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What Affects my Sex Drive? — an article on the Smart Living Network
June 21, 2009 at 6:14 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

What Affects my Sex Drive?

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The body is an intricate complex of systems that is affected by a variety of variables, both genetic and environmental. Sex drive, also known as libido, is also affected by both genetic and environmental factors. The first step to understanding what affects sex drive is to understand the causes and definition.

Sex Drive (Libido) Defined

Libido is also known as sexual desire or sex drive. It is the psychological and emotional energy that is associated with the want and need for the instinctive biological drive for sexual activity. Libido is affected by hundreds if not thousands of factors on a daily basis, which is why it can often be difficult to pinpoint the exact causes for the presence of low libido.

Low Libido Defined

Since low libido is so difficult to measure, there is one safe way to define low libido. Low libido is an individual circumstance that is defined by a consistent and recurrent lack of interest in sexual activities that is typically associated with anxiety or personal distress. This is the current standard that defines low libido as a medical condition. However, a discussion with your physician about treatment should be sought if you feel that you are not as interested or not enjoying sex as much as you think you should.

Low Libido: Physical Causes

There are a wide variety of physical causes for the presence of a low libido. Some of these causes are listed below.

  • Alcohol and drug use: Excessive use of alcohol and even the use of small amounts of drug use have both been correlated with decreased libido in women.
  • Fatigue: Exhaustion is a common killer of libido.
  • Hormonal Changes: Often the presence of hormonal changes can have certain affects on sex drive.
  • Medications: Certain medications are correlated with side effects of decreased overall sex drive
  • Medical conditions and diseases: Certain conditions and diseases are also correlated with decreased libido as a side effect or secondary condition.
  • Sexual problems: Certain sexual conditions including dyspareunia (pain during sex) and anorgasmia (inability to orgasm) are cause for decreased libido.
  • Surgery: Any surgery associated to the reproductive system can have effects on your libido.

Low Libido: Psychological Causes

In addition to the physical causes for low libido, there is also a vast array of psychological causes. Some of these causes are listed below.

  • Abuse: Any history of sexual or physical abuse is commonly correlated with decreased sex drive.
  • Body image: Having a poor body image can typically cause for the presence of low libido.
  • Low self esteem: Connected with body image, the presence of low self esteem is often correlated with lowered libido.
  • Mental health: Depression and anxiety have been strongly correlated with decreased libido.
  • Relationship: The relationship is very important in the formation and maintenance of libido. There are many ways that relationships can contribute to a lowered sex drive, including unresolved fights, infidelity, trust issues, poor communication, and lack of connection.
  • Stress: Stress is one of the most common libido killers in women.

There are many components to the formation and maintenance of a healthy sex life. In conjunction with this, there are also many components that affect sex drive in both women and men. It is important to establish an open line of communication with your partner about sexual health, including wants and needs.

Sources: http://www.answers.com/topic/libido http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/low-sex-drive-in-women/DS01043/DSECTION=3

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