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Libido in Men

Libido is the conscious component of sexual function. Decreased libido manifests as a lack of sexual interest or a decrease in the frequency and intensity of sexual thoughts, either spontaneous or in response to erotic stimuli and in masturbation. Libido is sensitive to testosterone levels as well as to general nutrition, health, and drugs.

Causes

Libido also tends to gradually decrease as a man ages. Persistent low libido may cause a man and his sex partner distress.

Psychological factors

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Homosexuality- reduced libido regarding the opposite gender
  • Poor body image and/or low self-esteem
  • Relationship issues

Drugs

  • Antidepressants and antipsychotic
  • Antihypertensive- beta blockers
  • Cannabis
  • Cimetidine
  • Spironolactone
  • Chemotherapeutic drugs

Hormonal factors

Insufficient testosterone amounts of the male sex hormone testosterone may cause low libido, though such a condition is unlikely to affect erectile function.

Medical illness

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Prostatic cancer
  • Fatigue can really suppress any interest in sex
  • Obesity or anorexia

Diagnosis

A blood test can measure the level of testosterone in the blood. However, the diagnosis is usually based on the man's description of his symptoms.

How to Improve Male Libido

  • Eat nutritious and energetic foods. Take a healthy diet rich in proteins and limited in carbohydrates and moderate in essential fats
  • Exercise regularly to maintain your weight. Obesity is a risk factor for erectile dysfunction and low testosterone
  • By eating well and exercising you can in increase testosterone product and thus an increase in libido
  • Try to live a stress free life. If you feel good and self confident you may feel more sexual and attractive to your partner
  • Proper sleep is also important in keeping you strong and energetic in bed. A good sleep helps you raise your sex drive substantially
  • Say no to alcohol and cigarette
  • Removing psychological barriers to increased sex drive can often be achieved through counseling or even just through improving communication between partners

Treatment

First step is to talk to her doctor, to ensure that a medical problem is not the cause for the low libido.


If no medical problem is found, it may be a good decision to seek the advice of a psychologist or therapist.


Testosterone replacement therapy- If the testosterone level is low, testosterone in the form of patch or gel applied to the skin or as an injection.