Decreased libido in men and women

Loss of libido, or sexual desire, is a fairly common problem. Decreased sexual desire can be caused by several factors and may be different for each person. There are physical, psychological, and relationship issues that need to be considered when assessing reduced libido.

Decreased libido is found in both men and women. It is not uncommon for interest in sex life to change at different stages of a person's life due to hormonal changes, age, and stress.

The main causes of decreased libido are: Hormonal changes, illness, poor nutrition, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, obesity, pain, excessive alcohol or drug use. Medications such as antidepressants, antihypertensive drugs, and birth control pills can also help lower libido.

Causes of decreased libido in men and women

Psychological reasons, Such as stress, fatigue, low self-esteem, mood swings, depression and anxiety, can reduce interest in sex life. In addition, there may be relationship problems such as lack of communication between partners or significant lifestyle changes. Decreased libido may be observed during pregnancy, postpartum, and breastfeeding due to hormonal changes. Libido is also affected by chronic conditions such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, tumors and more.

For many men and women, Hormonal imbalance May be a major cause of loss of libido. Decreased libido is most commonly seen during perimenopause, menopause, and andropause between the ages of 40 and 55 years. Decreased sex-related hormones are said to develop at a young age. An imbalance of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone can lead to a decrease in sexual desire and energy. It is known that libido decreases also in women who have undergone total hysterectomy due to decreased levels of sex hormones.

Hormonal balance is one of the keys to maintaining a healthy libido. Of estrogen Excess and deficiency affect a woman's libido. Adequate amounts of estrogen help maintain sexual interest and keep vaginal tissue healthy. When estrogen levels decrease, dryness and atrophy (reduction of muscle mass) are noted in the vulva and vagina - these changes can cause irritation, pain, itching, and severe pain during sexual contact. Excess estrogen (estrogen dominance) can also lead to a loss of interest in sexual contact. Progesterone Low levels can lead to estrogen dominance, leading to depression, fibrocystic breast cancer, water retention, and fatigue, which can impair libido health.

Testosterone In women it is also a fundamental hormone for sexual desire as it affects interest, arousal, sexual reaction and orgasm. As a result, anything that lowers testosterone can lead to decreased libido.

Excessive or chronic stress can lead to hormonal imbalances, resulting in decreased libido. During stress, progesterone, the precursor hormone to testosterone, is converted to cortisol. Eventually, this leads to low testosterone levels and decreased libido.

Loss of desire in both women and men depends on physical, psychological, and relationship variables. Besides, With increasing age Together, their sexual desire diminishes, often due to hormonal changes and imbalances. Since it directly affects male libido Testosterone Levels when testosterone starts to decrease, the result is a decrease in libido. The brain has the highest concentration of testosterone receptors in the body, and sexual desire is a function of testosterone stimulating nerve endings. Low testosterone causes a decrease in the stimulation of the nerves in the brain, leading to decreased sexual desire and erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (impotence) and loss of libido are two different things; However, men who experience impotence usually also experience decreased libido.

Everything that grows Stress, Can lead to decreased libido because the body responds to stress by releasing cortisol. Cortisol lowers testosterone levels and therefore libido. High levels of estrogen in men can reduce sexual desire, cause erection difficulties and lead to breast enlargement.

Other hormones that can affect libido in men and women include Dehydroepiancrosterone (DHEA)  და Thyroid hormones. Because DHEA is a precursor to testosterone, inadequate concentrations of DHEA in the body can lead to low testosterone levels and a decrease in sexual desire. Also, abnormally low levels of thyroid hormones may reduce sexual desire due to a slowing of the metabolism of the reproductive organs. Tumors of the pituitary gland (which controls most of the hormones, including sex hormone) are a less common cause of libido loss.

Because libido is sensitive to hormone levels as well as general nutrition, health, medications, and overall fitness, evaluation and treatment should address all of these issues.

Treatment of impaired libido often depends on the treatment of the underlying problem.

If low libido is caused by an underlying health condition, you may need to change your medication. If your libido decline has psychological causes, you may need to see a therapist.

You can also take steps independently to boost your libido. The following actions have the potential to increase your libido:

  • Healthy lifestyle;
  • Enough sleep;
  • Stress management and
  • Healthy diet.

 

 

If you have impaired libido, it is advisable to determine the level of hormones responsible for libido in your body. That is why the laboratory "Synevo" offers tests on the following horons:

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You can also check DHEA-And thyroid hormone levels in the following studies:

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Resources:

https://socalbhrt.com/low-libido/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324861#in-women

https://www.healthline.com/health/low-testosterone/conditions-that-cause-low-libido#drug-use

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