If you’re experiencing reduced sexual desire you’re not alone!
Low libido is the same as low sex drive – but not the same thing as impotence or erectile dysfunction. Impotence or ED means wanting to have sex, but not being able to carry through on the desire. Low libido is having little desire for sex even if you are capable of achieving erections.
The causes of Low Libido in men can be physical and psychological.
Some of the Physical Causes of Low Libido can be related to Alcoholism, Drug abuse, Obesity, Diabetes, certain prescribed drugs and low testosterone levels
Psychological / Emotional Factors can also cause loss of sex drive. Depression, stress, poor sleep, performance anxiety, relationship conflict and infidelity are some of the more common reasons why a man may lose his sex drive, at least temporarily.
Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder
Hypoactive sexual desires refer to the recurring absence of a desire for sexual activity. Sexual aversion disorder refers to the persistent avoidance of sexual contact with a partner. There are many factors that can contribute to the lack of sexual desire, which may be internal (testosterone deficiency) or external (caused by medications or alcohol abuse). The problems may also be rooted in the parasympathetic nervous system (the PSNS), imparting a neurological cause for the disorder.
Discrepancy in Sexual Desires
Differences in sexual desires between partners can lead to “desire discrepancy,” where one partner simply desires sexual activity less often than the other partner. This does not necessarily mean that one partner has a medical disorder, but if it is solely a relationship issue, the partners will need to work together to resolve the issue. Low desire resulting in desire discrepancy may be more common in elderly women, as a result of menopause. Additionally, diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, intestinal disorders such as Crohn’s disease, and more serious illnesses such as cancer have been linked to low sexual desire.
Causes and Treatment of Low Sexual Desire
Low sexual desire is also relatively common, although it doesn’t affect as many men as women. It can be caused by illness or side effects of medications, as well as by stress or increasing age. However, it is not normal for such conditions to persist over a long period of time, as this is indicative of a health condition that may need medical treatment. Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) occurs in an estimated 5% of men younger than 45, but increases in prevalence as men age. It affects 10% of men between 45 and 60, and over 20% of men over 60. HSDD can be caused by a number of factors, including stress from relationships, job, finances and family. Counseling could significantly help. Additionally, drug and alcohol abuse can cause damage to the nervous system, and subsequently affect the nerves responsible for sexual desire. Improving self-esteem and overall health through regular exercise, can help improve desire and sexual health.
Another cause of HSDD is low testosterone, and a blood test can check to determine if testosterone is within the normal range. Men who have abnormally low testosterone have a decline in overall arousal and masturbation, low sex drive, fewer sexual fantasies, and experience difficulty with erections. If testosterone is the underlying cause of HSDD, it can be easily treated.
As some of the factors contributing to a low sex drive can overlap with other conditions, Sablok Pharmacy will perform a complete individual assessment together with a full clinical diagnosis, before a customized course of treatment is recommended.