Sexual desire disorder is a common problem that can affect nearly one in five men and higher than that of women at some point in their lives.
This is often associated with occupational and personal stress or with important life events such as pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.
But the sudden loss of sexual desire, especially when repeated or persisted for months, can also indicate a latent problem, personal, medical or lifestyle, that can be troublesome to both partners in the relationship.
You should make an appointment to see your doctor if you are concerned about your sexual desire, especially if you are disturbed by your sexual drive dwindling or affect your relationship to discuss potential causes and possible medical or psychological treatments.
You may find in the meantime the following useful information, which explains some of the most common reasons for the loss of libido.
You should first think about whether you are happy in your relationship. Do you have any doubts or concerns that may be the real cause of your loss of libido?
You may become more familiar with your partner if you have been married for a long time and feel a degree of sexual dissatisfaction. This is very common and can have a negative impact on your sexual motivation. It is one of the most common causes of loss of libido.
Think about whether the problem is a performance problem that makes sex difficult or unsaturated. For example, many men experience problems with ejaculation or erectile dysfunction. And women can experience painful sex or vaginal spasm (when the muscles tighten around the vagina involuntarily before penetration).
Check with your doctor if you are experiencing these problems, which are often treatable.
Your doctor may feel that you will benefit from psychological counseling. It is a form of relationship therapy where you and your partner can discuss any sexual or emotional issues that can contribute to the loss of your sexual desire.
Tension, anxiety and exhaustion
Both stress, anxiety and exhaustion may be depleted and have a big impact on your happiness. You may need to make some lifestyle changes or talk to your doctor for advice, if you feel that you are constantly tired, tense or anxious.
Depression is very different from just a feeling of misery, misery or boredom for a short time. It is a serious disease where you may have severe feelings of sadness that can last for a long time. These feelings are harsh enough to affect your daily life, including your sexual life.
You may be depressed if you feel frustrated or despair, or enjoy a small amount of doing the things you used to enjoy. It is really important to check with your doctor in this case. You may feel that you will benefit from antidepressants.
But low sex drive can also be a side effect of many antidepressant drugs. Talk to your doctor if you are already taking antidepressants and think they may be causing your problems, and you may be able to take a different medication.
Drugs and Alcohol
Drinking excess alcohol can limit your sexual motivation. Drug abuse causes the loss of sexual desire as well.
Many people are less interested in sex as they age, mainly because of low levels of sex hormones, age-related health problems, or side effects of the drug.
Older men can especially experience lower levels of testosterone, which can cause fatigue, depression, and decreased sex drive.
Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about it. You may have a blood test to check the level of your testosterone and may tell you about available treatments if the level is low.
Levels of female estrogen will begin to decline once women begin to approach menopause, which can affect sexual desire. Women can also suffer from low levels of testosterone, especially after hysterectomy. Testosterone is another hormone that can affect sex drive.
Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about the effect of menopause on your sexual desire. You may experience hormone replacement therapy (HRT) if appropriate for you.
Hypothyroidism may the least common decrease libido. Your thyroid gland (located in the neck) does not produce enough hormones. Common signs of hypothyroidism are fatigue, weight gain and depression.
Hypothyroidism is easy to treat by taking hormonal pills to replace hormones that we can not produce by this gland.
A hormonal problem called prolactin can also have a negative effect on your sexual drive, especially when you have a high blood level of that substance.
Other medical conditions
Long-term (chronic) medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity can have a negative effect on your sexual desire.
Some medications may sometimes reduce libido, such as:
Medications for hypertension, including diuretics
Medications for the treatment of depression, including antidepressants (serotonin inhibitors) (SSRIs)
Drugs for convulsions (seizures)
Medications such as haloperidol, commonly used to treat psychosis (a state of mind where a person can not distinguish between reality and fiction), as well as many other cases
Medications such as cimetidine, Phen-Astrid and cyproterone, which inhibit effects or limit the production of testosterone
Also, hormonal contraception (contraception, ring, or label), although this is rare.
Check with your doctor if you think that your medications are responsible for your low sexual motivation. They can review your medication if necessary and change your prescription to another drug that is less likely to affect your sexual desire.