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Sexual drive can be said to simply refer to a person’s general interest and desire to engage in sexual activities. The decline in this interest and desire to engage in sexual activities is called low sex drive or decreased libido.

There are a lot of factors that can affect sexual drive negatively. Some of these factors are; social, physiological, physical situations, some medications, and some medical condition.

In general, low sexual drive mostly occur in women than men due to physiological and hormonal imbalances. About one out of every six men may have a low sexual drive at specific points in their life.

Though psychological situations and emotional imbalances can lead to low sexual drive at a point in time, persistent decline in libido is most probably due to a medical condition which interferes with the normal function of the sexual cycle and also causes a decline in the performance integrity of sexual organs.

WHAT SHOWS THAT A PERSON HAS LOW SEX DRIVE?

Low sex drive among individuals may vary because the extent of peoples’ involvement and desires in sexual activities are different.

But notwithstanding this, there are significant signs among men and women that may show a decreased sexual drive.

1. Total loss of desire for sexual activities than one used to.

2. Inability to attain the maximum sexual excitement(orgasm) like one used to during sexual activities.

3. Extreme vaginal dryness which causes pain during sexual intercourse following a low-desire to engage in sex.

4. Inability to begin erection and sustain an erection before and during sexual activities following low interest in the sexual activity.

SIX MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT CAN LOWER LIBIDO

These are health problems that affect the sex cycle of an individual negatively and reduce sexual drive.

1. Hypertension:

High blood pressure is a major cause of decreased sex drive. The inability to circulate blood properly leads to decreased levels of testosterone in circulation. If the testosterone amount in the system is not well distributed, then there is a resulting decrease in the urge and interest for sexual activities.

Also, the blood supply to the testes, ovaries, and adrenal glands that produce testosterone and other sex hormones are reduced and this affects the amount of testosterone produced. The decline in the concentration of testosterone and other sex hormones in the body affects the extent an individual desires for sex.

Stress due to hypertension also causes an additional release of adrenaline and noradrenaline which can cause further constriction of blood vessels and reduce blood supply to sex organs like the penis resulting in an inability to achieve a proper erection. This adds up to the low sexual drive the individual was already experiencing.

2. Diabetes Mellitus:

Though diabetes is a condition which is known by increased blood sugar above the normal level, its effect on the sex drive is not only due to the elevated blood sugar.

Diabetes causes an increase in fat and cholesterol in the blood which affects the flow of blood to organs. Men diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type 2 normally have decreased sex drive due to high levels of fat which prevent blood flow to the penis.

Diabetes causes destruction of nerves that supply sex organs and this precipitates the loss of interest in sexual activities.

3. Ovarian Cancer:

The ovaries, a very key component in all matters of the female sexual activities and reproduction. It is also the key producer of testosterone in females. Cancer of the ovaries generally reduces the sexual interest of sexual activities at a high percentage.

This decline is due to the loss of viable cells of the ovaries which can work to produce the physiological amount of testosterone and its related sex hormones responsible for controlling the sex cycle of the female.

The Cancerous cells that overtake and replace the normal cells don’t normally have the function of producing the sex hormones that the normal cells produce. This in effect leads to a low amount of sex hormones and consequently low sex drive. Also, the cancer cells might invade nearby organs and destroy blood vessels and this leads to a low blood supply to the reproductive organs adding up to the low sex drive.

4. Hypothyroidism:

The thyroid gland is a major organ in the regulation of the body’s metabolism. This is because the thyroid gland produces hormones which control metabolic activities of the body.

Low levels of the thyroid hormones cause a reduction in metabolic activities of the body. This leads to low production of sex hormones and as a result decreases sex drive.

In addition, hypothyroidism normally leads to hypo-activity due to stress and fatigue. This can cause a total decline and loss of interest in sexual acts.

5. Neurological degenerative conditions:

These conditions generally turn the life of a person upside down. People with conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s normally do not have the interest or the urge for any sexual activity.

This is because they have no interest in anything at all. They even dislike things that used to make them happy before they had the condition and this is called (apathy). Parkinson disease, for example, leads to rigidity of muscles, stiffness, and slow body movements which will generally affect sexual output even if the interest is there.

Neurological degenerative conditions is a major umbrella of conditions that cause a strong and persistent decline in sexual activities.

6. Testicular torsion:

This refers to the twisting of the spermatic cord. When this occurs, the blood supply to the testes is reduced maximumly leading to the death of testicular cells if not treated in time.

The effect of this is that the low blood supply to the testes means low physiological input and output by the testes. Since the testes are the key producer of testosterone in males, the inability of the testes to work effectively causes low amounts of testosterone to be produced.

This decline in levels of testosterone leads to a decline in the desire or drive for sexual activities. In addition, if the twisting goes on for a long time it can affect the blood supply to the penis as well and this will affect the erectile ability of the penis. This can also add up to the decline in sexual drive.

EFFECTS OF LOW SEXUAL DRIVE

1. It causes stress and depression.
2. Low self-esteem.
3. It can cause low performance at work.
4. It leads to anxiety.
5. It causes marital problems.
6. It can lead to drug abuse and alcoholism.

SUMMARY

Sexual drive decline is based on a lot of situations; social, emotional, hormonal imbalances, and medical conditions.

Low sexual drive occurs both in males and females but it is most common in females.

The underlying causes of low sex drive should be tackled in order to attain a more stable sexual drive and lifestyle.