Some of the causes listed below can vary from one person to the other. It is advisable to seek for help if your low sex drive begins to affect your relationship.
- Stress, tiredness and anxiety can affect your overall health and wellbeing as well as your sex drive.
- Menopause in women and getting older can also cause low levels of sexual hormones. Low oestrogen levels in women and low testosterone in men can cause low sex drive.
- Relationship breakdown as a result of poor communication and trust issues can also be a factor causing low sex drive.
- Certain medication including those used to treat heart disease, diabetes, antidepressants, and contraceptive drugs can also cause low sex drive. Ensure you check with your pharmacists about the information on side effects of your medication.
- Excessive alcohol consumption may be a turn off for your partner. Always drink alcohol in moderation.
- Sleep problem including sleep apnea may cause you fatigue and make you lose interest in sex. Ensure you get adequate sleep and discuss sleep problems with your medical practitioner.
- Having a new baby may be a cause of low sex drive in some relationships. Make adequate plans to have quality time with your partner even while you are nursing a baby.
- Low self-esteem about your person or your body can also affect your low sex drive. Assure your partner and make them feel good always to lift their mood.
- Overweight and obesity can make you lose interest in sex and cause your low sex drive. Check your BMI, manage your weight and eat healthily.
- Some sexual health problems such as erectile dysfunction, vagina dryness, infection of the genitals and inability to orgasm during sex can cause low sex drive. Speak to your doctor about any sexual health problem.
- Some underlying disease conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes can cause your low sex drive. Manage your health conditions, know your blood pressure numbers, check your blood sugar levels at a local pharmacy near you.
- Discuss with your partner and your healthcare professional for advice about your sexual wellbeing.
- Cut down on alcohol if you consume large amount over the limit.
- Engage in physical activity and manage your weight.
- Check information leaflet of drugs and discuss with your healthcare practitioners on side effects of your medication.
- For underlying disease conditions, ensure you discuss with your doctor if you experience low sex drive.
- Discuss menopause and low testosterone levels with your doctor.
- Speak to your doctor about anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions.
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