Low libido, or reduced sexual desire, can be caused by various factors, and it can affect individuals of all genders and ages. The causes of low libido differ from person to person. Read on to learn more about this topic.
Hormonal imbalances cause physical and mental changes in individuals, including a low sex drive. As we age, decreased hormone levels can also affect sexual desire. In women, the hormonal changes associated with menopause can lead to a decline in sexual desire and changes in sexual function. In men, low testosterone levels can cause a low sex drive and erectile dysfunction.
Lifestyle factors including a lack of sleep, poor diet, and minimal exercise can cause a low sex drive due to the impact on hormonal balance, sexual health, and overall well-being. These lifestyle factors contribute to low energy levels and weight gain, which impact individuals physically, mentally, and emotionally.
A number of psychological factors may lead to low libido. Mental health conditions can affect both emotional and physical aspects of sexuality, high levels of stress or chronic stress can have negative impacts, and negative body image or low self-esteem can also interfere with sexual desire.
Trauma & Abuse:
Past experiences of trauma, such as sexual assault or abuse, can lead to reduced sexual desire and other sexual difficulties. Substance abuse including excessive alcohol consumption, drug use, or smoking can also contribute to reduced sexual desire.These experiences can have long-lasting effects on individuals’ ability to have authentic, trusting, and intimate relationships.
Emotional and physical intimacy in a relationship is essential for a healthy sex life. Conflict, communication problems, or unresolved issues with a partner can lead to a decreased desire for sex. Additionally, difficulty communicating desires and needs with a partner can lead to a lack of sexual interest.
Medications & Medical Treatments:
Medications including antidepressants and certain birth control pills have side effects that decrease sexual desire, several of which are related to hormonal changes. Certain medical treatments, such as radiation therapy or surgery, can impact sexual function and desire.
Treatment for Low Libido
Low libido is a complex issue, often involving a combination of these factors and others. Addressing low libido may require a comprehensive approach, which could involve lifestyle changes, medical treatment for underlying conditions, therapy or counseling, and improved communication.
At Regenerative Medical Institute, Dr. Orbeck specializes in intimacy wellness and helps patients identify specific causes of low libido to determine the best treatment options. Our office offers free consultations that can be scheduled through our website or by calling 877-573-3737.