Low Sexual Desire in Men

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Q: What is a Low Sexual Desire in Men?

Low sexual desire is described as the decrease in sexual activity. It is very common for men to notice a gradual decrease in sex drive as they age but sometimes it can affect your relationship.

Q: How can I recognize low sexual desire?

  1. Unhappy sexual relationship
  2. Less urge of sexual activity
  3. Blood flow to penis is less, so erections are not firm
  4. Erection does not occur as quickly or automatically
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Q: What are the common reasons for low sexual desire?

The possible reasons could be:
  1. Relationship problems: It is very important to have a happy relationship with your partner.
  2. Stress/ Anxiety/ Financial problems
  3. Fatigue
  4. Depression
  5. Alcohol/ Drug
  6. Ageing: Decrease in sex hormones, age related health problems and side effect of certain medications leads to low sexual desire
  7. Hormonal imbalance like underactive thyroid and low testosterone levels
  8. Contraception
  9. Medications like anti-depressants and blood pressure medications
  10. Sleeping disorders like Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  11. Medical problems like premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity have negative effect on sex drive

Q: What are the treatments available?

  1. If it is due to medications then the drug dosage may be altered under doctor's supervision.
  2. You should talk to your healthcare provider. He will suggest you appropriate treatment option, but it is very important to have an open and honest discussion.
  3. If low sexual drive is due to psychological reasons, you may need to visit a therapist for psychological and relationship counselling.
  4. You can also boost your low sexual drive on your own by living a healthy lifestyle, practicing stress/ anger management and by having a happy relationship with your partner.