Are you feeling “asexual” these days? Have no desire or interest in being intimate with your partner? You could be suffering from low libido. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that 31% of men and 43% of women suffer from sexual inadequacy at some point in their lives.
A low libido does cause a lack of sexual desire, however, it can also affect your life in other ways. Your libido is your life energy which fuels motivation and provides a sense of well-being. A low libido may also be an indication of a more serious condition such as thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, cancer, heart problems or kidney disease. It is the libido that is commonly used to measure one’s state of health.
We Can Help!
Our doctors at Holtorf Medical Group are specially trained to diagnose and provide safe effective treatments for low libido. Consult with your doctor or please call (877) 508-1177 to speak with a patient representative.
What is Low Libido?
A low libido has been described as a hyposexual desire disorder. A definition of libido is the psychic and emotional energy associated with our instinctual biological drive.
What Causes Low Libido?
A low libido can occur due to many different physiological, emotional and lifestyle factors. A lack of testosterone is a very common cause of low libido in both men and women. Women also posses the testosterone hormone, which creates sexual desire in both sexes. The most common causes of low libido are:
- Decreased testosterone levels
- Hormone imbalance
- Low thyroid
- Menopause (low estrogen levels)
- Birth control pills
- Overuse of alcohol
- Lack of sleep
- Pain and pain medications
- Cancer and kidney disease which lowers testosterone levels
- Heart disease
What are Symptoms of Low Libido?
- Lack of the desire to engage in any form of sexual activity
- Lack of sexual fantasies
- Low energy or lack of motivation in life
- Feeling like you have lost your “mojo” for life
How is Low Libido Diagnosed?
Blood tests can be done to check your hormone levels, thyroid imbalance, diabetes or to screen for high cholesterol. Once the cause that is creating low libido is determined, safe and effective treatments can be implemented.
Is Treatment Right for Me?
Here at Holtorf Medical Group, treatments are tailored to address the individual needs of each patient, and provide treatment options. Here are a few of the treatment options offered:
This is the hormone which stimulates the libido and peaks during an orgasm. It can be prescribed by your doctor in a nasal spray which can be used before sexual intercourse. Daily use of oxytocin can provide relief of anxiety and depression or to counteract loss of libido due to antidepressant use.
Testosterone levels have dropped significantly in the last 20 years and is likely due to environmental issues such as toxins, pesticides, and plastics. Most countries have outlawed the use of fire retardants yet they continue to be used in the United States. The state of California has a mandatory requirement that fire retardants be added to many things such as furniture, plastics, and even fabrics, making it easy to understand why California is the number one state for low libido occurrence. Testosterone injections, gels, creams, or troches can be prescribed by your physician.
Menopausal women will often complain of low libido. Unfortunately, synthetic hormone replacement will often not alleviate the problem. The use of bioidentical hormones, hormones that are exact copies of hormones naturally produced by the body, can be very effective at returning the vigor and sex drive of youth.
Amino acids such as L-arginine can boost nitric oxide, a compound that relaxes blood vessels, and promotes more blood flow to the sexual organs. Gingko may also be used yet has shown only mild improvement for treatment of low libido.
We have all been inundated with the commercials for these products to treat male erectile dysfunction. They typically do not increase libido in men, but desire and orgasm is more complicated in women than in men. These medications can effectively improve the cascade of arousal in women and can increase libido and sexual satisfaction for about 30% of women and also can help women suffering from sexual dysfunction due to use of antidepressants.
Speak with your doctor regarding which treatment may be right for you or call (877) 508-1177 to speak with a patient representative.