too. In addition, people who are chronically sleep deprived may have less interest in sex

4, Childbirth

Sudden changes in hormones and being tired from taking care of a new baby can take a toll on libido. For example, a hormone produced during breast feeding, called prolactin drops libido. This is the body’s natural family planning tool.

5, Sexual Problems

Problems in bed are also a big mood-killer. For example, if a woman can’t have an orgasm because she is dry or it hurts to have sex, then it could translate into low interest. Same for men who have erection problems or premature ejaculation, it can leave them feeling frustrated and embarrassed, which also affects libido.

6, Medications

Medications can have a negative effect on libido. That’s because some drugs raise a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which is inhibitory to the sexual reflex. Painkillers and even illegal drugs like cocaine can also lower sexual interest.

7, Major Life Events

Life changing occurrences, like having a child, or losing a job, can also affect sexual desire. Financial problems can easily cause low sexual interest.

8, Relationship Problems

Relationship problems can take a serious toll on sexual desire. The No. 1 reason for low libido is relationship issues. A cheating or unfaithful partner can bruise the other person’s psychological health, which affects sexual desire.

9, Chronic Pain

Even if you’re in the mood, chronic pain in the form of headaches, back pain etc. can be a big distraction. Chronic pain can really wear you down, so sex is not a priority at all.

10, Leading An Unhealthy Lifestyle

People who are in good shape, both physically and mentally, tend to have greater sex drives. These are non smokers,people who are reasonably fit and who are content with their bodies. Happier people have healthier libidos.


  1. I always have this tiny pain inside me like a pin touch while having sex, so I got scared and stopped but neva cared to go for checkup. Please what wld that be?

  2. Hi Jane, I suggest you talk to a doctor about the pain you’re feeling. You can’t avoid sex forever and it’s never a good idea to ignore pain in your reproductive organs. Better late than never. Take care

  3. Hi Danny, I wish I could help but what you really need is to talk to a doctor. Please do that soon. I wish you the very best.


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