lack of libido

  • What is it Loss of libido (sex drive) is a common problem that can affect approximately 1 in 5 men and even more women at some point in their life.
  • Most common reasons  Relationship problems  Stress, anxiety and exhaustion  Depression  Drugs and alcohol  Getting older  Hormonal problems  medical conditions  Medication
  • Relationship problems  Long term relationship can cause an overfamiliarity with the partner and make erotic dissatisfaction  Performance issues such as erectile dysfunction and ejaculation problems in men and painful sex or vaginismus in women
  • Stress, anxiety and exhaustion Stress, anxiety and exhaustion can be all- consuming and have a major impact on your happiness.
  • Depression  Feelings of extreme sadness that can last for a long time. These feelings are severe enough to interfere with your daily life, including your sex life.  If you have depression you have little interest or pleasure in doing things you used to enjoy  low sex drive can also be a side effect of many antidepressants.
  • Drugs and alcohol Drinking excess amounts of alcohol can reduce your sex drive, so it’s a good idea to moderate your intake to no more than three to four units a day if you’re a man and no more than two to three units a day if you’re a woman.
  • Getting older  people lose some interest in sex as they get older, mainly due to falling levels of sex hormones, age-related health problems, or the side effects of medication.  Older men especially can develop low testosterone levels, which can cause fatigue, depression, and a reduced sex drive  As women start to approach the menopause, levels of the female hormone oestrogen begin to fall, which can affect libido. Women can also suffer from low testosterone levels, especially after a hysterectomy. Testosterone is another hormone which can affect sex drive.
  • Hormonal problems low libido may be caused by an underactive thyroid
  • Other medical conditions  Diseases such as diabetes; conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol; and HIV drugs, some hair-loss remedies, and other medications can negatively affect sexual desire.
  • Medication  Certain medications can sometimes reduce libido, such as:  medication for high blood pressure, including diuretics  medications for depression, including SSRI antidepressants  medications for seizures (fits)  medications, such as haloperidol, commonly used to treat psychosis (a mental condition where a person can’t distinguish between reality and their imagination), as well as many other conditions  medicines such as cimetidine, finasteride and cyproterone, which block the effects or reduce the production of testosterone  combined hormonal contraception (pill, ring or patch), although this is rare



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