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Decreased Sexual Desire(Libido)

A person's overall sexual drive or desire for sexual activity is called Libido. Different factors such as biological, psychological and social factors helps to determine sexual desire. All these factors can show impact on an individual's sexual desire. It can be also affected by medications, medical conditions, relationship issues and life style. Sexual desire may increase suddenly due to hypersexuality or puberty. But, the healthy level of sex is not yet determined by studies. Studies say that, human sexual desire can be affected by various factors differently to the particular age groups. It is found that, decreased sexual desire can affect around 1 in 5 men and more number of women at certain stages of their life.

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Loss of Libido or decreased sexual desire:

An individual may loss interest in sex due to diverse factors. Mostly, it can be personal stress or life-changing events. As it worry relationships a lot, it is necessary to understand the underlying cause and remove it from the life.

Issues among the partners may influence them psychologically. If you are not happy in your relationship for any reason, it could be the cause for your disinterest towards sex. Your partner's poor performance while intercourse can also be a reason. It may dissatisfy your partner and loss his/her interest in sexual activities with you. Relationship problems are seen as the main cause for loss of libido. Other causes can be categorized into two- Physical and psychological.

Main physical causes are:

  • Obesity
  • Anaemia
  • Hyperprolactinaemia
  • Underweight or malnourishment
  • Smoking and alcohol use
  • Ageing
  • Diabetes
  • Medication
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Hormonal problems etc.

Psychological causes may include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Exhaustion
  • Depression
  • Sexual abuse
  • Assault
  • Body image issues
  • Unexpected pregnancy

Hormonal changes play a vital role in decreased sexual desire. Under active thyroid is the main factor that causes low libido. Ageing can cause both psychological and physical factors. The symptoms for low libido may vary accordingly. Main and common symptoms is less interest towards sexual intercourse.

Normally, sexual desire and responsiveness vary when comparing men and women. It is necessary to regain the lost desire as it is an inevitable flavour for a long-term relationship. Treatments and therapies vary according to the causes of the issue. It is important to find the cause that induces low libido. Otherwise, it cannot be treated completely.

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