Though unpleasant, low libido, or a low sex drive, is a pretty normal occurrence in both men and women. Low libido can affect your self-esteem, cause isolation, lead to poor communication in your relationships, and tank intimacy. Depending on factors like age, medication, mental health, and diseases, you can pinpoint exactly what’s hindering your sex drive and receive treatment. Treatment can be as simple as changing your lifestyle, or it can involve medical treatments like hormone replacement therapy.
Causes of Low Libido or Low Sex Drive
Diabetes can cause nerve damage and decrease blood flow in the body. This decreased blood flow can affect libido.
High Blood Pressure
Much like diabetes, high blood pressure can decrease blood flow. Thus, it can cause a drastic decrease in sex drive.
The effects of little sleep and little uninterrupted sleep can lead to low libido.
Medications That Can Cause Low Libido
Medications can affect libido in a variety of ways. Using alcohol or other substances in excess can also cause a decrease in libido.
Depression is known to severely lower sex drive as well as a lack of motivation, lack of sleep, appetite, and so forth.
Relationship or Intimacy Problems
Other factors that affect your sex drive can be based in your intimate relationships. If you don’t trust your partner, or if you fight a lot, or even if you have trouble communicating, it can affect your libido. Therapy can help with mental illnesses, sexual trauma, and relationship problems.
Hormone Changes and Aging
A common cause of low libido can be hormone changes that happen during the aging process.
Talking a Professional
Talking to an expert can seem like a difficult first step, especially if you don’t know when it’s time to do so. When you can’t achieve or maintain an erection, it’s time to get professional help. If you suddenly lose the ability to maintain erections, it’s also essential to speak to a professional. There are a variety of physical and medical tests that can be ordered to help find the cause.
Alcohol is a depressant, as stated previously, which can cause fatigue and loss of libido.
Smoking decreases blood flow in the body, which affects libido.
By exercising, you increase your stamina and improve blood flow.
Maintaining a healthy diet can also help.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
While HRT may not always be the answer, we can help you determine if it’s right for you. Hormone replacement therapy usually consists of a systematic integration of testosterone. Hormone replacement therapy can lead to a better quality of life overall.