Low Libido: Symptoms & Signs

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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 testosterone levels in men. Likewise, women in the menopausal transition sometimes report a decrease in sex drive. Multiple types of 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. Painful intercourse (dyspareunia) can lead to loss of libido in women. Psychological factors that may be associated with low libido include poor body image, anxiety, low self-esteem, stress, poor communication, lack of or breach of trust, and unresolved conflicts. Certain medications, such as some antidepressants, can also cause a reduction in sex drive.

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REFERENCES:

DeNoon, Daniel J. "When a Man's Sex Drive Is Too Low." WebMD.com. May 21, 2009. <https://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/features/when-a-mans-sex-drive-is-too-low>.

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

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/20/2017
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