You used to enjoy sex — the intimacy, the release, the pleasure. These days, however, none of that sounds appealing to you because your libido has plummeted.
As someone who specializes in men’s health, Dr. Mike Hsieh understands that your sexual function is a very important component of your overall health. An active sex life is integral to your quality of life, and your lower sex drive is casting a shadow that's extending far beyond the bedroom.
The first step in getting your sexual swagger back is to figure out what’s behind your uncharacteristic disinterest in sex. Let’s look at four of the more common culprits here.
1. Low T
Your sex drive can be an elusive thing, but there's no mistake that your reproductive hormones, namely testosterone, govern this area of your health quite directly.
Between 10% and 40% of men have testosterone levels that are lower than normal, which can have no small impact on your libido. While testosterone deficiency, or low T, is most often associated with aging, the problem is striking more young adults than ever before. A recent study found that 20% of men between the ages of 20 and 39 have low T.
So, low T is one area that we check first when you have low libido. Good news: if we confirm low T is behind your sexual issues, we can turn to hormone replacement therapies.
2. Certain medications
There are some medications that can impact your sexual health, including:
- Heart medications like beta blockers
This list isn’t comprehensive, but it’s a good sampling. If we find that medications are behind your libido issues, we can work with your medical teams to come up with solutions.
3. Mental health issues
Another common driver of low libido are mental health issues, with depression and anxiety leading the charge. If you consider that depression alone affects 21 million adults in the United States, you understand how widespread this problem, and its side effects, are.
Mental health disorders like depression and anxiety can consume your mental and emotional health and sex often becomes the last thing on your mind. If we suspect that your low libido is linked to your mental health, we can point you in the right direction for help.
4. Chronic illnesses
Did you know that nearly half the population in the US — about 133 million — has a chronic illness? Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, heart disease, or obesity, can affect every area of your health, including your sexual health.
If your lack of sex drive is linked to a chronic disease, we work with you to ensure that the disease is well managed so that it has less impact in your life.
If you want to get to the bottom of your low libido, your first step is to contact Dr. Hsieh’s office in La Jolla, California, to schedule an appointment.