factors can impact your libido. Check out these common sex-drive killers.
Sex-Drive Killer: Stress
management techniques or seek the advice of a counselor or doctor.
Sex-Drive Killer: Relationship Problems
Sex-Drive Killer: Alcohol
Sex-Drive Killer: Too Little Sleep
Sex-Drive Killer: Parenting
Sex-Drive Killer: Medication
- Blood pressure medications
- Oral contraceptives (some studies show a link; others don't)
- Anti-HIV drugs
- Synthetic progesterone-medroxyprogesterone
Changing to a different medication or different dosage may solve the problem. Other drugs may affect sex drive, too. If your sex drive shifted into park soon after beginning a new medication, talk with your doctor. Never stop taking a medication without consulting your doctor.
Sex Drive Killer: Body Image
Sex-Drive Killer: Obesity
Sex-Drive Killer: Erectile Dysfunction
Sex-Drive Killer: Low T
Testosterone increases sex drive. As men age, their testosterone levels may decline slightly. Not all men lose the desire for sex when their testosterone levels drop -- but many do. Testosterone is linked to sex drive in women, too. But a woman's hormonal balance is more complex than a man's and many factors are at play. It's not at all clear whether testosterone therapy is as safe and effective in boosting sex drive for women as it is for men.
Sex-Drive Killer: Depression
Sex-Drive Killer: Menopause
around the time of menopause, even though they believe it important to maintain an active sex life. Menopausal symptoms, such as vaginal dryness and pain during sex, may make sex less comfortable. But the hormonal changes of menopause are only part of the picture. An aging woman concerned about her sex drive should also consider the quality of her relationship, her body image and self esteem, medications she is taking, and her physical health.
Sex-Drive Killer: Too Little Intimacy
snuggle, trade massages. Learn to express affection without having to have sex. As intimacy builds, so does sex drive.
Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on August 17, 2009
Source: 2009 WebMD
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