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5 Causes of Low Libido in Men

A person’s libido refers to their overall sexual desire.  It’s important to note that it’s completely normal to not have a consistent libido; this means that one day we have a high sexual desire, and the next we don’t.  Our libido becomes a problem, however, if we have long-term low libido, as it could affect our intimate relationships.  Since this could occur for different reasons, let’s take a look at 5 of the most common causes of a low sex drive.


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Aging

After the age of 30, men have a natural decrease in testosterone, but it isn’t usually noticeable until after the age of 50.  That’s why many men over the age of 50 start to notice a decline in their sex drive.  In addition, low testosterone also can cause erectile dysfunction, muscle loss, weight gain, and depression.

 

Medications

There are many medications that can lead to decreased testosterone levels, therefore resulting in less sexual desire.  For instance, beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors (blood pressure medications) are known for affecting sexual arousal.

 

Stress

Between work, relationship issues, school, and your family, many people have a lot on their plate.  Although it’s normal to feel stressed every so often, chronic stress can impact the body.  Not only can it lead to a lower sex drive, but it can also cause erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.

 

Chronic Illness

There are some illnesses that affect your testosterone, therefore affecting your sex drive.  This includes prostate cancer, underactive thyroid, HIV/AIDS, inflammatory diseases, obesity, and more.

 

Trouble Sleeping

Insomnia and sleep apnea have both been linked to low testosterone levels.  In addition, when a  person isn’t sleeping well, they tend to struggle with fatigue.  As a result, they may not prioritize their sexual relationships.

A man’s libido can be affected by many different things.  If you notice that your sex drive has decreased, set an appointment with your urologist in New York.  They will help you identify the underlying cause, which will then help them create a treatment plan.

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