Sexual Problems: What Is Low Libido?
Low libido is the term used to describe a lack of interest in sexual activity. Sexual desire or libido is produced by a combination of biological, personal and relationship factors. Sexual desire is different for each person and may change over time depending on what is happening in a person’s life. Low libido may not be seen as a problem for some men; however, if a man loses interest in sex for no apparent reason it can become a concern. A reduced sex drive can be also be a sign of various health problems, both emotional and physical.
What Causes Low Libido?
A low libido can occur due to many different physiological, emotional and lifestyle factors. A lack of testosterone is a very common cause of low libido in both men and women. Women also posses the testosterone hormone, which creates sexual desire in both sexes. Some of the most common causes of low libido include:
- Decreased testosterone levels (Low T)
- Chronic illness
- Erectile dysfunction
- Sleep problems
What Are The Symptoms?
The main symptom of a low libido is the lack of interest and desire for sex. This may mean that you think about sex less often, are less responsive to sexual stimulations, and get less pleasure out of sex. Since there’s no “normal” level of libido, symptoms are very dependent on the individual.
How Is Low Libido Diagnosed?
Blood tests can be done to check your hormone levels, thyroid imbalance, diabetes or to screen for high cholesterol. Once the cause that is creating low libido is determined, safe and effective treatments can be implemented.
How Is It Treated?
Treating low libido often depends on treating the underlying issue. You may need to switch medications if the one you’re on is affecting your libido. If your low libido has psychological causes, then you may need to visit a therapist for relationship counseling. You can also take steps to potentially boost your libido on your own by adopting a healthier lifestyle, practicing stress management and eating healthier. Be sure to speak with your doctor so you can determine which treatment is right for you.