You and your partner had an amazing date night. You ate at your favorite restaurant, saw a move you both loved, and spent some quality time together. But then the moment comes to take the evening up a notch, and, even after all that planning, you’re just not in the mood.
Low sex drive impacts hundreds of men and women across the country. It’s a problem all too easily overlooked. However, if left unchecked, low libido can have a serious impact on your relationship with your significant other. Even more than that, it can damage your self-confidence and overall sexual satisfaction.
So what could be causing your loss of libido? And what can you do to fix it? Below, we’ve outlined the top seven causes of a drop in sexual interest, as well as steps you can take to get it back again.
1. You’re under a lot of stress.
Stress is one of the biggest contributors to a loss of libido for both men and women. If you are stressed about work, finances, friends, family, or your love life, it can be hard to feel up to intimacy. For men, stress can also contribute to performance problems and erectile dysfunction.
2. You’re suffering from a hormonal imbalance.
For many men and women, low libido is a symptom of hormonal fluctuations, specifically the hormones testosterone and estrogen. Testosterone plays a key role in sex drive for both men and women. Unfortunately, it naturally decreases with age.
Estrogen itself doesn’t impact sexual drive. However, a decrease in estrogen can cause women to experience dry vaginal tissue, resulting in painful or uncomfortable sex. This can cause a decrease in libido. Estrogen drops are most often experienced during and following menopause.
3. You aren’t getting enough sleep.
Sleep isn’t just important for beauty. Exhaustion can have a significant impact on your sex drive, for men in particular. Several studies have found that men’s testosterone levels decrease between 10-15% on nights when they get five or fewer hours of sleep. This is most evident between 2:00 PM and 10:00 PM the next day.
Research also shows that one-third of men who suffer from sleep apnea experience lower testosterone levels.
4. You have a health condition that affects libido.
Sometimes, the cause of your low sex drive goes deeper than just a bad night’s sleep. Several health conditions can affect your sexual desire, stamina, and satisfaction. High cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and high blood pressure are all known to decrease libido.
Conditions that cause chronic pain can also affect your sex drive. Some of the most common offenders include cancer and endometriosis. Women who experience a consistently low libido might have hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD).
5. You suffer from depression or anxiety.
Mental health has a strong correlation to physical health. If you’re struggling with untreated depression or anxiety, chances are, problems can bleed over into your sex life as well.
6. You drank a bit too much.
One glass of wine may get you in the mood, but more than that can actually do the opposite. Alcohol can dehydrate the body, which decreases blood volume while increasing angiotensin, the hormone commonly associated with erectile dysfunction. It also decreases sexual sensitivity in both men and women.
7. Your medications are doing more harm than good.
Certain medications can also impact your libido. These might include:
- Blood pressure medications such as ACE inhibitors
- Beta-blockers may prevent ejaculation and erections
- Chemotherapy or radiation treatments for cancer
- Opioid pain relievers, such as morphine (MorphaBond, MS Contin) and oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
- Anti-fungal medication such as ketoconazole
- Cimetidine (Tagamet), which is used for heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Certain antidepressants and medications for mood disorders
8. There is tension in your relationship.
Emotional closeness is an important aspect of sexual intimacy, particularly for women. As a result, problems in your relationship can be a factor in low sex drive.
You may be more likely to experience a libido drop if you have ongoing issues with your partner, such as a lack of connection, unresolved conflicts or fights, poor communication of sexual preferences, or trust issues.
How To Improve Your Libido
Low libido can take a toll on your relationship and your confidence. Fortunately, there are plenty of treatments available. For some individuals, medication can improve sexual drive. You can also take steps to boost your libido on your own, including getting plenty of sleep, practicing stress management, exercising, and following a healthy diet.
If you are interested in a more effective, longer-lasting treatment, sexual enhancement procedures may be right for you. Our Sexual Vitality Program offers four proven, FDA-approved treatments to help both men and women experience more satisfying sex.
FOR MEN: If you struggle to get or maintain an erection, GAINSWave and the P-Shot are excellent treatment options. GAINSWave is an innovative treatment that utilizes high-frequency, low-intensity pulsed waves to improve blood flow, repair aged blood vessels, and more. The Priapus (P) Shot is a non-surgical, cutting-edge technique that reverses the effects of erectile dysfunction with powerful, long-lasting results.
FOR WOMEN: Low libido and decreased sexual sensitivity aren’t something you have to live with. diVa is a revolutionary laser resurfacing procedure that improves vaginal tissue, helping you experience greater orgasms without surgery or medication. The O-Shot is a non-surgical treatment that injects high-quality platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into the vagina to stimulate tissue growth, improve lubrication and blood flow, and resolve moderate incontinence issues.
Are you ready to boost your libido and enjoy better, more satisfying sex with your partner? Schedule a consultation with Matrix Age Management and find out how our Sexual Vitality treatments can help you.