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5 reasons for low sex drive in men these days and how to treat it

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TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Last updated on -Mar 11, 2023, 00:00 IST

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Key Points

‧ 1 in 5 men experience low libido.

‧ There could be several reasons why men experience low libido or ED (Erectile Dysfunction).

‧ Stress can cause low libido through different feedback loops.

01/7 Reasons for lack of sexual desire

Among every 5 men 1 faces the problem of low libido due to various reasons like stress or hormonal imbalances that make them want to avoid any kind of sexual activity. Yet, sometimes a loss of sex desire is a symptom of a deeper issue. Men’s decrease of sex desire can frequently be attributed to depression, stress, drunkenness, illicit drug usage, and weariness.

Here are several reasons why men may experience low sex drive:

02/7 ​​Stress: ​

High levels of stress can affect testosterone levels and reduce sex drive. If a person is distracted by a certain situation or goes through severe mental pressure, then his sexual drive decreases.

03/7​​ Hormonal imbalances:​

Dr. Caranj S.V., M.B.B.S., M.S. (General Surgery), M.Ch. (Urology), Medical expert with Kindly Health says, “Issues such as low testosterone levels, can lead to decreased sex drive. Men who have hypogonadism are determined to struggle with the problem of low testosterone levels estimated below 300 ng/dl. Such men face a lack of urge for any sexual activity.

04/7 ​​Medications: ​

Some medications can have side effects that reduce sex drive, such as antidepressants and blood pressure medications. Men taking radiation treatments or chemotherapy for cancer suffer from decreased sex drive along with those who take anabolic steroids like sportsmen.

05/7​​ Poor lifestyle habits: ​

Poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, consumption of excessive alcohol, and drug use can all contribute to low sex drive. Also, if proper sleep and rest are not taken then that also creates problems and causes low sex drive.

06/7 ​​Relationship issues: ​

Problems with a partner, such as communication issues or unresolved conflicts, can reduce sexual desire.

07/7​​ The solution to low sex drive in men include:​

Addressing stress: Finding ways to manage stress, such as through exercise, meditation, or therapy, can help improve sex drive. Adopting a healthier lifestyle: Cessation of smoking, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and reducing alcohol and drug use can all help improve sex drive. Treating hormonal imbalances: According to Dr. Caranj, “If low testosterone levels are the cause, hormone replacement therapy may be necessary.” Addressing relationship issues: Working with a partner to address communication issues and resolve conflicts can help improve sexual desire. Switching medications: If medication side effects are the cause, switching to a different medication may be necessary.

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