When your libido is low, the negative effects do not just impact you—they may also affect your partner. On top of that, you may experience other effects related to decreased libido that could harm your self-image and intimate relationships just as much.
Fortunately, help for low libido is available. A Newport Beach decreased libido doctor could work to diagnose the cause of your low sex drive and determine an appropriate treatment so you can feel like yourself again. Speak with a hormone replacement doctor today and schedule a consultation.
For women, decreased libido generally results from lack of estrogen after menopause. During menopause, the ovaries gradually stop producing this hormone, and one of the many side effects of this change is a lack of sexual desire. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can revive libido as well as relieve other menopausal symptoms, such as insomnia, fatigue, depression, hot flashes, and night sweats.
In men, decreased libido is often directly related to testosterone levels. By the time a man reaches his 50s, his testosterone levels have dropped significantly from what they were in his 20s, when such hormone levels peaked. Once a man reaches age 30, his testosterone levels drop by approximately one percent annually.
Besides a loss of sex of drive, men with low testosterone may experience other symptoms. The most common include:
However, testosterone replacement therapy can boost hormone levels back to normal. As a result, a patient’s libido should increase and they should feel better overall. A Newport Beach decreased libido doctor could help a patient decide whether testosterone replacement therapy is right for them.
While low estrogen or testosterone is a primary cause of decreased libido, it is not the only one. Medications taken for high blood pressure, depression, high cholesterol and other conditions may cause low libido as a side effect.
Furthermore, not all drugs affecting libido are prescription medications. Certain over-the-counter medications such as cimetidine, which is used for heartburn relief, can cause low libido when used over the long term.
Chronic illness also affects libido, especially when the condition results in constant pain or fatigue as do diabetes, an underactive thyroid gland, and heart disease. Lifestyle issues that could potentially decrease libido include stress, smoking, recreational drug use, excess alcohol consumption, and obesity.
When seeing a doctor for decreased libido, it is crucial for patients to provide information about all medications currently taken, both prescription and over-the-counter. If the doctor finds that issues other than low testosterone or estrogen may cause decreased libido, the patient may be referred to a specialist.
Blood tests can be used to determine testosterone levels, while saliva testing may be used to determine estrogen levels. Women can receive estrogen supplements derived from natural plant sources, such as soy or yam, not from horse urine as is the case with conventional estrogen replacement therapy.
Conversely, men with low testosterone may need testosterone replacement therapy, which is available in injectable, intradermal pellet, cream, and gel forms. Once a man begins testosterone replacement therapy, he should notice that not only has his libido increased, but his exercise tolerance and energy levels are much better as well.
Results should appear within a few weeks of starting treatment, but it can take up to six months for patients to reach optimal health and normal libido while receiving bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Patients should receive regular monitoring and dosage adjustment, from their Newport Beach decreased libido doctor as needed. While side effects of testosterone and estrogen replacement therapy are relatively rare, it is important to report any negative changes to the doctor as soon as possible.
If your libido is low and you would like more information about treatment options, call the Newport Beach office of Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation. If Dr. Jacobson is not available to meet in person in Newport Beach, he is also available for remote conversations via Skype, Facetime, or telephone. A skilled Newport Beach decreased libido doctor could help you find a solution