We all experience bouts of low libido, and there are many different reasons for this including stress and illness. Experiencing low libido from time to time isn’t something to be concerned about, but when does low libido become something you need to discuss with your doctor? Recognizing that fine line between normal and not normal can save your sex life.
Here are some signs to look for that indicate that it’s time to speak to your doctor about your low libido.
Signs of Persistent Low Libido
You recognize a change, but don’t know what’s causing it: You’ve acknowledged that your libido has been on the low side but can’t figure out what’s triggering it. Thyroid disorders, fibroids, fatigue, stress, and depression all play a role in low libido. If these are left untreated, it can lead to worsened health outcomes.
You’re dissatisfied with your sex drive: If your low libido is causing tension in your relationship, then it may be time to talk to your doctor or therapist.
Sex is painful: If you don’t enjoy sex due to pain, then it’s understandable that you would have a low libido. But the real question is, why are you experiencing pain? Uncovering that underlying issue which is causing your sex to be painful is essential not only for your sex life, but for your overall health.
You take medications: Some medications may trigger low libido. Blood pressure medicine, antidepressants, and oral contraceptives can all have this effect. Speak to your doctor about other medications available.
Imbalanced hormones: Having a hormonal imbalance can hinder your libido. If you previously had a healthy libido that is now on the decline, you may want to have your hormones tested. As we age, we enter different phases in our lives that affect our hormones. There are treatments to help restore these levels. On the other hand, you may find out you have a medical condition that is disrupting your hormones.
You’re unhappy with your sex life: Maybe you just aren’t satisfied with your sex life, which is putting a damper on your libido. This may be an issue you need to discuss with your partner and with a therapist to work past any issues you may have. By discussing these issues, you can regain satisfaction not only in your sex life but in your overall quality of life.