Do you find that you're just not as interested in sex anymore? Low libido (reduced sex drive) can strike men at any age, but it becomes more common as a man gets older. It may be caused by:
A man with low libido thinks less about sex and is less interested in having sex or masturbating. However, he usually doesn't lose his physical ability to have sex. Low libido can become a problem when it is distressing to the man or his partner, or when it starts to affect the relationship.
The good news is that low libido can be treated. If low libido is caused by a medication side effect, your doctor or pharmacist can suggest a different medication that is less likely to cause low libido.
Low libido that's caused by low testosterone can be treated with testosterone replacement therapy. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to see if your testosterone levels are low. Testosterone is available in a patch, gel, injection, and capsules.
Testosterone replacement is not appropriate for everyone. All forms of testosterone therapy may have some side effects and risks, including acne, decreased sperm production, fluid retention, and stimulation of prostate growth. Talk to your doctor about risks and benefits before starting treatment.
What about medications like Viagra® (sildenafil)? These medications (which also include tadalafil [Cialis®] and vardenafil [Levitra®]) help men who can't get an erection because of problems with blood flow into the penis. They do not help increase sex drive, so they are not useful for treating low libido.
If the cause is psychological, counseling and a treatment called sensate focus technique may help. This technique helps partners become more aware of the sensations they find pleasurable.
If you suffer from low libido, speak with your doctor to pinpoint the cause and see which treatment option may be right for you.
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