Causes of Low Libido

Most men or women experience low libido at least once in their lifetime and there are many causes for the low libido or the loss of interest in sex. Today let’s talk about the top 6 causes for low libido in men.

In fact, men understand that libido drops over their lifetime, but don’t know what a normal libido should feel like at their age. As a doctor I see more and more patients complaining of low sex drive. So Quickly let’s see what a normal libido for men is.

What is a normal libido for a man? 

If ever there was a really hard question for me to answer-this is it. There is no normal libido for a man, as there is no specific way to measure it and it’s completely up to the individual. For example, I’ve seen patients who describe themselves as having low libido when they only want sex 3 times a week instead of 5 times a week. Other men do not have sex for 8 months, but happy with their libido. So firstly, just know low libido is extremely subjective. “Low Libido” is really dependent on you and your partner, if you and your partner are happy with your sexual life, there is no low libido even if you have sex once in a month.

However, there are some very common causes of low libido in men and let’s talk about them.

Causes of Low Libido in men

1. Low Testosterone

 Testosterone is so extremely predictable but testosterone is a crucial hormone involved in sex drive. Adult men are considered to have low testosterone or low t when they’re levels fall below 300 ng/dl. Also, certain medical conditions like sleep apnoea (which is when your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep) is associated with lower testosterone.

2. Medications

 There are many medications that can lower with your libido. This is usually due to the fact that they lower your testosterone.

Medication Causes Of Low Libido In Men:

  1. Blood pressure medications eg ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers may prevent ejaculation and erections.
  2. Chemotherapy or radiation treatments for cancer
  3. Hormones used to treat prostate cancer
  4. Corticosteroids
  5. Opioid pain relievers, such as morphine (MorphaBond, MS Contin) and oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
  6. An antifungal medication called ketoconazole
  7. Cimetidine (Tagamet), which is used for heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  8. Anabolic steroids, which may be used by athletes to increase muscle mass
  9. Certain antidepressants

If you were taking a suspect medication you should talk with your doctor first before stopping it to know if there is an alternative to your current medication that you could try instead.

3. Depression 

People who have depression experience a reduced or complete lack of interest in things they once found pleasurable, including sex. if you are worried about taking an antidepressant medication that may worsen your libido, another medicine called Bupropion may be a good choice – but talk with your doctor first about this or you might want to consider psychotherapy counseling instead of medication altogether.  

4. Chronic illness 

chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity contribute to sex, Being more difficult due to other factors like physical pain or even erectile dysfunction. I try to advise my patients to think about what those factors are that are causing the restriction and then treating both symptoms. Here I list the chronic illnesses that cause low libido in men.

  1. Chronic Illnesses that cause low libido in men:
  2. Cancer
  3. Type 2 diabetes
  4. Obesity
  5. High blood pressure
  6. High cholesterol
  7. Chronic lung disease
  8. Heart
  9. Chronic kidney disease
  10. Liver failure
  11. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

5. Exercise

This is surprising, but extreme endurance training can decrease libido in men. However, on the flip side moderate exercise is known to lower cortisol levels at night and reduce stress which can help increase sex drive, so just try to keep the balance right.

6.  Stress and anxiety

When you are under high stress or pressure your sexual desire will decrease. This is because stress disrupts hormones in the body. of course, stress can be very hard to avoid but it’s important, to be honest with yourself and your partner about what you’re experiencing so that you can plan together how to improve your libido.


As we already discussed low libido increases with age and there might be a number of causes for your low libido – but all the causes of your low libido affect your testosterone which affects the low libido. If you feel that you have low libido boosting your testosterone levels can help you in increasing your sex drive. Clinics like “The ED Clinic” are offering guaranteed testosterone boosting programs that you can try to boost your sex drive.

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