Men can and do suffer from low libido, or a decreased sex drive
Common wisdom dictates that men are “always on,” sexual animals, ready for it, whenever and wherever they can get it, and that it is only women who experience decreased libido, or lack of a desire for sex.
Indeed, recent surveys have found that more than 40% of women over the age of 30 do experience “low libido” or decreased sexual desire. However, it may surprise you to know that almost as great a percentage of men, also experience a decrease in libido as they get older.
Decreased libido in men can be related to erectile dysfunction, the risk of which also increases the older a man gets. However, when we are talking about “libido” we are talking about “being in the mood,” or a desire to engage in sexual activity, and not necessarily the ability to perform.
Defining Low Libido
The medical dictionaries define low libido or “hypoactive sexual desire disorder,” as “persistent or recurrent lack of interest in sex.” But you do not have to fit that criteria to be dissatisfied with your sex life, or to seek help.
In men, there are a number of “lifestyle” issues that can lead to decreased sexual desire such as: smoking, alcohol abuse, diet, poor sleep, stress, anxiety, and certain medications.
However, if you are a man over 35, and find you are experiencing a decreased appetite for sex, the culprit is likely to be decreasing levels of testosterone.
Low Testosterone and Low Libido
It is perfectly normal for your sex drive to decline slowly from its peak in your teens and twenties. In addition, it’s hard to define exactly what a “low sex drive” is, because what one man considers “low” could be “normal” for another.
However, if you are between the ages of 35 and 55, and are losing interest in sex, you may have a decreased libido, and low testosterone is most likely the cause. [What is the Cause of Low Testosterone?]
Of course, testosterone isn’t the only factor driving your desire for sex and ability to perform. But if your testosterone level is low, it can significantly impact your sex life. The manufacturing plant for testosterone is in the testes. As with any machine, as time goes on, the mechanism becomes less and less efficient. By the time you reach your 40s, testosterone levels start to fall by about 1% a year. For some men, the decrease in production has little effect. But for many men, as you hit your 40s, 50s, and older, you may actually start to feel that drop off. Symptoms of low testosterone include reduction of libido or sex drive, a feeling of reduced virility or vitality, changes in mood, erectile dysfunction, decreased energy, reduced muscle and bone mass, and memory issues.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Increasing Libido
We offer men of all ages a range of testosterone treatment options for improved libido. While there is an accepted “normal” range for testosterone levels, what is low for one man, may be “normal” for another. That is why any treatment plan we develop starts with your individual evaluation. Then, following diagnostic testing and discussions with our testosterone therapy for libido physicians, we will develop a plan designed to increase your libido and sexual performance tailored to your particular needs and lifestyle.
Testosterone treatments for increased libido can range from applying topical creams, or gels to oral supplementation. Our hormone replacement specialists will determine which therapy, or combination of testosterone therapies, are right for you. Contact us today!