Sex drive, as the term implies, is a driver. Also known as libido, it is a significant ingredient of sexual satisfaction. But, as you age or things change within the body, you may notice that your sex drive simply isn’t what it used to be. Thankfully, with Craft Medical, learning how to increase sex drive is easier than ever before.
What Is Libido?
First things first, let’s talk libido.
Libido generally describes sex drive or a desire for sexual activity. It is a key indicator of sexual health. The most common definition of sexual health is the one given by the World Health Organization in 2002.
It states that “Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction, or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence.”
Eminent psychologist Carl Jung identified libido as a form of psychic energy. Additionally, modern physicians and psychologists recognize the importance of libido to sexual health and overall well-being.
Loss of Libido or Sex Drive
Low libido or low sex drive describes a decrease in desire for sexual activity that can interfere with sexual health. Sex drive is not uniform, and there’s no such thing as a “normal” libido. However, if you are distressed by your lack of sex drive or its negative impacts on your relationship, you need to see a doctor or health professional.
It’s normal to feel embarrassed about getting help; however, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Sexual health problems are common, and getting professional help is the first step to recovery.
You could get help from a general practitioner, a psychotherapist, or a sexual health expert — like the professionals here at Craft Medical.
Causes Of Low Sex Drive
Increasing your sex drive can only become more manageable if you understand the cause. Low sex drive can have a single cause, but it is often caused by multiple factors, which could be psychological or physical, or both.
Are you happy in your relationship? Do you still feel physically attracted to your partner? These are questions you need to answer when dealing with low libido. Attraction can fade over time in a relationship due to over-familiarity.
Also, frequent arguments and unresolved issues can lead to a loss of sexual activity because you may not be inclined to engage in sexual activity with someone you’re fighting with.
Similarly, poor communication is a significant aspect of loss of sex drive caused by relationship issues.
When you fail to communicate your sexual expectations or disappointment with your partner, distrust and awkwardness can creep in.
In this case, we highly recommend counseling.
It’s important to remember that low sex drive can result from various physical health problems.
If you’re experiencing any of these complications, it’s crucial to get a doctor’s opinion. Here at Craft Medical, our doctors specialize in problems like PE and ED.
Stress or Fatigue
You may find it difficult to concentrate on sex when you have other disturbing things on your mind. Consequently, relaxing and engaging in sexual activity might become problematic.
On the other hand, physical fatigue means you have no interest in anything, including sex; you just want to rest. If you have a low sex drive, check to see if you’re not always tired or stressed.
Alcohol And Drugs
Excessive alcohol and drug use can lead to several health problems, and this includes impaired sex drive for both men and women.
Testosterone is a male hormone produced in the testicles. It is responsible for the development of bones and muscles and plays a significant role in your sex drive. If you haven’t found out already, a fair share of males suffers from this problem. Specifically, four out of ten men over 40 have low testosterone.
According to the American Urological Association (AUA) guidelines, adult men are considered to have low testosterone when their levels drop below 300 nanograms per decilitre. Consequently, a drop in testosterone levels leads to a drop in libido.
Furthermore, low levels of thyroid hormone is also a factor, and on rare occasions, high levels of prolactin, a hormone produced in a gland at the base of the brain.
Aging and Menopause
Aging is sometimes accompanied by a drop in the levels of sex hormones. For men, this means lesser testosterone, while for women, it is reduced estrogen and testosterone. Lower levels of sex hormone in women often happen just before, during, and after menopause.
Treatments such as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) are effective.
Underlying Health Conditions
Sex drive can be affected by health conditions. This may be due to the medication used for treatment or the mental and emotional strain it puts on you. For instance, health conditions such as cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, surgery can lead to low sex drive.
If you think your low sex drive may be a result of an underlying health condition, speak to a specialist.
Needless to say, sex is an exciting and fun activity — if you’ve tried it before. On the other hand, depression negatively interferes with all aspects of life — including your sex life — making it tough to get in the mood when you are emotionally down.
A professional may recommend therapy or antidepressants.
Treatment Of Low Sex Drive
Treatment depends on the causative factor. Where the cause is psychological or emotional, therapy is the recommended option. However, psychotherapy and counseling can be used to tackle depression, stress, and relationship problems.
In cases where the cause is physical, supplements and drugs may help. Additionally, supplements have proven effective for low testosterone.
Apart from therapy and drugs, other ways and practices that are effective in increasing sex drive include:
Moving your body is good for overall health, and this includes sexual health. For instance, men with low sex drive caused by erectile dysfunction have been shown to have improved their sex lives with exercise.
LEARN MORE: The Best Exercises for Premature Ejaculation
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is how the body repairs and heals itself. Without this restorative process, everyday bodily functions are impaired, which could affect sex drive. Getting into bed with your partner when you’re tired is not an ideal condition for a night of steamy passion.
Also, your internal biological clock, known as circadian rhythm, controls hormone secretion. Hence, sleep patterns may play a role in helping your body determine whether to release sex hormones.
Explore Herbs And Aphrodisiacs
Cultures around the world employ the use of herbs to stimulate sex drive. Chinese ginseng, Cordyceps, Muira pauma, and Ginkgo biloba are some of such herbs.
Cut Down On Alcohol
A glass of wine now and then is not so bad, but when consumption becomes too frequent, it can have adverse health effects on your sex drive, among other things. Equally important, excess alcohol can cause erectile dysfunction and inhibit your ability to orgasm. Cut down on alcohol for a more fulfilling sex life.
LEARN MORE: Can Alcohol Cause PE?
Get Into The Driver’s Seat With Craft Medical
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Also, we guarantee the utmost confidentiality. Our service is tailored to your specific needs, and every part — from counseling to medication — is handled by professionals.
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