It is a popular belief that a woman's libido sex drive will inherently increase during pregnancy, but this is not necessarily the case. While the increased blood supply to the breasts and genitals can result in greater sensitivity and the potential for arousal, other factors can seriously undermine the sex drive. The reasons for this can be many, but the hormonal changes a woman experiences during pregnancy can affect her physical and emotional state. Pregnancy triggers profound hormonal changes in preparation for the birth of your baby. These same changes can elicit feelings of well-being on some day and plunge you into a vortex of anger or despair on other.
Loss of libido (reduced sex drive)
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The Loss of Libido in Pregnancy
I am pregnant with my second child, and the resulting hormones have so ramped up my sex drive that it's hard to get through the day without thinking about sex. As it is, I masturbate at least once a day. My husband has neither the time nor the energy these days to have sex with me. He works long hours and travels for work, plus we have a toddler whom we both love to pieces and who is, of course, time-consuming.
While you were dating and during the honeymoon years of your marriage , you lovebirds likely couldn't keep your hands off of each other. Physical attraction and sex are trademark signs of a healthy relationship, according to research published in the Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. But how does sexual intimacy between partners adapt with age? As men age, it's natural for them to experience a somewhat decreased sex drive, says Jeanne O'Connell , M. According to a review published in the Journal of Nurse Practitioners , sexual intimacy declines around age 45 and continues to decline with age.