causes loss of sexual desire?
One cannot generalize as to why someone is experiencing
a low level of sexual desire. Loss of libido can have
a variety of causes, some psychological, some not.
Stress and fatigue
the leading cause of lost sexual desire is stress and
fatigue. Most often, the condition is temporary and
returns when the stressful period ends, or the person
is able to get appropriate rest.
can arouse a lot of anxiety in some people who are unsure
of the themselves or fear humiliation. For someone who
has never had sex or has had a bad experience with sex,
the anxiety level can be overwhelming. One may fear
that they will not be able to become aroused or excited
and fail their partner. Alternatively, one might fear
the consequences of sexual activity (pregnancy or STDs).
Fear of the sexual situation because of failure or negative
consequences can decrease their interest in sexual activity.
Estrangement from partner
who is angry at their partner can express this frustration
through a lack of sexual desire. It may be difficult
to engage in sexual activity when unresolved conflicts
continue to loom. Any negative feelings towards your
partner may be incompatible with the prospect of sexual
intimacy which decreases your level of arousal.
phenomenon often occurs in the case of closeted
gay men and women. While actual sexual desire may be
quite high for members of their appropriate sexual orientation,
many people ashamed or insecure about their sexuality
will still force themselves to desire the wrong sex.
Often closeted individuals marry and have children while
still suffering from lack of sexual desire for their
spouses. Others may be disturbed by their fantasies
or fetishes and may wish to forget them by repressing
their sexual desire.
Loss of erotic associations
loss of libido can be a psychological process whereby
the brain systematically relabels stimuli which were
once erotic as non-erotic. Sexually appealing stimuli
in the environment are no longer associated with arousal.
With the help of a registered sex therapist, this psychological
condition can often be overcome.
all the causes of low sexual desire are psychological
in nature. Low sexual desire in older men can be caused
by a low level of the hormone androgen. Hormonal deficiency
can sometimes be treated with hormone injections. Consult
your doctor or sex therapist for all the answers.
that adversely affects your metabolism will undoubtedly
cause some lack of sexual desire. This may include an
accident, trauma or illness that causes a metabolic
drugs have different effects on sexual desire. You should
read the label or ask your doctor or pharmacist about
the effects of any pharmaceutical products on your libido.