Libido-or sexual desire-can be affected by several factors. Sexual motivation, emotional intimacy and sexual skills of the couple, psychological and biological factors and sex hormones-including estrogens and androgens-all play roles. Decreased levels of androgens in late reproductive years contribute to the decline in sexual interest/desire in older women. Several investigators agree that androgens influence libido and behavior but not activity or response-such as lubrication and orgasm.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Reproductive Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynecology