Decreased libido is a common problem among men, but if you’re like many American males, you don’t want to talk about it. Studies show that at least one in five men suffers from low sex drive – but what’s the root cause of it, and can it be treated?
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to how high your sex drive should be. The truth is, only you know if your libido is low enough that it causes you to be uncomfortable with your levels of desire.
There are many reasons – medications, stress and fatigue – that can cause a man to have a low sex drive. However, in many cases, there’s an underlying issue: a hormonal imbalance. The hormone testosterone, for example, contributes greatly to a man’s sex drive. If you’re low on testosterone, it makes sense for your sex drive to plummet. Other hormones can play a role in low libido, as well.
How can you tell if you have low libido? According to professionals, you’ll need to give yourself a “true” or “false” answer to the following questions.
If you have more true answers than false answers, you likely have low libido – and it’s a good idea to find out why (and treat the issue) sooner rather than later.
Before you start taking over-the-counter medications that claim to treat low sex drive, check with your doctor about testing for testosterone deficiency. You may have a problem producing testosterone or other hormones, but you won’t know unless your physician diagnoses you.
Your physician may be able to treat your low libido with bioidentical hormones. Unlike synthetic compounds, bioidentical hormones have the exact same composition as natural hormones do – and that enables your body to process and use them just as you’d use your own. Testosterone has been proven to have positive effects on moods, increase energy levels and help with several other problems, as well.