Also known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), low libido is a condition characterised by a lack of interest or desire for sexual activity.
It is a common problem that can affect both men and women of all ages.
Here are some things you should know about low libido:
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Hormonal imbalances: Low levels of testosterone in men and estrogen in women can affect libido.
Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and depression can cause low libido.
Medications: Some medications such as antidepressants and blood pressure drugs can decrease libido.
Lifestyle factors: Lack of exercise, poor diet, stress, and alcohol or drug abuse can all contribute to low libido.
- Reduced interest or desire for sexual activity
- Difficulty becoming aroused
- Decreased sexual thoughts or fantasies
- Reduced sexual activity or difficulty maintaining an erection or achieving orgasm
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Addressing underlying medical conditions or hormonal imbalances
Switching medications or adjusting dosages
Counseling or therapy to address psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, or depression
Lifestyle changes such as exercise, healthy eating, stress management, and reducing alcohol or drug use
Medications such as testosterone or estrogen replacement therapy or medications that improve sexual function such as sildenafil (Viagra) or tadalafil (Cialis)
It’s important to note that a certain level of fluctuation in libido is normal, and what is considered low libido may vary from person to person. It’s also important to communicate with your partner and healthcare provider if you are experiencing low libido to ensure appropriate treatment and support.
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