It’s quite common for women to go through periods in their lives when they abstain from s3x
completely, either solo or with a partner. While this may be normal for short spans,
prolonged s3xual inactivity lasting months or years can become problematic if it is
distressing. There are a variety of causes that may result in a woman not being s3xually
active. This article explores some of the main reasons to consider.
1. Low s3x Drive
One of the most prevalent causes for a woman not to be s3xually active is simply having a
naturally lower libido and little innate desire for s3xual activity. s3x drive exists on a
spectrum and some women are wired with less s3xual appetite due to biological factors,
hormone levels, and other influences. If she feels content and fulfilled with less s3x, then a
lower libido itself is not an issue. However, if distress accompanies it, a doctor should
evaluate potential causes.
2. Medications Hampering Desire
A common but overlooked cause for a woman not to be s3xually active is the side effects of
various medications. Antidepressants, blood pressure medications, benzodiazepines, and
hormonal birth control can commonly inhibit s3xual desire and arousal. Since medications
are not often linked to s3xual issues, these side effects frequently go unaddressed.
However, adjusting dosages or trying alternative prescriptions can potentially increase s3x
drive if this is the culprit.
3. Mental Health Conditions
Anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental health conditions in women can directly
impede s3xual desire and frequency of s3x. The struggles themselves take a toll on libido
while medications used to treat them also commonly cause s3xual dysfunction. Additionally,
negative thought patterns may surround s3x. Working with a therapist to manage mental
health issues and improve self-esteem and intimacy is key.
4. Physical Limitations and Health Problems
When suffering from chronic pain, mobility impediments, cancer treatment side effects,
vaginal dryness, erectile dysfunction, or other health conditions, s3xual activity may become
very difficult or nearly impossible. The focus should be on treating the health problems
holistically, discussing options with medical providers, and finding alternative intimate
expressions like sensual massage that work within limitations.
5. History of Trauma
s3xual trauma, assault, abuse, violation of consent, or other distressing negative
experiences can understandably create barriers to engaging in s3x. Flashbacks,
dissociation, fear, and avoidance behaviors are common with s3xual PTSD. Therapy is
needed to process trauma and eventually help shift perspectives and experiences
surrounding s3xual activity.
6. Stress Levels
High cortisol and adrenaline levels from stressful jobs, financial struggles, children, health
issues, caretaking of loved ones, and other life stressors can sap energy and tank libido.
Making stress management and self-care a priority is vital. Lowering stress reactivity can
help reboot natural s3xual motivation and functioning.
7. Relationship Conflicts
Problems within an intimate relationship are a very frequent cause of reduced or non-
existent s3xual activity. Common issues include mismatched libidos, lack of emotional
intimacy, trust issues, buried resentment, and ineffective communication. Couples
counseling facilitates properly expressing needs and rebuilding emotional and physical
When depleted by long work hours, childrearing demands, health struggles, and burnout,
women often do not have leftover energy for s3x. Restoring balance where possible in life
responsibilities and prioritizing self-care helps revive motivation for intercourse. Quickies or
morning s3x when feeling freshest may work better than late nights.
9. Beliefs Impacting s3xuality
Rigid religious, family, or cultural views on female s3xuality that characterize s3x as immoral,
sinful, or reserved only for procreation can burden women with shame and confusion.
Unlearning and examining these beliefs around what “good girls” should do liberates women
to discover their inherent s3xual desires.
10. Lack of Privacy
Living with family, roommates, or in crowded housing means there is often nowhere
comfortable to engage in s3xual activity, causing abstinence. Moving into a space that
allows more privacy can help, as can intimate getaways, though creativity may be required!
Some women are as3xual and do not experience innate s3xual attraction or desire for s3x.
This is a valid orientation, not something needing “fixing.” As3xual individuals can form
healthy romantic bonds with other strategies for intimacy that work for them outside of s3x.
The path forward when plagued by months or years of minimal or non-existent s3x requires
identifying the primary causes for a woman not to be s3xually active. Once the root causes
are determined, steps can be taken – whether medical treatment, counseling, communicating needs, leaving toxic situations, or other interventions – to create conditions for reconnecting with s3xual vitality.