What Causes Low Sex Drive?

Causes of Low Libido and What to Do About It

Before taking any remedy for treating low sex drive, it is important to look for possible causes. This is true when you have not had this problem in the past.

Often, many people can easily isolate the cause, especially when the drop in sex drive is sudden. Commonly reported causes include stress, anxiety and depression.

And workplace stress and personality conflicts are typical causes along with arguments and disagreements with spouse, children or significant loved ones.

Gradual drop in sex drive (over months or years) are often due to declining health conditions or the presence of new health problems.

Below are a list of all the common causes reported by health care experts along with suggestions as to what couples can do.

Stress & Fatigue

Excessive stress dampens sexual desire Everyone knows this.

Even if you do not experience stress from work-related problems, being overly fatigued from working at your job doesn't help either.

Ensure you are getting sufficient sleep and are in good physical health.

Meditation and yoga are excellent activities that can be used to reduce stress.

Before considering using prescription medications, find out natural remedies that you can use to reduce stress and increase your body's resistance to stress.


candles for boredom preventionTry changing the sexual encounter or the environment where you engage your partner.

This might be all that is required to remove the "boredom" for sexual activities.

As humans, we often fall into a normal routine and sexual engagement is no exception.

You can experiment with different sexual positions during intercourse or even engage in your sexual activities in a different part of the home.

Try changing the atmosphere of the bedroom by using scented candles, aromatherapy and soft relaxing music.

Consider giving each other sexual massages with massage oil first to release tension.


Conditions such as back pain, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can be quite painful and it will reduce the drive for sexual encounters.

Experiment with different sexual positions that reduce joint pain.

Choose a different time during the day when the pain is less severe. For example, people with osteoarthritis generally feel less pain in the morning.

Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis will experience less pain in the evening.

There is evidence that sexual activities for people with rheumatoid arthritis help to relieve pain for up to 8 hours. It is suspected to be due to the release of endorphins, a hormone that creates a sense of well-being.

As well, pain experienced by women during sexual intercourse (known as dyspareunia) will reduce the desire for sex. If the cause is vaginal dryness, use an appropriate lubricant (such as KY Jelly) prior to intercourse to make it more comfortable for both partners.

Reduced lubrication may be caused by insufficient sexual excitement prior to intercourse, menopause, pregnancy or breast-feeding.

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Depression & Anxiety


These two psychological conditions will need to be managed as they significantly reduces libido.

Unfortunately, prescription medications such as antidepressants, antianxiety drugs and sedatives can also reduce libido as well.

Sometimes it is difficult for doctors to find out if the lack of sex drive might be caused by depression or the use of the medication to treat depression.

It is commonly reported that work-related stress and conflict are major contributing factors to a reduced sex drive in both men and women.

Relationship Problems & Past History of Sexual Trauma

Seek counseling to improve relationship or psychological issues.

For those who have suffered from sexual trauma such as rape or sexual abuse, seek experts experienced in this area to address and resolve these past issues.

Excessive Alcohol Consumption

alcohol reduces sex driveSmall amounts of alcohol helps to reduce inhibition and anxiety but too much is a problem and will damp sexual drive.

Chronic alcoholism is associated with sexual dysfunction in both men and women.

Often those suffering from alcohol abuse also have underlying psychological issues as well and this may also contribute to the problem.

Less well known is that beer contains hops, a compound with estrogen-like properties. Higher estrogen levels (a female sex hormone) will tend to dampen libido.

In the long-term, with chronic alcohol use, it can reduce sex drive in both men and women alike.

It is best to avoid drinking more than one or two glasses of wine prior to engaging in sexual activities.

Besides, you want be mentally alert when you are engaging in sexual intercourse right?

Obesity / Overweight

The heavier the men were, the lower their testosterone levels.

This will result in decreased libido and quality and quantity of their sexual activities.

Lower testosterone levels is associated with lower sex drive as this male hormone is tightly involved in sexual desire (both in men and women).

This finding was reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (April 2009).

Prescription Drugs

taking pillsMany prescription medications are known to reduce libido.

But don't make any changes without consulting with your health care provider.

If you are on prescription medications, talk to your pharmacist or doctor to see if they might cause this problem.

Examples of medications that can lower sex drive include:

antidepressants (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Effexor, Celexa, Lexapro, Cipralex, Wellbutrin)

anticonvulsants (Tegretol, Epival, Dilantin, Zarontin)

anticancer drugs (Nolvadex, Tamofen)

high blood pressure medications

birth control pills

Always discuss with your family doctor before you decide to discontinue any medication.

Your doctor may switch you to another similar product to see if it will be less likely to reduce libido. This might be all that is needed to return your sex drive back to you

Hormonal Imbalance - Low Testosterone

Testosterone is required to create the sex drive in both males and females.

Too low a level of testosterone in our body will cause a loss of sex drive.

A doctor can measure the bioavailable testosterone levels. It is preferred over measuring the total testosterone level in the body as it reflects the portion that the body can easily use.

Testosterone gel are available by prescription from your doctor to increase the levels in your body if it is low.

Hormonal Imbalance - Menopause and Hormone Production

Low sex drive in women is often caused by menopause.

This is the time when the production of female hormones and testosterone go down, causing diminished libido and a decrease in energy and the feeling of well-being. 

Women may request a measurement of bioavailable testosterone levels from their family doctor to see if the levels are low.

Women with low testosterone levels can take prescription testosterone to increase their interest in sex and sexual fantasies.

Research suggests that women going through menopause would also benefit from testosterone supplementation.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Hormone replacement therapy using estrogen reduces the testosterone levels in the female, thus reducing sex drive.

A prescription drug called Estratest contains both estrogen and testosterone and it would be helpful in reducing the negative impact of estrogen on libido.

Prostatitis (Inflammation of the Prostate Glands)

A male suffering from prostatitis may experience pain, especially after ejaculation (orgasm).

This pain is sufficient to reduce wanting to engage in sex. It would be necessary to treat the prostatitis with prescription antibiotics.

Other treatment options would also include sitz baths and massage of the prostate to reduce pain.

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is known to cause erectile dysfunction in men. It also causes reduced sex drive in males and females as they often also suffer from depression and a reduced sense of well-being.

Other Diseases It is suspected that many disease states can cause the testosterone levels to drop.

These include cancer, diabetes, overweight, obesity stomach and intestine ulcers coronary artery disease (CAD) high blood pressure

As well, low levels of certain minerals such as zinc can interfere with the production of testosterone.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) (also know as impotence) may experience a reduced sex drive as well.

This is, in a large part, due to the reduced self-confidence from being unable achieve a firm enough erection for sexual intercourse.

If impotence is the main cause, see our set of articles All About Erectile Dysfunction to find out what you can do and learn about herbs and supplements that may be helpful.

Bottom Line

Suffering from Low Sex Drive?

Find out what possible external causes (e.g. stress, anxiety, boredom...) before looking for internal causes (e.g. health problems like diabetes and low testosterone levels).

See if there is anything you can do first before reaching for professional help.

Then, determine if you like to treat the underlying cause with prescription medications or with natural supplements like Ikawe for Men.

Now that you know what are all the possible causes of low sex drive, find out what sophisticated men use to boost their libido.

See the report titled Natural Remedies for Sex Drive to find out what herb and supplements that are available to help elevate libido.

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