Low libido, or sex drive, is a common problem in men. For some, it can be a temporary problem, which happens occasionally. For such cases, there is usually no need to see a doctor. Allowing some time to pass may be all that you need. In other cases, however, the problem may be persistent. The good news is that there are numerous ways to treat low libido. Some of the common reasons why some men struggle with low libido are highlighted below.
Stress and Depression
When experiencing stress and depression, your body will have more of the cortisol and adrenaline hormones. An increased amount of stress hormones in the body is linked to reduced libido. Having stress or feeling depressed also means that you will likely be thinking more about the things that cause you the mental problems you are experiencing as opposed to having sex. Having the right thoughts and emotions for having sex may help to increase libido for such a case.
How you feel about yourself may also influence your libido quite significantly. You can have low self-confidence because of reasons such as not feeling attractive enough, worrying about your performance in bed, or having a fear of rejection. Whatever the cause is, there are chances that it will lead to reduced libido.
Lack of Enough Sleep
Having the right amount of quality sleep each night is essential to keeping libido at high levels. Having high libido requires you to have a healthy body and a sharp mind. Sleep does contribute directly to the overall physical and mental health. That means sleep affects libido indirectly. The amount of sleep that you should have in a day should average to about seven hours but may vary depending on the physical activities that you engage in during the day.
Various medicines are known to reduce libido as a side-effect. That is usually more of the case for medications used to treat high blood pressure, depression, and heart disease, among others. The solution to such may be as simple as waiting until you finish your prescription. Your doctor may also provide other medications that may help to reverse the entire situation.
Erectile dysfunction refers to another common sexual health problem that men experience. It refers to the inability of a man to achieve a quality erection or to maintain one for a long time. When a man is experiencing erectile dysfunction, he is also most likely going to have a low sex drive.
Low Testosterone Levels
The testosterone hormone is known to influence the libido directly. Having low testosterone levels in the body, thus usually leads to reduced libido in men. Testosterone levels can be affected by factors such as age, injury, inflammation, and testicle tumors, among others.
Various systemic illnesses are known to affect sperm production and the levels of testosterone in the body and thus libido as well. Such include kidney disease and cancer. That is because they cause the body to go to what is referred to as survival mode, where producing testosterone and sperm and other non-survival functions are not prioritized. Other diseases that may affect libido include HIV, diabetes, and renal disease.