Factors That Affect Sexual Desire In Men

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Lack of libido is one of the problems that mostly affects male intimacy health. The loss of intimacy desire can occur totally or partially, thus becoming a problem between couples, and it can even generate crises in relationships. The disorder can cause other types of disorders, such as difficulty reaching orgasm and difficulty getting an erection.

The main causes of lack of libido are a deficiency of the male intimacy hormone, testosterone and an increase in prolactin. The best way to make the diagnosis is to look for a specialist doctor and perform some tests to identify the levels of testosterone in the body.

Below, check out the top 10 factors that may be decreasing male libido:

- Obesity

Obesity affects intimacy desire in two ways: physical, by changing the thyroid, triglycerides, diabetes and increased cholesterol, which can cause a drop in testosterone. And psychological, in which the individual does not accept his own body, causing a loss of libido.

- Stress

In many cases, stress is mainly responsible for the decrease in intimacy desire. With the increase in the energy used in the fight against day-to-day stress, the individual loses interest in intercourse. In some instances, chronic stress can result in a reduction in testosterone levels.

- Depression

Depression causes lack of appetite, isolation, difficulty in doing daily tasks, guilt and a feeling of powerlessness, directly affecting intimacy appetite.

- Anxiety

People who have symptoms of anxiety, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic disorder, may be less sexually interested because of their psychological state.

- Drugs and Alcohol

The excessive and high use of drugs and alcohol can influence the release of hormones, such as serotonin, progesterone and testosterone, causing a drop in libido. They can also alter blood flow, affecting ejaculation and erection.

- Decrease in Testosterone

Testosterone and prolactin levels tend to rise and fall over the years, causing a drop in libido, loss of muscle and bone mass, irritability, malaise, fatigue and abdominal fat.

- Smoking

Smoking can cause acute and chronic erectile dysfunction. The components of cigarettes (nicotine and tar), after inhaling, end up in the bloodstream and are deposited in the penile vascular tissues, which later become fibrous and cannot extend, promoting contractions, thus causing difficulty in erection and reducing flow.

- Erectile Dysfunction

The dysfunction erectile, is the difficulty in achieving and maintaining the erection of the penis to ensure a satisfactory penetration. The problem occurs due to the insufficient amount of blood in the region, or when it doesn't stay in the organ for the time necessary to cause the stiffness. With symptoms, the individual tends to have a lack of sexual desire.

- BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)

BPH is nothing more than the overgrowth of the prostate, which occurs over the years. When the development is excessive, the urethra undergoes compression, making erection difficult. The main symptoms are constant need and difficulty to urinate, and a feeling of full bladder. Thus leading to erectile dysfunction and a drop in libido.

- Medicines

Some medications used to treat diseases such as depression, high blood pressure and ulcers can affect the main serotonin receptors, drastically reducing intimacy interest.

Generally the forms of treatment include hormone replacement, changing some medications for hypertension or depression, psychotherapy, quitting addictions such as drugs, smoking and drinking, changing habits, and prostate surgery.

(Reference - https://www.healthline.com/health/low-testosterone/conditions-that-cause-low-libido)

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