Low Libido

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A decrease in sex drive can develop both due to medical conditions as well as to psychological or emotional issues. Inhibited sexual desire is a type of sexual dysfunction that affects both men and women. A reduction in sexual desire has been associated with low levels of testosterone in men. Likewise, women in the menopausal transitions sometimes report a decrease in sex drive. Chronic illnesses and chronic pain can also lead to a decrease in sex drive, likely through a combination of physical effects of the disease as well as the psychological stress associated with a chronic illness. Certain medications, such as some antidepressants, can also cause a reduction in sex drive.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/6/2011

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Seliger, Susan. "Loss of Libido in Men." WebMD.com. 2007. <http://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/features/loss-of-libido-in-men>.

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