Low sex drive can be caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure… or by lifestyle factors.
Low libido, or decreased sex drive, can affect both men and women. A person’s sex drive fluctuates during different stages of life due to hormonal changes, age, and stress.
However, low sex drive can be a concern if it causes stress, affects a man’s overall health, or leads to anxiety in the relationship.
Some chronic conditions that can affect sexual function include:
Diabetes: High blood sugar can damage blood vessels and nerves. These effects can lead to erectile dysfunction in men.
Osteoarthritis: People with pain and stiffness may find it more difficult to engage in sexual activities.
Heart disease: Heart disease can lead to damaged blood vessels and reduced circulation. This damage can reduce blood flow to the genitals, reducing stimulation or lubrication.
High blood pressure: High blood pressure can also affect blood circulation.
Cancer: Cancer treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, can all affect sex drive.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Research shows that untreated obstructive sleep apnea can cause symptoms of low sex drive.
Some medications can cause sexual dysfunction or a decrease in sex drive. These medications include: antidepressants, antipsychotics that increase prolactin levels, medications for an enlarged prostate, hormonal birth control pills, and medications for high blood pressure.
Using drugs or drinking too much alcohol can lead to low sex drive.
Testosterone is a male sex hormone produced in the testicles. Testosterone is responsible for male characteristics such as facial hair and muscle mass, as well as sex drive, sperm production and bone health. Low testosterone in men can produce other symptoms, such as enlarged breasts and erectile dysfunction.
Testicular trauma, prior chemotherapy or radiation therapy, anabolic steroid use, certain medications, and chronic illnesses can all cause low testosterone.
Emotional and psychological factors
Many emotional and psychological factors can affect a person’s sex drive.
Mental health problems from anxiety, depression, fatigue, low self-esteem, or previous sexual abuse can reduce a person’s interest in sexual activity.
Relationship problems, including lack of trust, conflict, and poor communication, can also lower a person’s sex drive.
If low sex drive is significantly affecting your life, see your doctor for advice. Treatments for men with low sex drive will often depend on the cause of the problem. For example, a doctor may recommend changing a medication that is causing sex-related side effects or treating a medical condition that lowers an individual’s sex drive.
If a man has low testosterone, his doctor may recommend testosterone replacement therapy in the form of a patch or injection.
Sometimes, simple lifestyle changes can also help regain sex drive. Eating a nutrient-dense diet, getting enough sleep, reducing or cutting out alcohol, and losing weight can all help increase interest in sex, improving overall health.
For some people, talk therapy or sex therapy can be helpful. These therapies can help men focus on pleasure and attachment, and reduce negative thoughts about sex.
Mr. Ngoc (Follow Medical News Today)