Commenting on the surprising reasons why you’ve lost your libido. Our Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician, Mr Sachchidanada Maiti, said:
“When discussing loss of libido, it’s important to note that there are different types of this condition. If we can understand the specific type of lost libido an individual has, it’s easier to find a solution to the problem.
Sexual Desire Disorder
“Sexual Desire Disorder is a psychiatric condition diagnosed by a significant and prolonged lack of desire for any sexual activities.
Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD)
“Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD) is diagnosed by an individual having little interest, no interest or disinterest in sexual thoughts, fantasies, sexual activities and inability or extreme difficulty in getting any pleasure out of sexual activities or genital stimulation.
“Arousal disorder is when an individual doesn’t get aroused by sexual stimuli as they typically should. For some, the mind doesn’t register the stimuli, so the body doesn’t respond. For others, the body responds to the stimuli, but the mind does not register it.
“There can be many different factors which can cause an individual to suffer from one of these conditions, including:
“Hormones tend to affect a female’s libido more than a males. Lack of oestrogen in women can lead to a dry vaginal area. The lack of lubrication, especially after childbirth or menopause, can lead to a lack of arousal response and even lack of sexual desire. Interestingly, it’s the male hormone, testosterone, in women which is responsible for sexual desire and a lack of it can negatively impact the female libido.
“A temporary lack of libido in both men and women can be due to emotional stress. This can be caused by difficult relationships, struggling with finances, work related issues and much more. However, it can also be the result of a long-standing health condition like diabetes, arthritis, heart conditions and chronic fatigue syndrome.
“Although some antidepressants can cause a lack of libido, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem are more common causes contributing to this problem rather than the medication itself.
“Simple lifestyle changes are all that’s needed to get an individual’s ‘mojo’ back such as:
- Actively designating time for yourself to relax
- Regular exercise, especially in fresh air
- Experimenting sexually- try introducing new positions and toys to the bedroom
- Avoiding recreational agents
- Keeping adequately hydrated
- Seeking treatment for any medical conditions such as a genital infection or vaginal dryness”.
If you are struggling with a loss of libido, we would always recommend discussing your concerns with a GP who will be able to advise the best next steps for you. If you are struggling to get an appointment with your NHS GP, at Pall Mall Medical we offer same and next day private appointments with GPs who can refer you to one of Pall Mall’s Consultant Gynaecologists.
We offer video and telephone consultations with private GPs and private Consultants. You can book an appointment by calling 03300 58 44