Decreased Libido

Condition

What is libido?

Libido is the desire to engage in sexual activity. About 5% of men have decreased libido, a condition that increases with age.

What causes decreased libido?

Decreased libido has many causes. Although most men with erectile dysfunction do not complain of decreased libido, after time, persistent difficulty with erections and sexual performance can lead to reduced sex drive in some men.

Common causes of low libido include:

What is the treatment for decreased libido?

As is the case with ED, treatment of decreased libido depends on the cause of the condition. For some men, adopting a healthier lifestyle, such as exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, reducing stress, and/or limiting alcohol, can help resolve the problem.

Other treatment options may include switching medications, treating an underlying condition, testosterone replacement hormone therapy if the man has hypogonadism, or relationship counseling.

Questions to ask your doctor:

  1. What is the cause of my low libido?
  2. What are my treatment options?
  3. Do I need to see a specialist other than my endocrinologist?
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