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10 Sneaky Sex-Drive Stealers

How to get in the mood—and stay there

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    You used to want to tear your husband's clothes off. Now? Not so much. If you've been suffering from "honey, not tonight" syndrome (a.k.a. low sex drive), health experts say you're not alone. It's estimated that as many as 40 million women in the United States suffer from a waning libido. Here are 10 of the most common—and surprising—reasons why your sex drive may have taken a nosedive, and how to get your groove back.

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    Sex Drive Stealer #1: Messy Bedroom

    What does your bedroom look like right now? Is the bed unmade? Are your dressers piled high with books, magazines and dust? Past research has linked bedroom clutter with unhappiness and mild depression, but some experts take it a step further and say that a messy bedroom could be the cause of a lackluster sex drive. "We do know that women, more so than men, are prone to cognitive distractions—thinking of other things in ways that interfere with sex," says Debby Herbenick, PhD, author of Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.?? A messy bedroom could increase such cognitive distractions. "It could make you think 'I should really get new curtains' or 'Look at that stack of bills—I hope I already paid the electric!'" Dr. Herbenick says. "Mess is a reminder of all the things we haven't done yet. This can greatly interfere with a sense of calm, which can help women to relax, focus exclusively on their feelings of love and desire, and then get in the mood for sex."

10 Sneaky Sex-Drive Stealers
How to get in the mood—and stay there
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