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Low Libido in Men

Low or total absence of sexual thought, desire or fantasy. Lack of interest in sexual activity.

Also known as low sex drive

About the Condition

Libido is a human desire to engage in sexual activity. Libido is principally driven by the hormone testosterone in both men and women. Low testosterone levels in men and women usually results in low sexual drive and sexual disinterest.

Testosterone is produced by the testes in men and the ovaries in women. In both sexes testosterone levels decline with advancing age, alcohol consumption, smoking and the use of some prescription medications. In most cases, restoring blood testosterone concentrations to a normal healthy level increases libido and sexual desire.

Most men have a strong libido and have normal sexual function until middle age. Many men in middle age notice a gradual change in body shape, physical activity and sexual desire and performance.

This can be due to a number of factors, however an important consideration is testosterone.

Next page: Symptoms of Low Libido in Men

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Symptoms of Low Libido in Men

Low libido is a reduced desire for sexual activity. Testosterone is the primary hormone responsible for sexual desire, fantasy, arousal and sexual function in men. It plays an important role in muscle strength and mass, fat metabolism, bone, energy levels and mood. Low libido in men most often due to a decline in testosterone levels.

Typical symptoms of testosterone deficiency include:

  • Low or reduced libido
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Depression
  • Lack of concentration
  • Emotional mood changes
  • Loss of muscle mass and strength
  • Increased abdominal fat
  • Sleep disturbances

Low or reduced libido can have a serious negative affect on your psychological health and well being. It impacts on personal relationships and can cause genuine personal distress.

Next page: Causes of Low Libido in Men

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Causes of Low Libido in Men

Low libido in men is most often caused by low testosterone levels in the blood. This can be due to factors such as:

  • Aging
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Chronic disease and the treatment of chronic disease
  • Drug use (such as opiates, glucocorticoids, anabolic steroids)
  • Acute critical illness, burns, major trauma or surgery
  • Stress
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Obesity
  • Some prescribed drugs – especially antidepressants
  • Diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome
  • An underactive thyroid gland
  • Latent homosexuality
  • Serious relationship problems with your partner
  • Childhood sexual abuse

Or it can be the result of testicular, brain or genetic disorders such as:

  • Klinefelter Syndrome (genetic)
  • Cryptorchidism and defects of testis development (such as twisted or strangulated testes)
  • Orchitis (inflammation of the testes that results in permanent damage)
  • Orchidectomy (the surgical removal of the testes)
  • Toxin exposure (such as radiation, chemotherapy and radiotherapy; domestic, industrial or environmental poisons)
  • Kallmann’s syndrome
  • Pituitary gland tumour and treatment (such as surgery and/or irradiation)
  • Haemochromatosis (blood iron disorder)
  • Craniopharyngioma (benign tumour of the brain)
  • Other genetic causes

Next page: Treatment of Low Libido in Men

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Treatment for Low Libido in Men

Testosterone is the hormone responsible for sexual desire in both men and women. Low levels of testosterone is generally the main cause of reduced sexual desire in men.

The extent to which low testosterone is impacting on a man’s quality of life is diagnosed via a combination of blood tests and symptom assessments.

Blood tests are taken to measure testosterone levels and provide a snapshot of levels at that point in time only. Testosterone levels decrease throughout the day, being at their highest levels in the morning. We therefore recommend having your blood tests done early in the day.

This rise and fall over a 24 hour period is called the testosterone circadian rhythm.

Testosterone Circadian Rhythm

The required blood tests are:

  • Total testosterone
  • Free-testosterone
  • Free Androgen Index (FAI)

To get an accurate measure of testosterone levels, it is important to combine blood testing and clinical assessments conducted through tests such as the Aging Male Symptoms questionnaire.

Next page: Further information about Low Libido in Men

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Topics discussed in the Testosterone for Men booklet include:

  • What is Testosterone?
  • Causes of Testosterone Deficiency
  • How is Testosterone Deficiency in Men Diagnosed?
  • Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
  • Testosterone Treatment Options
  • Potential Risks of Testosterone Treatment (Short and Long Term)
  • Testosterone Check List
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