Low libido, or lack of sexual desire, in men stems from multiple causes. Lack of
sexual desire in men is more common than suspected. Often male libido is defined
by one's partner, making it difficult to assess the reality of a problem.
Because men are typically viewed as always desiring sex, they often fail to
discuss lack of sexual desire. The result is that no one knows how many men
really do suffer from low libido.
A history and physical exam can determine
the cause of low libido in men and women. Physical ailments, medication use, and
relationship issues are the primary causes of low libido in men and women.
What is Low Libido?
According to Weston, the definition of low libido is subjective -- and defined
by the person who has one. “A man has to perceive his libido as low, and it has
to be distressing to him,” she says. A partner may have a vote in the matter and
may have initiated a trip for both of you to the sex therapist, but it’s what
works (or doesn’t) for you that counts.
Low libido in men and women can be caused by medications, such as
Alcoholism can also suppress sexual desire in men. Stress and anger among
couples can also put a halt to feelings of sexual desire. Intimacy declines,
leading to a vicious cycle that can make sex a nonpriority.
Related Causes of Low Libido
According to the European Federation of Sexology, lack of sexual desire, in both
men and women, can result simply from not thinking about sex. A combination of
medical issues, fears about performance, and a poor relationship can cause low
libido in men.
Diabetes can destroy sexual desire in men and women, resulting in low libido.
Other conditions include chronic pain and any illness that destroys your ability
to feel your best.
Testosterone contributes to normal male development. It also contributes to
sexual desire and mood. Low testosterone levels can result in low male libido.
Causes of low testosterone include pituitary disorders, obesity, high blood
pressure and diabetes.
Blood Pressure Medications
Blood pressure medications that include beta blockers, ACE inhibitors and
calcium channel blockers can result in low male libido by interfering with
erections and ejaculation.