5 Reasons Why Your Sex Drive Is Low
- Dr. Arpit Gupta
- 3 Min Read
- Fact Checked
Consider this scenario: You have been looking forward to spending a good time in bed with your partner, but now that the moment has finally arrived, you aren’t as excited as you imagined. If this happens once in a while, it is not a cause of concern. However, if this is a commonplace occurrence then something isn’t right! A good sex drive is generally considered a sign of masculinity, which is why most men feel embarrassed when a problem of low libido arises. Fret not; maybe it is time to identify the cause and accordingly find a solution.
Here are the five most common reasons why you have a low sex drive:
It’s all in the gut
There is a reason we all pay heed to the ‘gut feeling’. After all, your gut knows it all! While of course your body image plays a significant role in hampering your sex drive, it could also be ‘central obesity’ that is giving you a hard time. Studies suggest that men with a waist circumference of 40 inches or more have significantly lower levels of testosterone than those with a trim waistline. While taking supplements could help a little, it is exercise that eventually helps in the long run. Embrace a more active lifestyle to enjoy a good time between the sheets.
Come out of the dark
This is literally and figuratively true. An Italian study suggests that men who were exposed to bright light for two weeks had improved sexual arousal. Bright light causes you to produce a pituitary chemical called the luteinizing hormone, which is essential for a good testosterone level. You can purchase a lightbox that can help you tackle low sex drive. What’s more, this is a completely natural treatment and has no side-effects.
Snore no more
While snoring could point towards several underlying health conditions including sleep apnea, it all boils down to low testosterone levels. The hormone’s level generally rises as you sleep and goes down when you are struggling to catch even a few winks. Studies also suggest that those who suffer from sleep apnea are also prone to other sexual disorders such as erectile dysfunction. It is time to visit the doctor and find ways to treat this condition.
Maybe, it’s the pills
While medication is essential for certain health conditions, the regular dosage could wreak havoc on your libido. For instance, medication for high blood pressure can lead to sexual disorders. These medicines contain diuretics and can decrease the blood flow throughout your body, including the penis. This makes it difficult to achieve an erection and thereby lowers your sex drive. Remember, antidepressants and opioids can also have a significant impact on a man’s testosterone levels.
Keep stress at bay
The cortisol hormone helps you deal with stress, but when it rises frequently due to frequent stress and anxiety, your body is impacted in a negative manner. It is this hormone that helps regulate the immune system, blood sugar as well as blood pressure. Over time, a frequent rise in levels could lead to low sex drive as well. Try and include stress-management techniques such as deep breathing and meditation to keep calm even in high-pressure situations.
Who doesn’t want a great sex life? In case you find your time in bed isn’t as enjoyable as it used to be, get to the root cause of the problem and reclaim your healthy sex life.