Despite the common belief that men are always raring to go in the bedroom, this isn’t always the case. And if you’re used to your significant other always being in the mood, it can be confusing, concerning or hurtful if he isn’t.
As it turns out, though, a surprising number of men can relate to feeling a lack of interest in sex. However, it may not be for the reasons you think. There are many everyday factors that can impact the male libido. So the next time he experiences a dip in sexual desire, don’t assume it’s because of you. As family medicine specialist, Hoyt Gazaway, MD, a Gwinnett Medical Group provider, explains, it’s likely the result of one of these common health reasons:
Andropause. That’s right ladies, there’s a male version of menopause. Andropause is a collection of symptoms that many men may experience between the ages of 45-55. Typically men with andropause will experience fatigue, irritability, hot flashes and a decrease in libido as the result of declining testosterone levels.
Stress. This may not come as a surprise, but several studies have shown stressto be the number one mood killer. Not unlike women, when men are stressed, their bodies are on edge, they’re mentally preoccupied and they’re simply just not relaxed enough to enjoy the pleasure that sex provides.
Medication. Thanks to Viagra and many other libido-boosting drugs, many believe that medications only serve to improve your sex life, but this may not always be the case. For instance, there are many common medications used to treat anything from depression, hair loss and allergies to seizures, high blood pressure and pain that can cause a decrease in testosterone levels and overall sex drive.
Low testosterone levels. It’s estimated that nearly 14 million men have low testosterone. Low testosterone levels, or hypogonadism, are most common in men over 50. One of the key symptoms of low testosterone is a decrease in sex drive often accompanied by fatigue, lower muscle mass and even hair loss.
Allergies. Not unlike having a bad cold, allergiesjust aren’t enjoyable and they definitely aren’t sexy. With a runny nose, headache, itchy eyes and sneezing, it’s hard to push through these symptoms to get in the mood.
An unknown health condition. Health conditions like diabetes, prostate canceror even heart diseasemay not always have obvious symptoms. However, a man’s sexual health can be a surprisingly good indicator of overall health. Prolonged erectile dysfunction or low sex drive can be a sign of a larger health concern.
Expert help for your health issues below the belt.
Nearly everyone experiences issues and concerns related to their sexual health. The important thing to remember is that working with your primary care provider will ensure that you receive the information, diagnostics and treatment you need. The experienced and knowledgeable providers of Gwinnett Medical Group Primary Care are prepared to care for all of your health needs at every stage of life.