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Loss Of Libido: Treatment, Procedure, Cost And Side Effects

What is Loss Of Libido?

Loss of Sex drive also known as loss of libido is a medical condition which could be a sign of a reduced hormone levels. This problem affects both sexes at some point in their life. It is often related with the stress, tiredness or relationship issues. In general, everyone’s libido (which is desire of sex) is different in every person. Note - its better to get help, when loss of libido starts affecting the partners relationship.

What is the cause of Loss Of Libido?

There are many reasons for loss of libido such as -

Loss of sexual attraction - it plays an important role between couples and it is seen that at some point they lose interest in each other.

Poor communication - sometimes there is no communication between partners due to that they didn’t share problems as well as their urges to each other, which lead to loss of libido.

Sexual problems - it is been seen that sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction or impotence where retaining an erection was a problem could lead to this problem.

Performance anxiety - stress and climaxing early is one of the main causes of this issue.

In some cases, it is seen that too much of togetherness could also lead to this problem.

Apart from that, unhealthy lifestyle, ejaculation problem, painful intercourse, inability to orgasm, vaginal dryness, vaginismus, depression, menopause, pregnancy, breastfeeding, health problems like cancer, thyroid, diabetes, cardiac issues, alcohol and drugs are some other causes for low libido

What are the symptoms of Loss Of Libido?

When it comes to the symptoms of loss of libido in men and women are unhealthy lifestyle, ejaculation problem, painful intercourse, inability to orgasm, vaginal dryness, vaginismus, depression, menopause, pregnancy, breastfeeding, health problems like cancer, thyroid, diabetes, cardiac issues, alcohol, and drugs are some other causes for low libido. Apart from that, there are certain medicines which also lead to loss of libido include - anti depressant medication, high blood pressure, enlarged prostate, contraception, and seizures.

What is the treatment of Loss Of Libido?

It depends upon the cause of loss of libido, its possible treatment include -

  1. Healthy lifestyle choices - it is a key of many treatments.
  2. Improve your diet - eating healthy food also helps in its treatment.
  3. Regular physical activity - doing regular exercise improves libido in people.
  4. Meditation - it plays an important role as it keep people stress free.
  5. Therapy - there are many treatments available, which are suggested by doctor on clinical condition.
  6. Counseling - it is something which helps patients with loss of libido.

How can you increase your libido?

Libido could be increased by following these things -

  1. Staying healthy and fit - cardiovascular exercises are helpful when it comes to improvement of health and libido. Exercises such as running and swimming helps to boost libido in people.
  2. Eating fruits - foods like bananas, figs, avocados, onion, garlic and natural spices like chillies and peppers help a lot when it comes to increase libido.
  3. Eating foods - eating omega 3 fatty acids, salmon, avocados, olive oil, and tuna, vitamin b1 rich foods such as peanuts help in increasing libido.
  4. Not to bad habits - habits like consuming alcohol and smoking should be avoided.
  5. Stress free - exercise and meditation is the best way for being stress free.

Which foods kill testosterone?

There are certain foods which should be avoided as it kills testosterone in men :

  1. Avoid low carbohydrate meal - balance is the key to any meal or diet. When it comes to testosterone boost, one person needs high quality of carbs diet, along with healthy fats as it boost testosterone levels.
  2. High protein diet - protein diet build strength, muscles and improves testosterone levels also.
  3. Alcohol - consumption of alcohol destroys human bodies internal part in many ways, it also kills the testosterone production. It also lead to weight gain and organ damages as well.
  4. Beverages - sugary drinks consumption also lead to loss of testosterone in people who consumes it.
  5. Contaminated food - such as meat, eggs, poultry, milk and dairy products containing hormones and antibiotics that are given to animals to increase yield and fight disease. Such foods increase estrogen levels in the body, which is the cause for loss of testosterone.

How can I naturally increase my libido?

Libido can be increased by following few things include -

  1. Eating fruits - like figs, avocados, bananas are considered as a libido booster. These foods provide important minerals and vitamins, which increases blood flow in genitals and leads to a healthy sexual life.
  2. Chocolate - it is not known only for good taste, chocolate is also known as the desired symbol. It promotes the release of some chemicals which are responsible for mood lifting.
  3. Garlic - contains a high amount of allicin which increases blood flow in the body. It also helps men having sexual problems like erectile dysfunction. Basil could also be used in food along with garlic. As basil is also known to stimulate the senses.
  4. Meditation - these kinds of things help you to get stress free, which is important for a healthy sex life. Apart from that one can also participate in sports activities.
  5. Sleep enough - always being busy also makes time for sex difficult. It could also affect sex drive in anyone. Its always been better to get enough sleep.

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Loss of Libido/Loosing Interest In Sex - How Can You Revive It?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Ambala
Loss of Libido/Loosing Interest In Sex - How Can You Revive It?

Your fantasies might have taken a backseat for the time being or might have remained silenced for more than a while. The other processes of your usual life go on perfectly except for a few changes that you either consider as minute or you attribute them to any cause other than lowered libido (interest in sex). 

Loss of libido can create hurdles in a man as well as a woman's life and thus should be corrected at the earliest possible. Even if you don't care much about an impaired sex life, libido loss can affect your overall health that can prove to be harmful in the long run.

Some may say that it’s all in the mind. Yes, but to a certain extent only.  Considering the following causes, you would agree that it is not always in the mind that one loses interest in sex.

The common causes of decreased libido can be listed as below:

  1. While in males, testosterone levels may sharply drop due to aging, in females the estrogen levels may drop after surgeries pertaining to the vaginal tract, after menopause or after childbirth and subsequent breast- feeding.

  2. Exhaustion from prolonged office work or extensive travelling.

  3. An instance of sexual abuse in the past can result in lowered libido.

  4. A lousy lifestyle where you either smoke or drink regularly can prevent you from experiencing sexual desires.

  5. Irregular sleep patterns can be a contributing factor as well.

  6. Illnesses like cancerdiabetes and neurological disorders can hamper your sex drive.

Ways to deal with your libido loss:

  1. Make significant efforts to change your lifestyle. If you have an erratic lifestyle, sexual dysfunction is almost inevitable. You need to follow a routine to prohibit your libido from deterioration.

  2. Meditate and/or workout daily.  Indulge in brisk walk, jogging, yoga, light exercises, swimming, play games like, badminton, table tennis, squash, etc.  Over a period of time, it can restore your interest in sexual activities.

  3. Try and reduce the stress level from your life.  Spend quality time together and with family. Take time out for a movie, an event, a long drive, or a vacation.  Share your day’s activities with each other.

  4. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits. Cut down on drinking and smoking and gradually give them up completely.

  5. Take at least 8 hours of sleep so as to wake up latest by 6:00 in the morning. 

  6. A counseling by a good sexologist can help to a great extent in overcoming this problem. A major part of my treatment for libido loss consists of Counselling. Many of my patients are now happy to revive their sexual life through my treatment. One can consult me in private if they want to say goodbye to Loss of Libido.

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Loss Of Libido - What Can You Do To Improve It?

BAMS, M-CSEPI, M.Ayu.D, Dipl.EMS
Sexologist, Pune
Loss Of Libido - What Can You Do To Improve It?

It is normal to be disinterested in engaging in sexual activity from time to time owing to the variation in libido levels in the body of an individual. However, disinterest in sex can be a cause of concern if it goes on for a long period. This could be due to stress or an underlying health condition. 

Inactive sex drive can be frustrating for both the partners and can play a havoc in your married life if not attended to the early stages. Though it is a common occurrence in people as they age but this condition has now become very prominent in people of a much younger age. Let us look at some of the causes and the possible solutions. 

The causes of low libido/sex drive: 
Sex drive is something that starts from your brain and leads to the other organs. It is a sync of your organs that results in a climax. Like most human traits sexual drive also varies from person to person. Most of the men have a normal sex urge while some of them are hyperactive. They get addicted to it and could never get enough of it and some of the men do have low sexual urges. The biggest reasons for low libido levels could be stress followed by medical conditions. Apart from it, the family surroundings and the environment can all play a role in the sex drive. In some rare cases, the loss of libido can be a genuine case of low testosterone levels. 

Stress can play havoc with such symptoms and since your brain is pressured it may not work in sync with your reproductive organs. The other factors can include medical conditions such as diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Hormones too play an important role in the sex drive and the lower hormone levels can lead to a low sex drive. It often comes with age and as a person ages his urges start to diminish and he may be unable to perform and satisfy. 

Treatment: 
Every cause of low sexual desire has its own treatment plan. Most of the cases also involve psychology counseling as a part of its treatment plans. Sex therapy may be imparted to men who lack in the techniques and the strategies for getting their composure back. In case if it has been identified that the lack of libido is due to purely low testosterone, the people can try out testosterone shots for increasing their libido. However, these shots should be taken only under the care of a medical supervisor and not privately as it can lead to many complications.

Men can even opt for psychological counseling sessions if their problems are identified on a much more personal level. Their family related issues and their compatibility with their partners can be brought under discussion and treatment plans can be charted out based on it. Ayurvedic medicines, however, give better results than any other medicines in loss of libido, without causing side effects as compared to testosteron.

Gymming And Sex Drive!

PDDM, MHA, MBBS
General Physician, Nashik
Gymming And Sex Drive!

 

  • Exercise favorably impacts the sex drive.
  • Studies have shown that men who exercise for 30 - 45 minutes per day, three to five days a week, experience significantly enhanced sexual performance, in terms of increased frequency and quality of sexual experiences.
  • Regular exercise improves your stamina and fitness, improves your cardiovascular health, reduces stress levels, helps in keeping your weight under check and maintaining an ideal bmi.
  • It improves your body self-image, improves your strength, endurance and flexibility during sex, and increases blood flow to the genital area.
  • Moderate and intelligent exercising increases testosterone levels in the body, leading to more frequent erections, increasing sexual urges, better bone density, greater mass and muscular strength.
  • This exercise can include lifting weights and strength training but in moderation.
  • However, over-exercising can kill your libido.
  • It is always better to vary your exercise routine instead of sticking to just the indoor gym.
  • Try running outside, hiking, yoga, meditation, swimming etc.
  • Do not exercise more than 150 minutes a week (space it out to 30 minutes 5 days a week).
  • Try and keep the target heart rate up to 140 beats per minute and not more for at a stretch of not more than 10 - 15 minutes.
  • Take breaks while exercising.
  • Overdoing it, and using artificial bodybuilding supplements which contain hormones, would affect the libido.
  • Make sure you eat a healthy diet containing a good amount of proteins, fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables etc.
     
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How To Increase Your Libido?

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry, Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
How To Increase Your Libido?

A romantic image of candle light and soft music often also has a bowl containing strawberries, chocolate, and wine. Food not only makes you look and feel better but also has an effect on your overall health.

Take a look at a few foods that can increase your sexual desire.

  1. Strawberries and raspberries - Strawberries and raspberries are delicious antioxidants that have been linked to high sperm counts in men. Both contain zinc that regulates the production of testosterone in men and prepares a woman's body for intercourse. These berries also provide high levels of energy at the cost of very few calories.
  2. Avocados - Avocados are great sources of energy and boost the libido. They also contain monounsaturated fats that are essential for hormone production. Avocados are rich sources of vitamin B6 and vitamin E which increase oxygen and blood flow throughout the body. Vitamin B 6 is also linked to testosterone production. The high potassium content also boosts a woman's libido.
  3. Watermelon - In summer, watermelon not only cools your body but also increases your libido. In a way watermelon can be compared to Viagra. This popular summer fruit is rich in lycopene, citrulline, and beta carotone which help the blood vessels relax and act as natural enhancers.
  4. Almonds - Almonds contain vitamins and minerals essential for sexual health such as zinc, vitamin E, and selenium. Selenium is also linked to fighting infertility. Almonds are packed with proteins to give you energy and stamina and are known to stimulate the production of testosterone in men. They also contain omega 3 fatty acids that help blood circulation.
  5. Figs - Figs enhance the secretion of pheromones and are known to be fertility stimulants. They also contain magnesium that aid in the production of androgen and estrogen and an amino acid that increases blood flow. Figs are also said to be mood enhancers and credited to increase sexual stamina.
  6. Sweet potato - Sweet potato is rich in vitamin A that fights infertility and vitamin C that produces collagen and fights high blood pressure. Since high blood pressure increases the risks of erectile dysfunction, sweet potatoes indirectly fight erectile dysfunction.
  7. Dates - Dates literally melt in your mouth making the very act of eating them sensually. This makes them popular aphrodisiacs for both men and women. Dates are rich sources of amino acids that increase sexual stamina and blood circulation. Dates are also used to treat sexual impotence and to promote the production of hormones.

5 Sexual Fantasies To Spice Up Your Sex Life

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Delhi
5 Sexual Fantasies To Spice Up Your Sex Life

Sex life can get pretty monotonous and listless after a point of time, especially in a faithful and long marriage. Pent up sexual frustration is never healthy for the longevity of any marriage, and they must be given proper release. Fulfilling sexual fantasies is a good way to spice up your sex life because they help you channel all that you deem sexually attractive and through role playing or through sex toys, you can regain the lost libido.

Here are some of the techniques you can resort to conjure your sexual fantasies :

- Be adventurous

Sex in kitchen or bathroom has proven to be rougher and hence more adventurous than in the bedroom. Travelling to an exotic place and romantic hotels also yield similar results because psychologically it transports you to a different setting.

- Try role playing

Role playing and bondage claim has been proven to help a lot of people get over their lack luster sex lives. This requires you to make an effort and be imaginative while thinking of roles to play that would entice your partner and get you in the mood as well. Dressing up is a common starting point for role playing games. While the submissive-dominant dynamic has statistically been the most effective, don't be afraid to try out new weird stuff. Sexual preferences vary from one person to another.

- Sex toys

Sex toys can take the edge off in the building up of sexual tension. There are an innumerable number of sex toys available in the market for both men and women. Simple blindfolds, handcuffs and feather whips can induce a new spark in your dull sex life. 

- Communicate more

Be frank with your partner about your sexual fantasies and encourage him/her to open up about theirs too. During intercourse, be vocal about what you want to be done to you. For example, if you both are foodies, eating off of each other's body can be a huge enhancement factor.

- Try unconventional ways

Reading erotic fiction and even watching erotic films together can also help connect your sexual fantasy with reality. Wearing sexy lingerie or stripping can work for a lot of people too.

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Popular Questions & Answers

Any doctor in chandigarh. I feel low sexual desire, feeling less sensitive in penis. Facing problem after using himalaya himcolin gel. Kindly suggest me effective method to improve sexual desire & penis nerve function?

MS - General Surgery, DCN -Diploma in Clinical Nutrition, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Noida
Hi, you have not mentioned your age. Decreased libido can be due to various reasons. Stop using gel, manage stress and discuss with doctor your concerns. You may need physical examination ,some investigations and counselling.

Hi, I got married 4 years ago. I have a 22 months baby girl. From last 1 year, I don't feel any sex desire. What should I do to increase my sex desire so that I can enjoy with my wife.

PhD - Psychology
Psychologist, Patna
Autosuggestion Psychological technique will be better for the removal of your problem To learn this technique have to book an appointment through online process thank You.
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Hi, Sexual interest nil due to hypo thyroid, B.P. Sugar. Is there any medicine to invoke sex interest and capacity please advise.

MD - General Medicine, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Endocrinologist, Indore
Yes loss of libido is due to many factors and we do have good medicines for it It's often linked to relationship issues, stress or tiredness, but can be a sign of an underlying medical problem, such as reduced hormone levels. Everyone's sex drive is different – there's no such thing as a "normal" libido. But if you find your lack of desire for sex distressing or it's affecting your relationship, it's a good idea to get help.

I am a male senior citizen. I was recently diagnosed with early stage of depression and was prescribed one 25 mg tablet of Abbot's Prothiaden before bedtime. I have noticed dampening of sexual desire. Would also like to know if long term use of this medicine has side effects.

MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear Sachdeva, Dampening of sexual desire is one of the side effect of Prothiaden. But, is that affecting your life more than depression? Long term side effects are there. But that can be assessed periodically, if you want to live without depression. Depression is common in senior citizens.
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Table of Content

What is Loss Of Libido?

What is the cause of Loss Of Libido?

What are the symptoms of Loss Of Libido?

What is the treatment of Loss Of Libido?

How can you increase your libido?

Which foods kill testosterone?

How can I naturally increase my libido?

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Low Sexual Desire In Women
Hello Friends!

Welcome once again! I'm Dr. Hitesh Shah, a sexologist from Mumbai. So, our today's topic is low sexual desire in women. Well, this is a very common problem amongst our Indian population specially. The reasons are many. If we try to understand, why does a woman feel low desire or less interest in sex, we need to evaluate it at various level. Of course, there are women who have constitutionally low sexual desire but are few. Most of them have either psychological factors or relationship factors or many of them also have medical or hormonal factors. So, let's try to understand them in detail. Now, we must rule out all possible medical factors. Whenever a woman, especially when they come after marriage, the couple is frustrated/depressed because the woman feels she's not able to respond to her husband. Husband tries to cope up, tries to cooperate.

He's very understanding, but at the end of the day he's a man, he's a human being. He has his own desire and passion, he doesn't get response from wife so he's also frustrated. Many years pass through for many couple. Sometimes they come when they have pressure to conceive babies, sex life is just forgotten. So, even for conceiving, they need sex and the wife just doesn't feel the desire to have sex. And all of these also leads to various marital issues, disharmony, fights, quarrels or extramarital affair by husband or depression in wife or husband. So, it's very important that this problem is quickly communicated between the couple and they come to the doctor for the right treatment. Once the diagnosis is made, treatment is possible. So the common medical factors are any chronic disorders or disease in the system, person tends to feel low desire. Common hormonal problem in women like PCOS, hyperthyroidism and low haemoglobin - anaemia which are very common apart from diabetes which also cause low desire along with some lubrication disorders. So these are very common medical factors, so first we evaluate whether there are any medical factors or not.

If not, we simultaneously try to understand in detail the psychological relationship aspect. As for psychological reasons are concerned, we understand the makeup of the woman, the personality, the upbringing, the attitude, and the cognitive factors of the woman about sex. There are women who feel sex is bad, sinful, is just for having baby and something what animals do so one shouldn't indulge in sex except for having a baby. There are women who have negative impact about sex because they heard somebody s experience of painful first night, or they have seen rape scenes in television or a movie or they have heard someone's experience which is very painful and they develop a kind of disinterest or aversion or they start camouflaging their own sexual desire. There are women who are very psychologically shy or reserve so they don't explore their own sexuality or they are also not free or they are too much controlled by their husband in the bed so their desire don't really come up and they also feel really ashamed that if they would feel free on the bed, then what would their husband think! So, these are all psychological complex or controls which a woman develops within herself.

It also can be her forced marriage, they don't want to marry the guy but are forced and they don't develop the sexual interest. There are few women who are probably having a lesbian orientation, the attraction for only same-sex so they don't indulge in sexual desires for the opposite sex. Then, there are relationship issues between husband and wife. They feel alone or left out, or not being loved by the their husband or not respected by their husband or issues within the joint family or in-laws. All these keep them indulged in stressed out situations. There are also working women who are working entire day, the kitchen, and they really feel fatigue after the entire day. There can be vitamin deficiency also, these can be due to lack of nutrition, so these all stresses are phases that every woman passes through at some stage of their life. And the stress leads to low desire in woman.

There are women who don't want to have baby so show less interest in sex. Also, they are women who want to conceive and there is more conceiving pressure than enjoying sex life. So, there are multiple reasons why women can have low sexual desires. There can be multiple factors as stated above. Any of these factors in given case, we can help the women out in experiencing the desire, we can help the couple out once, when diagnosed. Also, what is important is the sexual chemistry in the bed. What kind of foreplay they do, how husband is taking interest in woman, how he's boosting his self image as lots of woman lose their self image. They feel less appealing, less attractive, questioning whether their husband likes them or not or if, are attracted to someone else. These self esteem issues lead to low sexual desire. In short, we evaluate all these factors in every case and try to help the woman as an individual and both of them as the couple. So, problem can be sorted out and you both can get back to your privileges of happy marriage. Right? So all the best to you and in case of any queries or concern, you're welcome to meet us at Lybrate platform. I'm Dr. Hitesh Shah once again. See you again with some more educational videos.

Thank you!
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Ayurveda And Vajikarana Therapy
Hi,

I am doctor Yogesh Tandon. I am a sexologist. Today we will discuss about ayurveda and vajikarana therapy ayurveda is derived from two words ayur means life and Veda means knowledge. According to ayurveda body is made up of sapta dhatu raaz returns medh asthi majja and shukra and three dosha vaat pitt cough if all these Dhatu and doshas are in equilibrium stage then the person is considered healthy but if any depletion or aggravation of dosas or dhatu the person will manifest with diseases show the shukra dhatu is mainly responsible for male sexual health like libido sexual stamina good sperm quality.

If there is depletion of Shukra Dhatu then the mail will suffer from erectile dysfunction low sperm count loss of libido. To deal with these problems, we introduce vajikarana therapy it is one of the major branch of ashtang ayurveda vajikarana therapy deals with preparation which are aphrodisiac for us alternate lifestyle and herbs which will be beneficial for all male sexual problem vajikarana therapy increase your sexual life and strength now few tips for overcoming sexual problems consume herbal preparation for rejuvenate the reproductive organ daily herbal massage on your penile region sleep at least for 8 hours do yoga exercise meditation regularly avoid taking alcohol tobacco or drugs take a proper healthy diet.

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