A diminished sex drive often creates shame and puts strain on an otherwise solid relationship. While an occasional drop is normal, long-term issues can be the result of something a little more serious. Fortunately, many of the key causes of libido problems in men and women are treated with therapy, medications, or a combination of both.

The Leading Causes of Libido Problems in Men and Women


Before you panic unnecessarily, consider whether the following causes are relevant to you or your partner.

1. Depression

Feelings of hopelessness or sadness not only interfere with your everyday life, but they also reduce your interest in intimacy and pleasure. If you’re taking antidepressants, a low sex drive may be a side effect of the medication. Speak to your GP about switching medications or trying alternative treatment options.

2. Ageing

Due to an increase in hormonal imbalances, sexual responsiveness tends to fluctuate with age. Lowered testosterone levels in men lead to depression, fatigue, and libido problems while a drop in oestrogen levels experienced by women going through menopause lead to vaginal dryness, an aversion to touch, and painful intercourse. A simple blood test can confirm whether this is an issue and hormonal therapies can help treat it.

3. Anxiety, Stress, and Tiredness

Living a fast-paced life can put tremendous pressure on both the physical and mental health of an individual. You may need to slow down and take a break if you want your desire for sex back.

4. Drugs, Alcohol, and Medications

Excessive use of stimulants like drugs and alcohol can create long-term issues, while certain medications, such as those used to treat blood pressure, seizures, and psychosis, can take a toll on your sex drive. Although a change in prescription may help with medication side effects, you’ll need to seek recovery support for drug and alcohol abuse.

If there’s one thing you learn today, let it be this: low libido is natural from time to time. It’s also not a death sentence for your sex life. Simply speak to your GP to determine the cause and then consider your treatment options.

Do you have any questions about libido problems in men and women? Perhaps you have some advice to share. Let us know in the comment section below.

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