Facing male low libido? In this blog post, we will discuss what low libido is, what causes it, and how to fix it. We will also provide some tips for improving your sex drive naturally.
Sexual desire is a natural part of being human. But have you found yourself, or your partner, dreading doing the dirty? Has it become more of a chore than something you enjoy? You might be coming to a toe-to-toe tussle with the dreaded “Low libido”
It can be difficult coming to terms with the fact that your mind and body just isn’t into (literally, and figuratively) the things it used to be. And that’s okay. But let’s have a candid discussion on this very normal, and very common, male dilemma…
What is Low Libido?
Male Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (MHSDD) is defined in the DSM-5 as persistent or recurrently deficient sexual or erotic thoughts, fantasies, and desire for sexual activity. These symptoms must have persisted for a minimum of six months, and they must cause clinically significant distress.
Yes. There is a scientific name for it and no, it is not just a tiny bout of “I’m not in the mood tonight”. It goes beyond not being in the mood for some kinky escapades and usually causes significant distress.
It can affect men of all ages, but it is more common in men over the age of 40. As previously mentioned, this disorder is not as rare as one might think. While it may be a taboo topic, it’s worth noting that a whopping 15% of men struggle with low libido. And we think that that’s more than enough reason to start having some serious discussions on the topic.
There are many causes of low libido, including physical and psychological factors. Let’s look at the causes in a bit more detail:
What Causes Low Male Libido?
The causes of low libido in men can be physical, psychological, or a combination of both.
- Physical causes:
- Low testosterone levels are one of the most common causes of low libido in men. Testosterone is a hormone that plays a role in sexual desire, energy levels, and muscle mass.
- Age: Libido naturally declines with age.
- Medications: Some medications, such as antidepressants and blood pressure medications, can cause low libido as a side effect.
- Medical conditions: Medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity can also cause low libido.
- Injury or surgery: Injury or surgery to the penis, testicles, or spine can sometimes cause low libido.
When it comes to Psychological factors impacting male low libido, it can become a case of “what came first, the chicken or the egg”. Unfortunately, due to societal stereotypes and stigmas, male mental health and their libido are intimately intertwined and can become difficult to separate.
However, many studies have shows a clear correlation between various psychological factors and Male Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (MHSDD).
- Psychological causes: Psychological causes of low libido include:
- Stress: Stress can take a toll on your libido.
- Depression: Depression can also lead to low libido.
- Anxiety: Anxiety can also affect your sex drive.
- Relationship problems: Problems in your relationship, such as conflict or lack of communication, can also lead to low libido.
- Body image issues: If you are unhappy with your body, it can affect your sex drive.
- Past sexual trauma: Past sexual trauma can also lead to low libido.
How to Fix Low Male Libido
Firstly, getting a “fix” for low libido requires you to get to the root of the problem first. This can be done by the process of trial and elimination or you can see a professional to help you get to the bottom of it.
There are a number of things you can do to fix low libido, depending on the cause.
- Treat the underlying medical condition: If your low libido is caused by a medical condition, such as low testosterone levels, treating the underlying condition can help improve your libido.
- Make lifestyle changes: There are a number of lifestyle changes you can make to improve your libido, such as:
- Change your diet: Eat foods that can help to naturally improve your testosterone levels.
- Exercising regularly: Exercise can help improve your overall health and well-being, which can also improve your libido.
- Getting enough sleep: When you're well-rested, you're more likely to be interested in sex.
- Manage stress: Stress can take a toll on your libido, so it's important to find ways to manage stress. This could include exercise, relaxation techniques, or spending time with loved ones.
- Talk to your doctor: If you're concerned about your low libido, talk to your doctor. They can help you determine the cause of your low libido and recommend treatment options.
Low libido can be frustrating, but it doesn't have to be an embarrassing condition. It is important to remember that you are not alone. If you are experiencing low libido, it is important to talk to your doctor. They can help you determine the cause of your low libido and recommend treatment options. There are many effective treatments available, so don't give up hope. With the right treatment, you can improve your libido and enjoy a healthy sex life.
Disclaimer:This article is for entertainment purposes only. Please consult a medical professional for advice and assistance if you think you may be suffering from Male Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (MHSDD).