It’s not uncommon for your sex drive — or libido — to fluctuate throughout your life. However, if you feel like your libido has taken a hit and just isn’t at the level you’d like it to be, it can feel discouraging.
Low libido is when you have a diminished sex drive or desire to have sex, and this looks different for everyone. There is no right or wrong level of sexual desire. Some people want to have sex every day, while others only want to have it a few times a year, if at all. However, if you consistently feel like your sex drive isn’t where you want it, it’s essential to seek help.
At The Well for Health in Davidson, North Carolina, our team of sexual health experts wants you to know that having a low libido is common, and there are plenty of ways to address it. So, we explore possible causes of a decreased sex drive and how we can help in this blog.
What’s causing your low libido?
A huge step you can take in addressing your decreased sex drive is to try and find out the root cause. It’s important to note that it may not be one singular thing affecting your libido; multiple contributing factors could exist. Here are some common things that affect men’s and women’s sex drives.
Low sex drive in women
A decrease in sexual desire is more common for women than it is for men. Factors that impact female hormones, such as pregnancy or menopause, can cause libido to plummet. In addition, experiencing pain during sex or having a past sexual trauma can significantly decrease any desire for sex.
Low sex drive in men
Around 1 in 5 men experience low libido at some point in their lives due to several factors, including, but not limited to, pornography use, low testosterone, or excess alcohol consumption, which can lead to erectile dysfunction.
Low sex drive in both sexes
While many factors affect either men or women, many more can affect both sexes. Issues that affect both sexes include having a physical condition such as diabetes or osteoarthritis, taking certain medications such as antidepressants or antipsychotics, or having a mental health disorder such as anxiety and depression.
Both men and women can also struggle with physical intimacy due to a lack of emotional closeness in the relationship.
How we can help with your low libido
The essential first step in addressing your diminished sex drive is to find the root cause. Our team sits down with you, discusses your health history, and takes your physical, mental, and emotional health into account. We also review any medications you’re taking and talk through the health and status of your current relationships.
That information lets us take informed next steps as we tailor a treatment plan to you. We test your hormone levels if we suspect it’s a factor and look for any nutrient deficiencies.
Some solutions we can offer to boost your sex drive include going through hormone therapy and making any necessary lifestyle changes, such as exercising more, eating a healthier diet, and reducing stress levels.
If you’re struggling with a decreased desire for sex, our team would love to sit down with you and help you discover the root cause and address it. To schedule an appointment, call us at 704-459-5296 or use our online booking tool today.