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Since our focus this week is women's sexual health, I thought it necessary to bring up the fact that countless women deal with chronic low sex drive. Though we actually want to engage in sexual activities, sometimes the body just won't cooperate.

Women’s Low Libido: Headaches and Chronic Pain

Since our focus this week is women’s sexual health, I thought it necessary to bring up the fact that countless women deal with chronic low sex drive.  Though we actually want to engage in sexual activities, sometimes the body just won’t cooperate.

“Not Tonight, Honey, I Have a Headache.”

I ran across an interesting research article that detailed findings from a study on the relationship between migraine and tension headaches to sexual desire.  One notable theory stated that migraineurs had significantly low levels of serotonin, an important chemical messenger in the body that helps one feel happy, fall asleep, and even desire sex.  So, if this is true, does this mean that many women are actually suffering from an inactive libido due to low serotonin?  Possibly.

Because I suffer from migraine and chronic daily headache (CDH), I understand how the body can shun anything sexual while dealing with chronic pain.  The cavalry has no time and energy for a party when they are engaged in a gruesome battle.  It may not even be the headache; it could be the mental and emotional stress associated with chronic pain that keeps you from engaging in the psychological connection required for us to want sex.  And, if this scenario becomes habitual, it can lead to the emotional trauma that would further deter relations.   Not good for you or your partner.

Get Some Help

It’s important that you discuss any sexual hindrances with your healthcare provider.  They can help you to get to the bottom of chronic dysfunction in this area, especially if you suspect any hormone imbalances or chemical insufficiencies.  Many women get out of whack from childbirth, menopause, trauma, and even fatigue.  Keep in mind that medications can hinder your libido as well.  Anti-depressants, pain medicine, and even OTC meds like Benadryl can leave you without an ounce of desire or a condition called anorgasmia (inability to orgasm).  We will talk more about that later this week.

Know that there is plenty of help out there, no matter what the reasons are for headaches, low libido, and chronic pain. For many women, back pain is the reason for their problems and part of the explanation for their low libidos. If you are concerned about mainstream medicine and invasive therapies, you can find natural practitioners, like Emily Lark who focus on solutions that are simple and don’t invade your body more. 

Please follow us this week as we will discuss more topics on women’s sexual health.  We want your participation in this important series of articles.  Topic related comments are welcome.  Be well-be beautiful.

***The content of this post is strictly informational and is not meant to replace the advice of a healthcare professional.  Women’s Life Link, its owners, authors, associates, commentators, and linked sites do not claim that the content posted on this site will diagnose, cure, or improve any disease or condition.

Resources: Medscape.com

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About Kellie R. Stone

"I make no excuses for my diverse roles as a Rock Your Feminine Type Coach™ and Branding Expert, best-selling author, and crime thriller novelist. Yes, I do still chuckle a bit at the irony. I kick ass as a women’s biz coach by day and kill off vulnerable fiction characters at night. What the hell, it makes for some interesting dreams. I believe that everyone should pursue their passions no matter how out there they seem to be. One of those pure heart-fluttering passions for me has always been writing. Since I did, indeed, chase my dream of being a writer, I've published two non-fiction books in the self-development genre, co-authored an international best seller, and now I'm finally pushing my much-too-old-to-be-in-the-nest novel out the door and into the world. My whole world is empowering and I adore showing others how to live life unfiltered, whether I do that through the written word or my coaching work. I love my job!" ~Kellie R. Stone

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