Low libido and poor sex drive in men: What are the causes?

Experts say a low libido can even have various emotional and physical side effects and lead to anxiety. Photo: iStock/golubovy

It's said that sexual desire is generally higher in men than women due to the difference in testosterone. However, a fluctuating sex drive is quite common in various phases of our lives. Sometimes, a low libido can affect intimate relationships between couples. Experts say it can even have various emotional and physical side effects and lead to anxiety. It can also be an indication of certain medical conditions and might take a toll on some people's mental health. Here are the common causes of a poor sex drive in men.

1. Hormonal imbalance
Doctors explain that changes in the level of the male hormone testosterone can lead to a lack of sexual interest. Hypogonadism, a condition in which the testicles do not function properly, can reduce testosterone production. In most cases, it can be treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Unless the root causes of the condition are reversed through proper treatment, it can continue to persist.

2. Stress
Both mental and physical stress can lower testosterone levels, potentially resulting in a loss of sexual desire. According to researchers, this can also become a vicious cycle, as low sexual desire can cause more stress. Some of the tips given to naturally improve testosterone and reduce stress are weight management, exercise, better sleep, and high-protein low-fat foods.

3. Medications
Some medications that are used to treat depression and high blood pressure can reduce sexual interest. Additionally, men undergoing radiation treatment and chemotherapy, as well as those taking anabolic steroids like athletes, may experience low sexual desire.

4. Unhealthy lifestyle
Poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle lacking exercise, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and drug use can all suppress sexual desire. Furthermore, a lack of proper sleep and rest can also reduce sexual interest.

5. Problems with partner
Arguments and disaffection with one's partner, and communication issues can decrease psychological intimacy between couples, potentially leading to reduced sexual interest. Reducing stress and adopting an active lifestyle, including exercise and a balanced diet, can help stimulate sexual desire.

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