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10 Reasons for a Lost Libido

Created by: infozooms | Last Updated: 07/25/2010

Having low libido is frustrating as it is likely to affect both you and your partner. Many people are unaware that lost libido or any decrease of interest in sexual intimacy can be the result of both psychological and physiological problems. Here are some of the most common reasons for experiencing a low libido.
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1. Stress

The number one reason for low libido is stress and if you look at today’s society, it is easy to see why so many people struggle. With responsibilities of work, school, kids, elderly parents, finances, etc., the focus is on the daily problems and not so much on what goes on in the bedroom. By finding ways to reduce stress, taking medication or using natural management methods, you could experience an improved libido.
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2. Prescription medication

If you are on antidepressants, you would likely see a decline in libido. In addition, libido lost due to medication can stem from a number of other health issues (e.g. pill for high blood pressure, allergies, birth control, cancer, etc.).
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3. Marital or relationship issues

If you are currently in a troubled marriage or relationship, one with a lot of bickering and disrespect, the last thing you want is to have sex with your partner. Even the smallest signs of tension or lack of understanding can result in low or completely lost libido.
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4. Alcohol consumption

Interestingly, a small amount of alcohol can actually boost the desire to have sex but too much alcohol has the opposite effect by shutting down all sexual desire.
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5. Sleep disorders

If you struggle with any type of sleep disorder such as sleep apnea or insomnia, your rest is being disrupted. Because of that, both the mind and body would be affected, which could reduce the desire for sex.
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6. Hormonal imbalance

Hormones like estrogen, testosterone and progesterone play a very important role in women. If hormone levels fluctuate, the result may impact the entire body, effecting your mood and sexual desire. Even the imbalance of testosterone hormones can cause low sex drive. If your test results indicate hormonal issues, you should consider taking alternative or prescription medication, as well as, making some lifestyle changes (e.g. diet, stress reduction, exercise, etc.).
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7. Having small children

If you have small children then you already know they walk into your bedroom unannounced at odd hours. Sometimes, right in the middle of passion, you hear a tiny voice calling out for mom or dad. Because a home with small children puts a damper on a sexual relationship, it is important to find creative ways for some time of passion.
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8. Erectile Dysfunction

In men, having Erectile Dysfunction would definitely lower libido. In many cases it even leads to anxiety from the lost libido. The good news is that several forms of medication are now available specific to this issue and can effectively boost the sex drive.
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9. Menopause

It is common for women going through menopause to lose interest in sex. Hormone levels are decreasing so the natural drive is very low and the vagina is often dry, which can make intercourse painful. In addition, many women view themselves as getting old and becoming unattractive to her partner.
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10. Obesity

There is no physical reason that an obese person cannot have and enjoy sex but often, obese people deals with a low self image, causing libido to decline or disappear altogether.
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1. Lack of intimacy (by leahM)

For women, one of the key reasons for good libido is receiving intimacy from her partner. This means snuggling on the sofa while watching a movie, having her partner reach across the table to take her hand, or perhaps being provided with a sensual back massage. The more a woman feels appreciated and loved through intimacy, the more she wants sexual intimacy.
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