One common belief is that as we age our libido and sex drive take a downward spiral. Because many of us believe this idea we don’t get too concerned that the older we get, the less sex we have – but we should.
Having low libido is actually not a normal sign of aging, but instead can indicate a serious underlying health problem that requires attention. Instead of shrugging your shoulders at your lack of desire, you may want to begin paying closer attention to other emerging symptoms to figure out the real cause of your low sex drive.
Low libido isn’t a sign of aging
Experts agree that more often than not a decline in libido isn’t a cause for concern, but they also agree that it should be checked out just in case. Although often not spoken about, people over the age of 70 still enjoy a lavish sex life; previous surveys suggest over 70 percent of respondents reported having sex monthly.
If you used to be part of the group that reported an active sex life, but have since noticed a dip, here are some underlying health concerns, which could be robbing you of your sex drive.
- Heart disease – changes in sexual function and desire could result from a heart condition.
- Depression – serotonin affects mood and low serotonin can steal you mood, even for sex. Taking prescription antidepressants have also been shown to lower libido.
- Hormonal changes – low testosterone and estrogen in both men and women can cause low libido.
- Erectile dysfunction – hinders sexual abilities.
Benefits of sex
Now that you have a better understanding of what causes a drop in libido, you know that aging isn’t necessarily to blame. You should go in for a checkup and speak to your doctor about better controlling whatever condition is stealing your libido. With a little help you can go back to experiencing these benefits of sex:
- Boosted immune system
- Boosted libido
- Improved bladder control in women
- Lower blood pressure
- Lowered risk of heart attack
- Reduced pain
- Reduced risk of prostate cancer
- Improved sleep
- Reduced stress
With all the above listed benefits of sex, along with the fact that it’s a form of exercise, you’ll be sure to want to have it as regularly as possible, which is why you shouldn’t let other health conditions rob you of your desire and abilities.
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