What is Low Libido?
The desire for intercourse is very similar to a desire for food. Both can be defined as a type of ‘appetite’. Just as we can have a loss of appetite for food, so can we lose our desire for sex.
A low libido refers to a lack of desire or interest in having intercourse. While low libido can affect both men and woman, it is more commonly reported in women than in men.
Sexual desire varies from person to person and desire, in most instances, depends on a range of circumstances. Sometimes a low libido is a result of underlying physical conditions, while at other times it may be linked to psychological issues or a combination of the two.
Low libido can cause a range of relationship difficulties and may also affect self esteem. For men, especially, this type of sexual dysfunction is often hard to come to terms with and is a subject not easily discussed.
Because men are usually portrayed as highly sexual individuals, lack of libido may bring about feelings of guilt, depression, anger, stress, shame and low self–esteem.
Diagnosing Low Libido
The symptoms and signs of low libido include reduced desire, less frequent thoughts and fantasies, and a reluctance to initiate sex. In addition, less frequent masturbation takes place and a lack of desire for sex still occurs even when there have been no sexual encounters for days, weeks, or even months.
What Can Cause Low Libido?
Low libido can result from physical or psychological factors or a combination of the two in both men and women. Since male and female sexual desire is experienced differently we will look at a few of the possible underlying causes for low libido in each gender.
Other factors such as fatigue, incompatibility, lack of time and privacy can also contribute to either low male libido and low female libido.