Low Sex Drive In Women May Be A Heart Problem

According to a new study, women with low—or no—sex drive may have a heart problem, not on an emotional basis, rather a medical basis. The study showed that low heart rate variability, the variation in the time that lapses between one heartbeat and the next, was an indicator of low sex drive. The results might offer a way for doctors to determine which women will benefit from libido-increasing drugs. The findings were published online in Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback by researchers at the Department of Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin; and The Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

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The authors note that heart rate variability is a valuable non-invasive test to assess autonomic nervous system activity. The autonomic nervous system influences the function of internal organs. It is a control system that acts mainly at an unconscious level and regulates bodily functions such as the heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, pupillary response, urination, and sexual arousal. The authors explain that several studies have found an association between low resting heart rate variability and mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, and alcohol dependence; thus, indicating these disorders may be related to an imbalance in autonomic activity.

The researchers examined the feasibility of using heart rate variability as an index of women’s self-reported sexual arousal function. Sexual arousal function, overall sexual function, and resting heart rate variability were examined in 72 women, aged 18–39.They measured the women’s heartbeats while they watched film about a neutral subject. The women then answered the 19-question Female Sexual Function Index, which involves topics such as arousal, lubrication, orgasm, and sexual pain.

The investigators found that women with below average heart rate variability were significantly more likely to report sexual arousal dysfunction and overall sexual dysfunction than both women with average heart rate variability and women with above average heart rate variability.

The investigators concluded that low heart rate variability may be a risk factor for female sexual arousal dysfunction and overall sexual dysfunction. They noted that measuring heart rate variability might be a useful marker of treatment-related improvements in sexual arousal function, and it may be used as an index of sexual arousal function in clinical trials of medications developed to treat female sexual arousal disorders, such as the recently FDA approved flibanserin, which has been termed “Women’s Viagra”.

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