Understanding Low Sexual Desire

Low sexual desire, commonly referred to as Low Libido is a decrease in sex drive. Individuals that experience low sexual desire, due to various causes, are impacted physically, mentally, and emotionally by the symptoms, the condition can cause. The underlying cause of every individual's symptoms of low sexual desire has to be addressed before treatment is considered. Low sexual desire is often the victim of misinformation - many people associate it with other sexual disorders like Erectile Dysfunction (ED). While low sexual desire can co-exist with other sexual disorders, either as a symptom or a cause, it is not the SAME as other sexual disorders.

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Causes

Mental Health Conditions

Depression and anxiety, two of the most common mental health conditions can have various negative effects on an individual's life. Both conditions reduce sexual desire significantly because it can lead to anxious or depressed thoughts and increased performance anxiety. Other mental health conditions that could result in low sexual desire symptoms include physical or sexual abuse, PTSD, OCD (an anxiety disorder), and bipolar disorder.

Medical Conditions 

Many chronic illnesses result in physical pain, not to mention taking a huge mental health toll on the individual experiencing it. Some conditions that reduce sexual desire as a consequence of their symptoms and effects are diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, and arthritis. With medical conditions that require medication treatment and/or affect mental health enough to cause depression, can exaggerate low sexual desire or libido.

Sexual Dysfunctions

Sexual health conditions such as Erectile Dysfunction, Premature or Delayed Ejaculation, and Performance Anxiety, can all lead to low sexual desire or low libido.

Hormone Imbalance - Low Testosterone 

While low testosterone levels are common in older men, it is very possible in younger men as well. These low levels can impact an individual's sex life by leading to reduced libido, reduced physical male characteristics such as muscle or hair loss and increased fatigue. 

Side Effects Of Medications 

There are certain classes of medications that can cause low sexual desire or low libido in men such as antidepressants (SSRIs & SNRIs), benzodiazepines, chemotherapy and beta-blockers.

Lifestyle Disruptions

Lifestyle choices greatly affect an individual's physical and mental health
- Binge alcohol drinking: can lead to low testosterone levels
- Increased stagnant or sedentary state: lack of activity can increase weight and risk for chronic medical conditions such as heart disease
- Smoking: increases the risk of erectile dysfunction.

Relationship / Interpersonal Concerns

Within a relationship - having frequent arguments can lead to intimacy issues. Sex is a significant part of a couple's life, and intimacy issues, over some time, can lead to a lack of sexual desire and/or libido.

Symptoms

While the main symptoms of low sexual desire or libido is just that, it can lead to other symptoms such as:
- Lack of interest in sexual activity
- Unable to have thoughts about sexual activities and sexual fantasies
- Difficulty in receiving pleasure from sexual related activities

Learn more about your condition

Causes

Mental Health Conditions

Depression and anxiety, two of the most common mental health conditions can have various negative effects on an individual's life. Both conditions reduce sexual desire significantly because it can lead to anxious or depressed thoughts and increased performance anxiety. Other mental health conditions that could result in low sexual desire symptoms include physical or sexual abuse, PTSD, OCD (an anxiety disorder), and bipolar disorder.

Medical Conditions 

Many chronic illnesses result in physical pain, not to mention taking a huge mental health toll on the individual experiencing it. Some conditions that reduce sexual desire as a consequence of their symptoms and effects are diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, and arthritis. With medical conditions that require medication treatment and/or affect mental health enough to cause depression, can exaggerate low sexual desire or libido.

Sexual Dysfunctions

Sexual health conditions such as Erectile Dysfunction, Premature or Delayed Ejaculation, and Performance Anxiety, can all lead to low sexual desire or low libido.

Hormone Imbalance - Low Testosterone 

While low testosterone levels are common in older men, it is very possible in younger men as well. These low levels can impact an individual's sex life by leading to reduced libido, reduced physical male characteristics such as muscle or hair loss and increased fatigue. 

Side Effects Of Medications 

There are certain classes of medications that can cause low sexual desire or low libido in men such as antidepressants (SSRIs & SNRIs), benzodiazepines, chemotherapy and beta-blockers.

Lifestyle Disruptions

Lifestyle choices greatly affect an individual's physical and mental health
- Binge alcohol drinking: can lead to low testosterone levels
- Increased stagnant or sedentary state: lack of activity can increase weight and risk for chronic medical conditions such as heart disease
- Smoking: increases the risk of erectile dysfunction.

Relationship / Interpersonal Concerns

Within a relationship - having frequent arguments can lead to intimacy issues. Sex is a significant part of a couple's life, and intimacy issues, over some time, can lead to a lack of sexual desire and/or libido.

Symptoms

While the main symptoms of low sexual desire or libido is just that, it can lead to other symptoms such as:
- Lack of interest in sexual activity
- Unable to have thoughts about sexual activities and sexual fantasies
- Difficulty in receiving pleasure from sexual related activities

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I was nervous about having sex because I wasn’t able to perform the first few times I tried. I could not discuss it with anyone. Dr. Pramod not only treated me, but also helped me with my performance anxiety, which made me more comfortable with the idea of having sex.

Curbing my porn addiction
22 yrs
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Single

I consulted with Dr. Karthik for my porn addiction and excessive masturbation. I haven’t sought out treatment for years due to being ashamed. During my consultations with him, I was able to understand how to curb the addiction through medications without putting too much pressure on myself.

Embarrassed about Premature Ejaculation
25 yrs
,
In relationship

I was suffering from premature ejaculation for quite some time, and decided to consult with Dr. Karthik. I was very uncomfortable in talking about it at first, but quickly felt safe because of his explaination of things in detail. I am happy to say that the treatment worked great for both me and my partner.

We are expecting twins this year!
38 yrs
,
Married

We were struggling to have kids for 3 years, and developed relationship problems because of it. Dr. Pramod explained that I had erectile dysfunction, and he was not only able to help me with it, but also helped us with our fertility issues.

Allayed my fear of Erectile Dysfunction
45 yrs
,
Divorced

I was always worried about the treatment process for ED. The combination of medications and psychosexual therapy came out to be a way of treatment. Allo Health's Care Plan put me on a holistic schedule which targeted all aspects of my condition and helped me so that I could sustain my lifestyle.

We were able to consummate our marriage
34 yrs
,
Married

We moved from the US to India to seek treatment for our fertility issues closer to home. My partner and I realised that professional medical advice is effective for our unconsummated marriage. After consulting with Dr. Sandip Deshpande for 5 sessions, we were able to consummate our marriage.

Helped with my performance anxiety
27 yrs
,
Single

I was nervous about having sex because I wasn’t able to perform the first few times I tried. I could not discuss it with anyone. Dr. Pramod not only treated me, but also helped me with my performance anxiety, which made me more comfortable with the idea of having sex.

Frequently asked questions

How does stress affect sexual health?

Stress triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone that leads to lower levels of testosterone which can lead to sexual dysfunction symptoms. Furthermore, it can also alter brain signals needed for the genital organs to have optimal blood flow during sexual activity.

How does smoking affect sexual health?

Smoking affects the levels of testosterone in both males and females. This is because it raises carbon monoxide levels in the body which leads to lower production of testosterone which can lead to sexual dysfunctions such as low libido and premature ejaculation. Furthermore, smoking can affect fertility as well making it harder to conceive along with negatively impacting a pregnancy. Men who are smokers commonly have low sperm counts and slow-moving sperm along with concerns about sperm function. Women who are smokers experience egg loss, disruption in ovarian cells responsible for making oestrogen/estrogen, and an increased incidence of genetic abnormalities in their children.

How does alcohol affect sexual health?

Alcohol has the ability to interfere with sexual stimulation by disrupting the signals sent between the brain and the genitals. It is common for those with alcoholism to experience low sexual desire, disruption in arousal (lubrication in women, and erection in men), and ejaculation disorders (such as delayed ejaculation).

Is there an association between diet and sexual health?

From medications to psychosexual therapy, there are ways to help treat the symptoms of ED, PE, and other sexual disorders. However, many often forget that their lifestyle habits can bring about changes in their sexual health as well. One lifestyle modification that many take for granted is diet — a bad diet can cause many things from medical conditions such as hypertension to affecting sexual health and function. For example, there are foods that improve erectile function by aiding in improved blood flow, and increased testosterone and nitric oxide production.

How does exercising help with sexual wellness?

Aerobic and pelvic floor exercises are highly recommended as a lifestyle modification while dealing with sexual dysfunction or disorders. These types of exercises help improve incontinence, manage conditions such as prostatitis and BPH, and of course, increase male sexual pleasure by helping men have greater control over ejaculation and orgasm. Cardio exercises help in keeping the blood vessels clear, and so, have the ability to improve one’s sex life. Sexual dysfunctions such as ED, are commonly caused by problems with the blood flow to the penis. Factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or concerns in weight management leading to obesity, can affect blood flow and lead to ED symptoms. Aerobic exercises help in all these conditions and improve sexual functioning.

How does depression and/or anxiety lead to sexual dysfunction?

While it is common knowledge that physical medical conditions or injuries can lead to sexual dysfunction, the fact that mental health conditions can also be a cause is often missed. When experiencing conditions such as depression and anxiety, an individual's mind and body are in a constant state of stress. This leads to the release of a hormone called cortisol - chronic high levels of this hormone can lead to the decrease of testosterone in the body. Low testosterone can lead to conditions such as low libido and erectile dysfunction. Depression is also characterised by a general lack of drive in all activities including sexual intimacy.

How can low testosterone lead to sexual dysfunction?

Testosterone, the male hormone, is closely associated with a male's sex drive and sexual performance. Low levels of this hormone can cause sexual dysfunction symptoms and disorders such as low libido and erectile dysfunction.

What does sexual dysfunction treatment include?

Sexual dysfunction is a broad term that explains persistent discomfort or difficulty with sexual response, desire, or orgasm. Conditions such as erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation fall under the sexual dysfunction category. Evidence-based and clinically proven sexual dysfunction treatments may include oral tablets, VED (vacuum erection device), injections, and/or surgery - the choice is dependent on the patient’s medical history and treatment plan.

Does Allo provide therapy sessions?

Sexual wellness from a holistic point of view caters to both the physical and psychological aspects of any diagnosed condition. There is a major psychological component to sexual disorders, for which we provide uninterrupted access to experts in the field.

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