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A decrease in sex drive can develop both due to medical conditions as well as to psychological or emotional issues. Inhibited sexual desire is a type of sexual dysfunction that affects both men and women. A reduction in sexual desire has been associated with low testosterone levels in men. Likewise, women in the menopausal transition sometimes report a decrease in sex drive. Multiple types of chronic illnesses and chronic pain can also lead to a decrease in sex drive, likely through a combination of physical effects of the disease as well as the psychological stress associated with a chronic illness. Painful intercourse (dyspareunia) can lead to loss of libido in women. Psychological factors that may be associated with low libido include poor body image, anxiety, low self-esteem, stress, poor communication, lack of or breach of trust, and unresolved conflicts. Certain medications, such as some antidepressants, can also cause a reduction in sex drive.

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REFERENCES:

DeNoon, Daniel J. "When a Man's Sex Drive Is Too Low." WebMD.com. May 21, 2009. <http://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/features/when-a-mans-sex-drive-is-too-low>.

Seliger, Susan. "Loss of Libido in Men." WebMD.com. 2007. <http://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/features/loss-of-libido-in-men>.

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Other Causes of Low Libido
  • Aging
  • Chronic Illness, Such as Cancer
  • Dyspareunia
  • Medications
  • Relationship or Social Difficulties
Examples of Medications for Low Libido
  • estropipate, Ogen
  • lithium, Lithobid
  • pericyazine-oral
  • terazosin, Hytrin
  • testosterone - transdermal, Androderm
  • testosterone gel (Androgel)
  • trazodone, Desyrel (discontinued brand)


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