If the last thing you want to do is have sex you might be struggling with a loss of libido (you know, the mystical thing that makes you want to rip each others' clothes off).
There are loads of reasons why your sex drive might be stuck at a red light; from work stress and family drama to confidence issues and hormonal imbalances.
Trust us, you're not alone in the 'I don't want sex' department. A loss of libido is common in women and some studies suggest that hundreds of thousands of women in the UK are affected.
So, what causes it? Well, we've narrowed down the main causes into four key areas, giving you a quick fire insight into the condition (but, we're not doctors people, so go and see the experts if you're really worried). Take a look and get your downstairs back in business...
There are some medical conditions and medications associated with a lack of libido, so it's worth getting clued up. Anaemia - caused by a lack of iron in the blood stream - is common in women (especially if you have heavy periods) and can cause low libido. Some major diseases like diabetes and prescription drugs like tranquillisers and anti-depressants can cause issues too.
There's also something known as post-baby 'coolness'. This is where a woman loses her sexual desire after childbirth and it's thought to be linked to the production of prolactin - an anti-desire hormone.
On a slightly cheerier note, It's also worth remembering that hormonal fluctuations during the days prior to ovulation mean your libido should be at its peak. Sexy times.
Drinking too much alcohol can dull your sex life as can, understandably, difficult living conditions, like sharing a flat with room-mates. If your job is particularly stressful and you're over-tired this can also be a contributing factor. Basically, your underlying health and physical well-being is crucial for maintaining a tip-top sex life.
If you're stressed, depressed, anxious or struggling with self-esteem issues these can all impact your libido. If you're having serious issues with your partner-whether it's about trust, fidelity or money - this can also dampen your desire. Experts have even noticed links to libido and education, upbringing, culture and religious beliefs so it's important to understand your own emotional attitude to sex before you re-assess your sex life.
When the menopause hits, the level of oestrogen in your body drops and your ovaries produce less testosterone. But this doesn't necessarily mean you won't want to have sex AT ALL. Psychological factors are crucial...if you still fancy the arse off your partner you're still going to want to have sex!
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