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Aging and Low Libido: What's Normal, and What's Cause for Concern?

Aging and Low Libido: What's Normal, and What's Cause for Concern?

The ebb and flow of desire throughout your life is as natural as changing seasons. But when the fire seems to flicker out, especially as the flames from your birthday candles increase, it understandably ignites questions and concerns.

Frankly, the topic of sexual desire or libido doesn’t pop up in enough conversations, but we want to change that.

Our team of libido experts at The Well for Health in Mooresville, North Carolina, knows that sex is an essential part of healthy living, and we’re here to help you understand the ebbs and get your flow back.

What drives your sex drive?

Libido, or sexual desire, is a complex aspect of human sexuality that can change significantly over your lifetime. It’s dictated by hormonal and psychological factors that can differ greatly from person to person. 

Aging can affect your libido, but understanding whether these changes are a normal part of getting older or indicative of health issues is critical. 

For example, during adolescence and young adulthood, your sexual desire may have been strong, but it decreased as you grew older because hormones, relationships, overall health, and life stage can influence your sexual desire over time. 

The Well for Health team can guide you through the aging process and its potential impacts on your sexual desires.

Is it normal for libido to decrease with age?

Normal is a tricky term when it comes to human sexuality; your libido is as individual as you are. Yet, the aging process can lead to a new normal. 

While some notice a significant difference in their sexual appetite, others may glide through the years with little alteration. According to the National Council on Aging, women often experience a decline in their late 40s and early 50s, and men note changes in their 60s and 70s.

If you experience a significant shift in your libido, learning when and why it warrants concern is critical. 

Long-term low libido that leads to personal distress or affects relationships might signal hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), which involves an absence of sexual thoughts and little to no interest in sexual activity. It warrants professional attention if the symptoms persist for six months or more.

What causes a loss of libido in aging men and women?

In women, declining estrogen levels during perimenopause or menopause can lead to vaginal dryness and painful intercourse, factors that affect sexual satisfaction. 

Men may experience andropause, characterized by a natural decrease in testosterone levels, which can manifest as a lowered sex drive and other symptoms such as erectile dysfunction. 

Chronic illnesses, medications, emotional distress, and changes in life circumstances can also contribute to a fading libido.

Natural remedies for age-related low libido

Fortunately, we have strategies to address low libido, whether rooted in physical health, psychological well-being, or relational dynamics.

If you prefer natural remedies, lifestyle adjustments can provide a significant uplift.

Eat right and exercise

A nutrient-rich diet and regular physical activity enhance your overall health and sexual vitality.

Amp up the romance

Simple acts of affection and setting the mood can reignite passion and cultivate a connection that extends beyond the physical.

Prioritize sleep

Quality sleep restores body systems, including reproductive health and sexual desire. 

Medical therapies for age-related low libido

When natural interventions fall short, don’t panic. We have medical strategies to restore your waning sex drive. 

If you have a hormone imbalance, we may prescribe traditional or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. 

You may benefit from talking to a licensed counselor or therapist to address psychological barriers to a fulfilling sex life.

We also check your thyroid and adrenal glands to determine whether dysfunction with those organs is the culprit behind your low libido.

For women with signs of vaginal atrophy, such as thin, loose vaginal tissue, vaginal dryness, and painful sex, we offer MonaLisa Touch®, a revolutionary noninvasive treatment that tightens and restores aging vaginal tissue.

Don’t live with a lackluster sex drive — request an appointment online or call The Well for Health today and enjoy sex throughout your golden years. 

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