Libido, or sexual desire, can be affected by multiple variables. If you have low libido, it can affect not only your sexual satisfaction and frequency of sex, but it may also have a substantial impact on your relationship satisfaction with your partner. Having healthy levels of libido leading to an active and satisfying sex life can contribute to more intimacy, better bonding with your partner, and a happier relationship. This article explores psychological, social, and physiological variables that may be causing you to have low libido and what you can do to restore normal levels of libido.

Low testosterone is frequently a cause of low libido. Testosterone plays a crucial role in regulating libido, as well as in erection. Studies have shown that testosterone replacement therapy on men with low testosterone has resulted in

significant increases in frequency of thoughts about sex and intensity of sexual feelings.1

Phoenix Men’s Health Center recommends a blood test to obtain an accurate measure of testosterone levels. One of our experienced physicians can discuss treatment options if your testosterone levels are low.

If you are depressed, one of the major symptoms can be lowered libido.2 Depressed people often feel the lack of motivation for everyday activities and loss of interest for activities that they found pleasurable before, including sex. The severity of depression is correlated with severity of the dysfunction and up to

75% of patients with depression may experience lowered libido.3

To make matters worse, certain antidepressants have sexual side effects and further impedes the ability to have a normal sex life.

In addition, fatigue, stress, and anxiety can also lead to loss of libido. Stress activates inhibitory pathways for arousal and desire and thus lower libido. Anxiety about performance in the bedroom or about the relationship affects libido and often occurs together with depression.

We also offer bio-identical testosterone therapy to safely and effectively restore your testosterone levels back to normal. Read more about bio-identical testosterone therapy here.

A few herbs have been found to be effective at increasing libido:

Please note that some can be dangerous to your heart and blood pressure, so be sure to consult your physician before taking these supplements. Also, be cautious of cheap over-the-counter and non-regulated products.

The following nutritional supplements have also been found helpful in treating libido problems:

Getting quality sleep is also surprisingly an effective treatment for low libido. Men have natural testosterone rhythms during sleep (along with a 2-3 night erection cycle). Lower sleep efficiency and decreased Rapid Eye Movement sleep lowers testosterone.9 A few good night’s sleep helps to regenerate your testosterone levels naturally and increase libido.

Circling back to our initial title question, how can libido affect love? Although the relationship between love and libido is complex, one key component modulates this relationship. Oxytocin is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland, also commonly known as the “love hormone.” Oxytocin is associated with female reproduction and maternal behavior, but is also released for both men and women when they reach the level of orgasm.10 Since

oxytocin facilitates bonding with your partner and feelings of love,

increased libido can lead to increased feelings of love.

Phoenix Men’s Health Center works everyday with men trying to get their normal libido and erections back to restore self-esteem, healthier and happier relationships, and more. Let us help you get there. Call (602-908-5422) or schedule an appointment today.

**Disclaimer: Charts have been formulated from physician’s personal observations

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  4. Gauthaman, K., & Ganesan, A. (2008). The hormonal effects of Tribulus terrestris and its role in the management of male erectile dysfunction–an evaluation using primates, rabbit and rat. Phytomedicine15(1), 44-54.
  5. Brown, G., Vukovich, M., Martini, E., Kohut, M., Franke, W., Jackson, D., & King, D. (2001). Effects of androstenedione-herbal supplementation on serum sex hormone concentrations in 30-to 59-year-old men. International journal for vitamin and nutrition research71(5), 293-301.
  6. MacKay, D. (2004). Nutrients and botanicals for erectile dysfunction: examining the evidence. Alternative Medicine Review9(1), 4-16.
  7. Waynberg, J. (1995). Male sexual asthenia—interest in a traditional plant-derived medication. Ethnopharmacology,
  8. Marai, I., El-Darawany, A., Abou-Fandoud, E., & Abdel-Hafez, M. (2009). Reproductive and physiological traits of Egyptian Suffolk rams as affected by selenium dietary supplementation during the sub-tropical environment of Egypt. Livestock Research for Rural Development21(10).
  9. Schiavi, R., White, D., & Mandeli, J. (1992). Pituitary-gonadal function during sleep in healthy aging men. Psychoneuroendocrinology17(6), 599-609.
  10. Carmichael, M. , Humbert, R., Dixen, J., Palmisano, G., Greenleaf, W., & Davidson, J. (1987). Plasma oxytocin increases in the human sexual response. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism64(1), 27-31.

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