Loss of Libido: Know Its Causes and Solutions!

Loss of Libido: Know Its Causes and Solutions!


By Dr. Yuvraj Arora, Sexology

Loss of libido is typically recognized as a sexual dysfunction, a low sex drive, or simply a lack of interest in sexual activity. It is a common problem in males but it is, however, more common, in women than it is in men and there are a lot of factors that come into play which are responsible for causing it.

Causes of loss of libido 
There are several causes of the loss of libido. They can either be physical or psychological or a combination of the two.

1. Physical causes:

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
  • Lack of sleep
  • Too little or excess exercise
  • Prescription medicines
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Drug abuse
  • Aging
  • Menopause
  • Systemic illnesses, for instance, cancer or lung disease

2. Psychological causes: 

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship problems and issues

Solutions and treatments can differ and vary greatly based on the nature and intensity of the root cause of the problem, whether it is physical or psychological. Here are a few possible ways in which you can deal with the loss of libido: 

  1. Improve your diet to include more nutrients
  2. Get at least 6 to 7 hours of sleep everyday
  3. Exercise for at least 40 minutes, four times a week
  4. Cut down on the use of drugs and alcohol consumption
  5. Testosterone replacement therapy
  6. Wise and calculated use of antidepressants as they can lower your sex drive further (if the cause of low libido is depression)
  7. 7. Seek counseling from a sexual therapist, either alone or with your partner