Sexual Health Q&A

Do men suffer from low libido?

Men are often portrayed as wanting sex all the time. However, a man can lose interest in sex.

In 2013, The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study on low sex drive in men. Scientists reported that in a sample of over 5,000 men, 14% of the men between the ages of 18 and 29 had experienced low libido within the previous year. The rate was 17% for men between 50 and 59 years old.

Low libido can have physical and psychological causes:

Low testosterone. Testosterone is critical hormone for a man’s sex drive. As men get older, their testosterone levels gradually decline, which can make them feel less interested in sex. Other medical conditions, such as obesity, or obstructive sleep apnea, can lower testosterone levels, too.

Medication side effects. Lower libido can be a side effect of many different drugs, such as antidepressants, opioids, and beta-blockers (used to lower blood pressure). Drug and alcohol abuse may also diminish a man’s sex drive.

Fatigue. Sometimes, men can become so tired that they lose interest in sex.

Stress and anxiety. Coping with stressful situations and anxiety can also take its toll.

Relationship problems. When a man is unhappy with his relationship or angry with his partner, he may feel less inclined to have sex.

Boredom. Sex becomes routine for some couples, especially if they have been together for a long time. They continue with the same sexual activities that they’ve always done, making sex less interesting and fun. As a result, they may lose their desire for sex.