A decreased libido means you have less desire to have sex. It may be hard to get sexually excited or have an erection. Problems such as low testosterone can cause this. So can stress, sexual abuse, tension between you and your sex partner, and some medicines. There may be more than one cause.
Your doctor may do tests to check your hormone levels. He or she may ask you questions about your sex life. Trust your doctor. Try to be honest about your feelings toward sex. Your sex partner may want to take part in your treatment. And you may want to learn about how the body changes as you get older.
Most men can have a healthy sex drive again after the problem is found.
Medicines for depression can affect your sex drive. If you are taking any, ask your doctor about changing them.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: March 14, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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