When asked, most people struggle to define decreased libido.
A lack of libido indicates a lack of desire to engage in sexual activities.
It’s normal to have a dip in libido and a decline in sexual desire from time to time. And it’s perfectly acceptable for your interests to diverge from your partner’s occasionally.
On the other hand, a persistent lack of libido may be cause for alarm. Sometimes it’s a sign of something more serious going on with your body.
Some potential reasons why men may have a low libido are discussed below.
Low sperm count
The male hormone testosterone plays a crucial role in male development and health. The testicles are the primary organ of production in men.
Muscle and bone growth, as well as sperm production, are all aided by testosterone’s presence in the body. Your libido is also affected by your testosterone levels.
Testosterone levels within the normal range can range. However, according to recommendations from the American Urological Association, adult males are diagnosed with low T when their levels fall below 300 ng/dL. (AUA).
Your libido and desire to have sexual relations will both decline with a drop in testosterone.
Testosterone levels naturally decline with age. However, low libido can be the result of a sudden decline in testosterone.
If you are concerned that this could be an issue for you, consult with your doctor. Supplements or gels may help you achieve higher testosterone levels.
Certain drugs might reduce testosterone levels, which can have a negative impact on libido.
Blood pressure drugs including angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and beta-blockers, for instance, may impede ejaculation and erections.
The following drugs are also known to reduce testosterone levels:
treatments for cancer such as chemotherapy or radiation
Prostate cancer treatment hormones
prescription painkillers that work on the opioid receptors in the brain, such as oxycodone (Percocet) and morphine (MorphaBond, MS Contin) (OxyContin, Percocet)
ketoconazole, an anti-fungal drug
medication called cimetidine (brand name: Tagamet) that treats acid reflux and indigestion (GERD)
drugs with anabolic effects, which some athletes use to bulk up
drugs used to treat depression
Consult your physician if you feel like you may be suffering from low testosterone. They might suggest trying a different drug.
Symptoms of a disorder characterized by restless legs (RLS)
The incessant need to move one’s legs is known as restless legs syndrome (RLS). Researchers have observed that ED is more common in males with RLS than in those without the condition. A man with ED struggles to get and keep an erection.
Those who experienced RLS at least five times a month were shown to have a 50% higher risk of developing ED than men who did not experience RLS.
Moreover, the frequency with which a man experienced RLS episodes was a significant predictor of impotence.
When a person is depressed, their entire world shifts. When depressed, people lose interest in formerly enjoyable activities, including sexual activity.
Some antidepressants, such as, also have the side effect of causing a decrease in libido.
drugs like duloxetine, which block the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine, are used to treat depression (Cymbalta)
drugs like Prozac (fluoxetine) and Sertraline (sertraline) that block serotonin from being re-uptaken by the brain (Zoloft)
Bupropion, sold under the brand names Wellbutrin SR and Wellbutrin XL, is a type of drug known as a norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NRDI), however it hasn’t been found to lower libido.
If your libido is low while taking antidepressants, talk to your doctor. Adjusting your dosage or switching medications may be recommended to alleviate your negative effects.
Condition that persists over time
In the midst of dealing with the symptoms of a persistent illness, such constant pain, having sexual relations may be the last thing on your mind.
The generation of sperm can also be diminished by diseases like cancer.
Besides diabetes, the following chronic diseases might also lower your libido:
the second form of diabetes
abnormally high blood pressure
increased levels of cholesterol
respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, and hepatic failure
Talk to your partner about how to maintain your intimacy when you are both dealing with a chronic disease. If you’re still having trouble, it might be time to contact a sex therapist or marriage counselor.
Nonobese males with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have reduced testosterone levels, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. As a result, both sex life and desire suffer.
Nearly a third of the males in the study with severe sleep apnea also had low testosterone levels.
A recent study found that restricting young, healthy males to five hours of sleep a night for a week lowered testosterone levels by 10 to 15 percent.
The effects of sleep restriction on testosterone levels were observed to be most pronounced between 2:00 and 10:00 PM the following day.
Libido is correlated with testosterone levels, and men’s testosterone levels are maximum in their late teens.
It may take more time to ejaculate, get aroused, and have an orgasm as you age. You might not be able to have as strong of an erection, and it might take longer for your penis to straighten out.
But there are drugs that can help with it.
Distractions, such as stressful events or times of increased pressure, can dampen sexual desire. Because stress can alter your hormone levels. Under pressure, your blood vessels can constrict. Because of the decrease in blood flow, ED may develop.
Scientific Research and Essays presented a study that seemed to back up the idea that stress has a direct effect on sexual dysfunction in both sexes.
Another study of veterans with PTSD indicated that the prevalence of sexual dysfunction was greater than twofold higher among those with the stress disorder.
It’s not easy to avoid stress. Life events like as relationship difficulties, divorce, the death of a loved one, money troubles, a new baby, or a demanding job schedule can have a significant impact on a person’s desire to have sexual relations.
Breathing exercises, meditation, and talking to a therapist are all examples of stress management approaches that could prove beneficial.
For instance, males with a recent diagnosis of ED who participated in an 8-week stress management program saw significant increases in erectile function ratings.
Lack of confidence
The term “self-esteem” refers to an individual’s overall sense of approval with oneself. The mental and emotional toll of low self-esteem, lack of confidence, and negative body image is real.
Being self-conscious about your appearance can dampen your desire for sexual relations. If you’re self-conscious about your appearance, you may even try to avoid having sexual encounters altogether.
Inadequate self-worth has been linked to sexual performance anxiety, which in turn has been linked to erectile dysfunction (ED) and a decline in sexual desire.
Low libido has been linked to a number of mental health concerns, including low self-esteem, sadness, anxiety, and substance addiction.
Insufficient (or Excessive) Physical Activity
For men, reduced sex desire can also be the result of excessive or insufficient exercise.
Negative effects on sexual desire and arousal can stem from a host of health issues, including a lack of exercise.
Low libido is linked to obesity, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, all of which may be prevented via regular exercise. Exercising moderately has been shown to reduce cortisol levels at night and stress, both of which can boost sex drive.
However, research has linked excessive exercise to declines in sexual health. Higher levels of chronic intensive and prolonged endurance exercise on a regular basis were highly correlated with lower libido scores in men, according to one study.
A decrease in testosterone production has also been linked to heavy alcohol consumption, defined as more than 14 mixed drinks per week. Alcohol abuse can diminish a person’s libido over time.
Men who routinely consume three or more alcoholic beverages are urged to cut back by the Cleveland Clinic. According to the CDC, the average adult male should limit his alcohol consumption to two drinks per day. More than that, and it could have serious consequences for his health.
Several substances have been linked to reduced testosterone production, including alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and illicit medications like opioids. An absence of libidinal drive may come from this.
The generation and mobility of sperm have both been shown to be negatively affected by smoking.
Consequences of decreased libido on one’s body and mind
Loss of sex desire can cause men a lot of distress. The inability to get and keep an erection long enough to have satisfying sex is one of the physical and emotional consequences of a low libido.
When a man has erectile dysfunction, he may start worrying about having sex. There may be less intimacy and more stress in the relationship as a result of the resulting tension and disagreements between him and his partner.
Depression, low self-esteem, and an unhealthy preoccupation with one’s appearance might result from ED-related incapacity to excel.
Low libido can be helped by addressing the underlying cause.
There may be a need to switch medications if your low libido is the result of a medical problem. Relationship counseling may be helpful if the root of your low libido is psychological.