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Libido is a person’s sexual drive or desire for sexual activity. Libido is determined by biological, psychological, and social factors. The sex hormones and associated neurotransmitters that act upon the particular part of the brain can be regulated in humans.  

Is there a reasonable level for libido?

There are diagnostic conditions of low libido and high libido. In general, libido levels are only a problem if they are a problem for you or your partner. If a partner agrees on once or twice a month or once or twice a week of sexual intercourse, and that works for them, that’s fine. Even if there is a difference where interests are different, it’s not necessarily pathological. It depends on personal needs and time allowances.

What Causes low libido:

A lot of things, some physical and some psychological can cause a change in libido. Physical issues that can cause libido to decrease include low testosterone, some prescription medicines, less or more than needed exercise, alcohol and drug use. Psychological issues can include stress, depression, and issues in your relationship. About four out of ten men over age forty-five have low testosterone. While testosterone replacement therapy remains somewhat controversial, it’s also a simple solution to the problem.

How Is It Treated?

Depending on the cause, there are a lot of possible treatments for low libido. Some of these treatment options include:

  •     Life choices that include Healthier lifestyle choices can improve libido. Improving your diet, getting regular exercise and enough sleep, cutting down on the alcohol, and reducing stress can lead to improvement of libido.
  •     If the low libido is due to medication, try changing to a new medication if the one you’re on is affecting your libido.
  •     Testosterone replacement therapy is a known treatment option for low libido. especially in men. Although used as a last result, it is the most effective treatment option for low libido. 

You can make an appointment with Dr Kenny on 3188 5000.

This article is written to be informative and does not substitute seeking a professional consultation from a medical professional.

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