Men come in all shapes and sizes. We eat different foods, speak different languages and have different hobbies. But there’s one thing most of us can agree on: sex is awesome.
And so it always comes as a bit of a shock when a man loses his libido. From the age of about 13 until, well, death, most men have sex on the brain a majority of the time, it’s just how we’re wired.
While it is more common than you may think for a man to lose his libido for short periods of time throughout his life, losing all interest in sex for an extended period of time is definitely cause for concern.
Here are a few potential causes of low libido in men.
Testosterone is a sex hormone found in both men and women, but men definitely have higher levels – or at least they should. Testosterone is produced in a man’s testicles and is responsible for building muscle and bone mass, and for stimulating sperm production. Your T-levels are also a major factor in your sex drive.
When your T-levels drop, your sex drive drops. Now, decreased testosterone levels are a natural part of aging. However, sometimes younger men can experience a sudden and drastic drop in their T-levels, and this can lead to low libido.
Now you may be wondering what causes T-levels to drop on a younger man? One of the biggest culprits is prescription medications. For instance, many blood pressure medications such as ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers have been known to cause erectile dysfunction and prevent ejaculations.
But those certainly aren’t the only medications that can mess with a man’s T-levels and libido. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer can definitely cause issues. Opioid pain relievers and antifungal medications can also cause issues. And finally, some heartburn medications, steroids and antidepressants can also cause a disruption to the libido.
When you are physically feeling unwell because of a chronic illness or chronic pain, sex is most likely low on your list of priorities. Some chronic illnesses that have been known to take a toll on your libido include:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High cholesterol
- Heart, kidney or liver failure
A study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that nonobese men with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) had lower T-levels and a decreased desire for sexual activity.
Other studies have shown a clear link between a lack of sleep and decreased testosterone levels. For instance, this study found that when healthy men had restricted sleep of only 5 hours per night, their T-levels decreased up to 15%.
And last but certainly not least, chronic stress disrupts a man’s hormone levels. One study of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder found that the stress disorder increased their risk of sexual dysfunction more than threefold.
And, as if the stress itself weren’t bad enough, HOW a man deals with that stress can also impact his sexual performance. For instance, heavy drinking can lead to erectile dysfunction. Eating an unhealthy diet can lead to obesity, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, which, as I mentioned a bit earlier, can all lead to decreased testosterone levels a d low libido.
It’s important to deal with stress in healthy ways. Exercise is a great way to beat stress, as is meditation. You may also want to consider taking a natural supplement such as ginseng, which has been proven to help people deal with stress and anxiety.
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