Low libido refers to a decreased interest in any form of sexual activity. It’s common to lose interest in sex from time to time, as libido levels naturally vary throughout life. It’s also normal for your interest not to always match your partner’s.
However, low libido for a long period may cause concern for some people as it can sometimes be an indicator of underlying health conditions.
What are its causes?
Here are a few potential causes of low libido in men.
Testosterone is an important male hormone. In men, it’s mostly produced in the testicles. It plays a significant role in influencing your sex drive.
Taking certain medications can lower testosterone levels, which in turn may lead to low libido. For example, blood pressure medications may prevent ejaculation and erections.
Depression changes all parts of a person’s life. People with depression experience a reduced or complete lack of interest in activities they once found pleasurable, including sex.
When you’re not feeling well due to the effects of a chronic health condition, such as persistent pain, sex is likely low on your list of priorities. Certain illnesses, such as cancer, can reduce sperm production counts since your body focuses on just getting through the day.
One study found that men with obstructive sleep apnea (a chronic condition that disrupts your sleep by causing shallow breathing) experience lower testosterone levels. In turn, this leads to decreased sexual activity and libido. The research also shows that nearly half of the men who had severe sleep apnea also experienced very low levels of testosterone during the night.
Testosterone levels, which are linked to libido, are at their highest when men are in their late teens. Men generally notice a difference in their libido around ages 60 to 65.
If you’re distracted by situations or periods of high pressure, sexual desire may decrease. This is because stress can disrupt your hormone levels.
What should we do?
Treating low libido often depends on addressing the underlying issues. Consider consulting your doctor, especially if a change in medication is necessary. In cases where psychological factors contribute to low libido, seeking therapy for relationship counseling may be beneficial.
You can also take steps to boost your libido on your own. The following have the potential to increase your libido:
living a healthier lifestyle
getting enough sleep
practicing stress management
eating a healthier diet
Communication is also key; discussing concerns with your partner and seeking support can strengthen your emotional connection.
In conclusion, while experiencing periods of low libido is normal, persistent or severe cases may require professional attention. Don’t hesitate to consult with healthcare providers or therapists to address any underlying causes and explore potential solutions. Remember, prioritizing your overall health, both physically and emotionally, is essential for maintaining a satisfying and fulfilling sex life.
Feintuch, S. (2023, February 28). Common causes of low libido and no sex drive in men. Healthline. https://bit.ly/3Heo9Or
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