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Loss of Sexual Desire in Men

A disorder characterized by a recurrent or persistent lack of desire for sexual activity. The major symptom is a deficiency or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity. This is also known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder and affects both men and women.

The study conducted by Dr. Promodu’s Institute found that out of 13402 men with sexual problems 2.45% had a loss of sexual desire.

The level of sexual desire in each man may vary. But normally all men will have a desire to engage in or enjoy sexual activity which is reflected in his attitude, fantasy and behaviour. Various cases may reduce one’s sexual desire. The common causes are the following.

Psychological Causes

Excessive anxiety and mental stress, depression, attitude towards the partner, interpersonal problems with the partner etc can affect the desire. Loss of desire may also an expression of hostility to a partner or the sign of deteriorating relationship. Marital discord is found to be one of the most common reasons for cessation or inhibition of sexual activity. Abstinence for a long period may results in suppression of sexual impulses.

Desire also depends on adequate self esteem, ability to accept oneself as a sexual person, previous good experience with sex, the availability of an appropriate partnerand a good relationship in nonsexual areas with a partner. Damage to, or absence of any of these factors may result in diminished desire.

Physical Causes

Testosterone is the known as the hormone responsible for sexual desire. Very low testosterone levels are usually associated with low sexual desire. Levels may reduce as a part of ageing, other hormonal imbalances in the body like abnormalities in thyroid or prolactin levels. Other causes include chronic diseases, medications, drug abuse, lack of exercise, obesity, high cholesterol levels etc.


Life style modifications such as improve your diet, regular exercise, enough sleep, reduce alcohol intake, stop drug abuse, reduce mental stress.

Testosterone replacement therapy if the testosterone level is too low.

Sex therapy and other methods of psychological treatment as per the indications are very effective if the problem is of psychogenic in origin.