Society tends to think stereotypically about the human sex drive, with men being constantly on the ready and women playing defense with the old, “Not tonight, I have a headache” line. The truth of the matter is, as many as 1 in 5 men have low sex drive, and sex is actually the last thing on their mind. Nearly 30% of women report having a more voracious sex drive than their partner, yet women are rarely pictured as the ones initiating the between-the-sheets action.
A condition known as Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) is a relatively common occurrence in men, characterized primarily by low sexual desire. So is HSDD a problem? Yes and no. HSDD may possibly be an indication of a more serious medical or psychological issue which may warrant treatment. However, for many men, it has no physical consequences and is really only a problem if it causes distress in their lives or becomes a point of contention with their partner. Being aware of contributing factors of HSDD — and seeking treatment when needed — may help combat the symptoms of HSDD and improve a low sex drive. Engaging in a daily penis care routine can also ensure that when the mood does strike, everything is in working order.
Causes of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder
Unfortunately, there is not always one clear cause for HSDD. However, the most frequently occurring reasons include:
Psychological: Stress, anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, work problems and other mental disorders are all contributing factors that can lessen sexual desire.
Medical: Various diseases contribute to low sex drive: diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, thyroid issues, cancer and high cholesterol can all cause a dip in desire. Certain medications do have the unpleasant side effect of loss of desire, as well; common culprits include HIV drugs, hair-loss remedies, and psychotropic medications such as antidepressants and antianxiety medication. Excessive use of alcohol or other substances can also inhibit both sexual drive and performance.
Hormonal: The male hormone testosterone is largely related to sexual desire. Because levels naturally decline as a man ages, low libido is often thought of as a problem of the older male; however, young men can also experience a testosterone drop great enough to affect their desire. Chronic diseases and medication use can all spin testosterone levels out of whack; other hormones such as low thyroid levels may also influence desire.
Dopamine: Certain chemicals in the body are responsible for sexual desire and functioning. Dopamine is one such chemical that reacts in the brain’s “pleasure center” and is largely responsible for inciting feelings of sexual desire.
How to treat loss of libido
First and foremost, a medical evaluation is always a good idea. A doc can help rule out medical, psychological and hormonal effects as causes of the drop in desire, and may even recommend a certain medication as an easy fix for the problem at hand. Increasing physical exercise can combat stress, anxiety and depression and may help rebound a once insatiable desire to its glorious former state. Having open conversations with one’s partner is important, particularly communicating that the loss of desire is not caused by a loss of attraction or love for the partner; and trying to spice things up in the bedroom, via exploration of mutual fantasies, may just be the spark that gets things going. Again, open communication in such a situation is imperative. Lastly, talking to a therapist who specializes in sexual behavior issues may help shine light on the root of the issue making a unique treatment plan possible.
Caring for the Penis
While the onset of a low sex-drive may be out of one’s control in many situations, keeping the penis healthy is one step toward a good sex life that a man can control. Daily use of a high-quality penis health formula (most professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) can help revitalize the skin of the penis, increase blood flow to the area, and enhance sensitivity, making it all the more enjoyable when the time is right.