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What Is a Low Libido and What Can You Do About It?

Low Libido

What is a Low Libido? 

Having a low libido means that one has less interest in sexual activity. Losing interest in sex every so often is completely natural and libido levels also vary as you grow older. It is also completely normal for your own interest in sex to not be the same as that of your partners. However it can concerning if this period of low libido lasts for a long time. Having a low libido could potentially be a sign that there is a deeper health concern. 

Here are some of the most common reasons men suffer from a low libido:

Decreased Testosterone

Testosterone is the most important male hormone. It’s produced in the testicles and is used to create muscle and bone mass, as well as regulating the production of sperm. Testosterone levels directly affect your sex drive. 

If you have low testosterone levels then you also have a low interest in sex. 

Testosterone levels typically decrease with age, but your testosterone levels could drop rapidly and cause a low libido level. If you feel that this has become an issue then talk to your doctor. There treatments including supplements and gels for low testosterone. 

Some Medications can Cause a Low Libido

There are some medications that can lead to reduced testosterone levels, which can 
bring down your libido. Blood pressure medications including ACE inhibitors and beta 
blockers are known to occasionally prevent erections and ejaculation. 

If you take these medications and feel the effects of low testosterone then talk to your 
doctor about it. They may be able to prescribe an alternate medication. 

Stress can Do It

If you find yourself distracted by pressure then your sexual drive could be affected. This is 
because of the effect that stress has on hormone levels. When you get stressed out it can 
constrict your arteries, which prevents blood from flowing properly and causes erectile 
dysfunction. A study from the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease supported the idea 
that stress could directly affect sexual health as well as the damage it can do to your psyche and relationship. 

Depression  has an effect on Libido

Depression has an effect on every part of your life. Depressed people lose interest in just about every activity that they would usually enjoy and this includes sex. 

Having a low libido is also a common side effect of some antidepressants, in particular selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). If you’re on antidepressants and you notice a low libido then discuss it with your doctor. They may be able to adjust your dose or put you on another medication to address the problem.

Illness and Pain can Decrease your Libido

If you suffer from a chronic illness such as chronic pain you’re hardly going to consider sex to be a priority. There are some illnesses, including cancer that can reduce your sperm count because the body is focusing its efforts on keeping you alive rather than on lesser functions. 

If you have a chronic illness then you should talk to your partner and discuss ways you can still be intimate. You might want to consider talking to a sex therapist or a marriage counselor to get you through it. 

Getting Older

Testosterone levels are directly linked to your libido and men have the most testosterone when they are in their late teens. Men really feel the difference in their libido when they reach their 60s according to the May Clinic. 

As you get older it takes you longer to get an erection, ejaculate, and have an orgasm. Erections could also be a little softer than usual. There are some medications you can take to correct this problem though. 

What Can You Do About It? 

How you treat your low libido depends largely on how you treat the underlying problem. You might find you need to change medications. If the low libido is from a psychological issue then you could require therapy or counseling to treat it. 

There are also some things you can do to increase your libido. Here are some of the ways you can naturally increase libido:

Adopting a healthy lifestyle
• Getting the right amount of sleep
Managing your stress
• Proper diet & nutition

You might also want to try a male virility supplement such as Vimax or something similar.

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