Problems like low hormone levels can lower your libido (reduce your interest in sex). If this is causing you distress, visit Kiarash Michel, MD, and his team of board-certified doctors at Comprehensive Urology in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. They determine the cause of low libido and offer effective ways to overcome it. Call Comprehensive Urology today or book an appointment online for expert help overcoming low libido.
Low libido is a disinterest in sex; it’s also called low sex drive and low sexual desire.
There’s no such thing as an average sex drive. Some people have little or no interest in sex and are perfectly happy to live without it. Others enjoy sex once in a while but don’t consider it a priority. Some people want sex frequently and feel unhappy without it.
Everyone’s libido changes at times, dipping when you’re under stress, sick, or going through a trauma like a death in the family. When you feel better, your libido generally returns.
All of these variations are normal. The important thing is to be comfortable with your sex drive. If your low libido frustrates you, or you used to have a high sex drive, and it’s changed, you could benefit from the low libido treatments available at Comprehensive Urology.
Low libido can have physical and psychological causes. Sometimes both. Possible reasons for your libido to drop include:
Women might have gynecological conditions like endometriosis or uterine fibroids that reduce their libido.
Menopause (the leading cause of low estrogen levels) can also affect libido. But some women experience increased libido, possibly because after menopause, unwanted pregnancy is no longer a concern.
Effective treatment depends on determining the cause of your problem. You might need counseling if you have a mental health disorder or relationship problem. Or, if low hormone levels are responsible for your low libido, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) could be the answer.
Comprehensive Urology offers testosterone and estrogen replacement therapies. HRT comes in several forms, including pills, patches, and injections. A popular choice is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), where your doctor implants tiny, long-lasting hormone pellets under your skin.
It’s also important to consider how you can make changes in your life that improve your overall health. Examples including eating a healthier diet, exercising regularly, reducing stress, or losing weight. Quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption can also help.