It’s normal to experience fluctuations in your interest in sex over the course of your life. It can change with life events, stress levels, relationships, and many other factors over time. If you’re bothered by decreased libido, however, then your board-certified urologist can help.
Libido is the term for sex drive or sexual appetite. It’s a complex combination of biological, psychological, and social factors powered by hormones. Libido can be vastly different for each person – some people naturally have very low libido, and some people naturally have very high libido. Libido can change over time and if you enjoyed a high libido that has now decreased, it’s normal to feel distressed about it. Sexual fulfillment is an important aspect of overall health and wellness, and there are ways to restore your libido to your desired levels.
Decreased libido can have many different psychological and physical causes, including:
- Medications (especially antidepressants)
- Mood disorders
- Drug or alcohol use
- Low hormone levels
- Relationship problems
- Too much or too little exercise
- Underlying health problems
Low sex drive can manifest in many different ways other than a lack of interest in sex. It can also include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Ejaculatory dysfunction
- Pain during sex
- Dryness or involuntary tightening of the vagina
It’s also common to have psychological and emotional symptoms like:
- Little interest in sex
- No sexual desires, thoughts, or fantasies
- Disinterest in pursuing or initiating sex
You may experience a combination of many different symptoms. If you’re bothered by these symptoms, then your urologist can help you explore your treatment options.
Decreased Libido Outlook
Treatment for restoring decreased libido can be an ongoing process, depending on the causes. However, it’s treatable with the right approach. As part of your treatment, your urologist can help you learn the right steps to prevent decreased libido from returning.
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Your urologist can first help you determine the cause of your libido change – this can determine the course of your treatment. For example, if your decreased libido is caused by medication side effects, you can work with your general practitioner to explore alternatives or make adjustments. Your urologist can also recommend a mental health professional if you need ways to manage stress, mood disorders, or relationship problems. Finally, if your low libido is caused by an underlying medical condition or low hormone levels, your urologist can help you explore your options for medications like bremelanotide or find the right specialist for your needs.
If you’re bothered by low sex drive, our team can help. To meet with Dr. Houman and learn more, contact our office by calling (310) 854-9898 or filling out our online form.
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