Is Your Lack Of Sex Drive Normal?

August 26, 2022
Sexual Disorders

Low sexual desire, or low libido, is a decrease in sex drive. The causes involve physical, mental, and emotional factors that result in different symptoms. Low sexual desire can be influenced by a variety of factors, including hormonal imbalance, advanced age, medication side effects, chronic illnesses, and addictive or compulsive behaviour. A treatment plan is only considered after a holistic evaluation is done to determine the underlying cause. Low sexual desire can co-exist with other sexual disorders, either as a symptom or a cause.

Some causes of low libido include:

- Mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety 
- Medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, etc 
- Sexual dysfunctions such as ED and PE
- Hormonal conditions such as low testosterone and estrogen levels
- Lifestyle factors such as obesity and substance abuse
- Interpersonal concerns within relationships

The symptoms of low sexual desire include:

- Lack of interest in initiating and/or engaging in sexual activity 
- Challenges to feeling pleasure from sexual activity 
- Inability to feel pleasure through sexual stimulation
- Little or no sexual thoughts or fantasies 
- If sexual activity is initiated by a partner, the inability to join in 

Low sexual desire is most commonly a symptom of a condition called Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD). However, this is only diagnosed if the patient frequently experiences the symptoms mentioned above. However, it is important to remember, that the intensity and even existence of sexual desire are subjective, dependent on many factors, and, don't remain the same throughout anyone's life.

While low libido is often experienced by many, it is by no means "abnormal"—due to the many factors that can lead to it, the symptoms can be inherently subjective. If you feel that your symptoms of low sexual desire have been affecting your physical and mental health, we encourage you to reach out to a professional.

The stigma associated with sexual dysfunction or concerns related to sexual health is unnecessary. Sexual disorders are common and treatable. Understanding the cause behind these symptoms will help you understand that it’s perfectly normal to experience low sexual desire. 

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