Libido is the desire to have sexual activity and it can be described as sex drive. It is usually common in women than men. Most men will have a reduced sex drive as they get older but it is still higher in men compared to women of the same age. Decreased libido in men can be caused by emotional, lifestyle, psychological and physical factors.
Low Male Testosterone Level
Libido and sex drive are directly affected by the level of the male hormone in the body. An imbalance of hormones in the body that causes the levels of testosterone to reduce will also cause a reduction in libido and sex drive. An imbalance of hormones in the body can be caused by inflammation, disease, injury to the body or a tumor affecting the testicles. Other conditions that affect the pituitary gland may also cause a hormonal imbalance.
Many conditions affect the balance of hormones in the body. This includes diseases that affect the liver for example cirrhosis where the liver becomes infected. The liver helps in the breakdown of the hormone called estrogen so that the level is reduced. When the functioning of the liver is affected, the level of estrogen increases and this reduced sex drive and libido.
It is advisable to take alcohol in moderations or stop taking alcohol all together. A little amount of alcohol will make one relaxed and ready for sex. Too much alcohol on the other hand will impair the nervous system and this will in turn have an effect on libido. Alcohol may also make one tired and this makes it difficult to achieve an erection.
Abuse Of Drugs
Drug abuse is one of the causes of reduced sex drive and libido. An example is marijuana that suppresses the function of the pituitary gland. This gland helps in controlling the production of the male hormone called testosterone. This reduces libido and sex drive in men. The hormone is responsible in increasing the libido and sex drive in men. It helps one to be able to achieve an erection and be able to maintain it. Taking of dugs interferes with the functioning of the body and this causes an imbalance of hormones. Hormones are involved in maintaining a healthy sexual life and when there is an imbalance, sexual activity is impaired.
Research has shown that there is a complicated link between depression and libido. Depression alters the functioning of the body and this cause an imbalance of the hormones. This will in turn reduce sex drive and libido as the hormones in the body have an effect on them. When one is depressed, it is hard for them to feel sexy or even have the desire to have sex. The drugs that are used in the treatment of depression can also cause reduced libido as one of their side effects.
When one is stressed, the body reacts by the production of hormones called cortisol and adrenaline. This will in turn interfere with the balance of hormones in the body and this reduces libido and sex drive. Stress also causes the hardening and narrowing of the blood vessels and this interfere with blood circulation. When there is interference with blood flow to the vital organs, there is difficulty in achieving an erection and maintaining it. This will in turn result to a decrease in libido and sex drive. Stress can also lower libido by distraction where one takes their mind off sexual activity and they are not able to have pleasure.
Sexual activity is largely dependent on a good supply of blood to the sexual organs. This includes the penis that needs to be well supplied with blood to be able to become erect. When one has anemia, there is reduced amount of blood in the body and this causes impairment in the sexual functioning.
Most people who are obese have a low self-esteem and they do not appreciate their bodies. This is because of the excess weight that makes them feel less attractive. This will in turn reduce their sex drive and libido. The increase fats in the body may also interfere with the flow of blood to the vital organs that are involved in sexual activity. This includes the brain and the penis and this makes it hard for one to be able to achieve and maintain an erection.
Diabetes is a disease that is caused by an increase in the level of blood glucose. This interferes with the balance of hormones in the body. This lowers the level of testosterone, the male hormone that is responsible for increased libido and sex drive.
Many factors in the body affect the sex drive and libido of man. This includes lifestyle, physiological factors, emotions and psychological factors. Sexual activity largely depends on the general health of an individual. When there is any factor that interferes with nerves, hormones, brain and the heart, the sexual functioning is also impaired.