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Jan 26th 2015 at 1:48 AM

Causes of Low Male Sexual Desire and What to Do about It!

There is a belief that the male sex drive is always available as a powerhouse. Therefore, when a man loses his sexual desire, it can be a source of wonder to many. Although much less common than in women, where low desire is the most common sexual difficulty, is not uncommon for a man too.

For the low sexual desire, it becomes a sexual disorder and there should be no fantasies or interest in sexual intercourse or other sexual activity. In addition, the person must be experiencing high levels of stress or anxiety because of this or feel that his relationship and other areas of life are affected.
Although much less studied than erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, some statistics about low sexual desire in the male population are as follows;

  • According to a study of University of Chicago conducted in 29 countries on the sexuality of people between 40 and 80 years, the frequency of low sexual desire in men is between 13 and 28%.
  • Low sexual desire along with erectile dysfunction and difficulty achieving orgasm became more common as men grew older. The researchers concluded that sexual problems in men seem to be more associated with physical health status and age than women.
  • In the United States, it was found that men between 50 and 59 years were 3 times more likely to experience low sex drive than men between 18 and 29 years according to National Health and Social Life Survey.

Research published in 2013 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine analyzed the frequency and reasons for low male sexual desire in a sample of 5255 men aged 18 to 75 years in Norway, Croatia and Portugal. 14% of participants reported having had no desire for a period of two months or more during the last year, being more frequent among men who were in a committed relationship. The findings of this research were as follows;

  • Who were experiencing periods of depression also had low sexual desire.
  • Those men who had little confidence in their erectile capacity were 5 times more likely to report low sexual desire than men who were not worried about their ability to maintain an erection.
  • Those who were not attracted by their partners were 2.7 times more likely to experience low sexual desire that men feel attracted to their partners.
  • The men in long committed relationships were 1.5 more likely to deal with low sexual desire.

When these men were asked directly about the reasons for their low sex drive, their responses were the following;

  • Physical tiredness and fatigue
  • Work stress
  • Relationship problems like poor communication, sexually passive couples and interpersonal conflicts
  • Monotonous and boring sex life
  • Be long with the same partner

These results show that male sexual desire is not mechanical, but depends on a multitude of variables as biological, emotional and relationship. It is noteworthy that certain health conditions and some medications can also cause decreased sexual desire of man such as;

  • Depression
  • Low testosterone level
  • Physical weakness and excessive fatigue
  • Hormonal imbalances like thyroid problems or high levels of prolactin
  • Incontinence of urine or stool
  • Direct physiological effects of a disease or disability that causes fatigue, pain or severe discomfort such as arthritis, cancer, lung disease, heart or kidney failure, liver disease, among others.
  • Use of antidepressant drugs which reduce testosterone levels

General Actions in Case of Experiencing Low Sex Drive

  • Check with your doctor to rule out any health condition or medication that could be affecting your level of sexual desire.
  • Talk to your partner. When the couple shows affection to each other and communicates daily, there is less risk of sexual problems.
  • Break sexual monotony and make every effort to give sex an important place in your life. Learn to handle stress and anxiety. A healthy lifestyle reduces stress, so do more exercise, get enough sleep and eat healthy foods. Dedicate time to relax and reconnect with your inner peace to enjoy longer sex life.
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