4 Myths & Facts: Low Sexual Desire
Low sexual desire is a very common occurrence among both males and females - it can be affected by both subjective and objective causes. Just like with many common sexual disorders, many myths and misconceptions surround the topic of low sexual desire - we’re here to bust a few!
Myth: Low Sexual Desire isn’t treatable.
Fact: Experts in the field of sexual medicine, through holistic therapy, can provide relief of Low Sexual Desire and their symptoms. The professionals first determine the cause behind their patient’s low sexual desire - they then target the cause and focus on both mind and body to help increase libido. Treatment for Low Sexual Desire includes hormone replacement therapy, treating any medical, mental health or sexual health conditions, changing medications that are causing side effects, and improving mental health and lifestyle habits.
Myth: Low Sexual Desire means a lack of attraction.
Fact: Low sexual desire does not equate to lack of attraction. There are various causes behind low sexual desire or low libido such as mental health conditions such as anxiety, and depression, medical conditions such as arthritis and diabetes, sexual dysfunctions such as Performance Anxiety, Erectile Dysfunction, and Premature Ejaculation, hormonal imbalances such as low testosterone and estrogen, and medication side effects from classes of meds such as antidepressants (SSRIs & SNRIs), antipsychotics and beta-blockers.
Myth: Low sexual desire has nothing to do with psychological health.
Fact: There are various causes - both physical and psychological - that can affect sexual desire or libido. Some include mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, increased stress, insecurities, and low-self esteem, physical/sexual abuse, hormonal conditions, medication side effects, etc.
Myth: Hormonal fluctuations do not affect sexual health.
Fact: Women experience hormone fluctuations as they age and when estrogen levels drop very low (commonly during the 40s and 50s), they go through menopause. The low levels of estrogen can lead to a negative impact on sexual wellness - for example, it can lead to low libido, vaginal dryness, or lack of lubrication leading to painful sex and disrupted mood and sleep patterns
Medically reviewed by Dr. Sandip Deshpande.
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