Want to have a healthy sex life? But is low libido dampening your sex life? And don’t know what could be the actual cause behind it? Decreased Libido is a Reduction In Sex Life
What is Low Libido?
Low Libido describes a decreased interest in sexual activity in males or females. Although it is common for males and females to lose interest in sex from time to time, and libido levels vary through life. It’s also normal sometimes the interest of couples not to match with each other, however low libido for a long period of time may cause concern for some people ( male & female).
It can cause tension in a relationship, fostering doubt, and guilt in both partners, low libido often be treated if the underlying cause is identified. Underlying health conditions in male or females can sometimes be an indicator of low libido. You must not be confused with low libido with erectile dysfunction (ED), although the two conditions can co-exist. Communication and honesty are needed for a couple while identifying the possible cause.
What Are The Symptoms, Causes And Treatment Of Low Libido?
Low libido is a decrease in the sex drive in males or females. It often creates issues in the relationship but can be treated if identified properly. One must definitely consult his doctor without being embarrassed!
There could be various causes of low libido. Maybe a physical condition, or an emotional problem, in fact, medications can also be the reason behind it! Not that it is a terrible disease but you must not overlook it as well.
Here are few potential causes of low libido in males :
Causes of Low Libido
Some of the major causes of low libido in males are listed below, analyze through, which could be your possible reason:
1. Stress and Depression
Depression disorder is one of the major cause behind a low libido in males. Wondering how? Stress is what pushes you into depression. Either your work or your family concerns or any other traumatic condition is stressing you to this extent that you remain depressed 24*7. And this depression is causing low libido.
People with stress disorder, depression disorder and anxiety disorder experience a reduced or complete lack of interest in activities they once found pleasurable, including sex. You might be thinking to have anti-depressant pills as a cure for your depression but let me warn you these anti-depressant pills won’t save you, they are another major cause of low libido in males. And not to forget, ruining your sex life as well.
Talk to your doctor, if you are taking antidepressants and you are having the low libido. Your doctor might address your side effects by adjusting your dose or switching to another medication.
2. Low Testosterone
You must have heard about a hormone known as Testosterone. In males, it’s produced in the male testicles. It is responsible for strength, building muscles, bone mass and stimulating sperm production in males.
Your testosterone level also factors into your sex drive, When the testosterone level of males decreases the desire for sex also get decreases.
The levels of testosterone and sexual desire are directly connected. Low levels of testosterone indicate low sexual desires among males. It is said that you have a low testosterone when your levels are below 300 to 350 nanograms per deciliter.
Testosterone decreases with age but depression, stress, drugs could be another cause of low testosterone which, in turn, reduces your libido. However, a drastic drop in testosterone can cause decreased libido.
Talk to your doctor, if you think this might be an issue for you. You may able to take supplements or gels to increase your testosterone levels.
3. Chronic illness
Chronic illness is when you are suffering from a disease or you are ill for a prolonged time. When you are ill, your sex life gets affected. Your illness directly affects your mood. And this bad mood tends to decrease your sex desires.
Also, the sperm production count decreases. Diseases like cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, reduces your sperm production because the body focuses more on recovery.
Also, the medication involved in treatment for such disease indirectly causes low libido in males.
Medication helps you in recovering but at the same time, it has side effects too! These side effects are the causes of low libido.Almost complete class of drugs has such effects but common of them are antidepressants, antipsychotics, beta-blockers etc.
You must consult a doctor and can switch your medicines, accordingly.
Lifestyle greatly affects your libido. A little change in your lifestyle can improve your conditions. Some of them are:
- Smoking – It is responsible for indirectly affecting your sex life. It impairs your sexual arousal.
- Alcohol- When alcohol consumed for a longer time in excess then it directs the enzymes that synthesize testosterone from testes to liver thus reducing the levels.
Low sex drive in males could be because of any reason mentioned above. But how will you know that your sex drive is lowered? What probable signs are there for low sex drives?
- No interest in any sexual activity
- No sexual fantasy
- Hormonal changes
For every problem, there lies a solution. And to improve your low libido you have solutions as well.
Counseling is a great solution to all such problems. As discussed above, depression, stress is the cause for your low libido and counseling is a great medium to share your reason of depression and stress and thoughts to a person who will be guiding you with the most suitable solution. Counseling heals your mind and provides you with peace. It relieves your stress and thereby increases your low libido.
2. Change your medication
Changing your medication helps! You must stop consuming the ones which were reducing your libido level. Consult a doctor and change your medicines. You might feel you are getting back to normal.
3. Healthy diet
Unhealthy or poor diet can cause a low libido in males. It’s often advisable to have a healthy diet. Doctor, family or counselor all of them ask you to have a balanced diet and you wonder why so? A balanced diet contains fibers and minerals which enriches your health by lowering blood pressure and increasing the level of hormones.
The following food groups are essential parts of a balanced healthy diet :
- Oils (olive oil, mustard oil)
4. CBD Oil
CBD Oil is another treatment for increasing your low libido. CBD oil is an extract of a cannabis plant which is non-psychoactive, unlike THC(another extract of the cannabis plant). CBD is the second most prominent compound found in the cannabis plant and has so many tremendous health benefits such as :
- CBD kick off your neurological disorder
- CBD oil reduces nausea and vomiting
- CBD oil help in anti-inflammatory and pain relief
- CBD prevent the growth of tumor-related cancer cells
- CBD treat various malignant tumors
But out of all the exciting possibilities, there is one potential use of CBD that grabs my heart and it has everything to do with improving the level of libido in males. It is an effective treatment for the libido problem in males.
Who doesn’t wants a healthy sex life, but beware if your low libido is dampening it? Many reasons are there behind such condition but identifying it at the right time could be your relationship savior.
Also, don’t be embarrassed or ashamed of sharing it with someone. It would be the best if you consult a doctor. He will diagnose the exact problem and will provide you with the treatment which suits you the most.