Being off your game from time to time is nothing to be ashamed of, and is something that every man experiences. Sometimes we are just not in the mood to get down to business, whether it be because of stress at work, at school or in another part of our lives.
This is something that everyone experiences on occasion, however a problem arises when this type of behavior stops being an outlier and starts to be routine. Some people are under the false impression that men can’t suffer from a low sex drive like women do, because it is hard wired into their nature. While it is true that women tend to suffer from a low sex drive at a higher frequency than men, this doesn’t make the problem one that is exclusive to women.
Like many other aspects of our health, our sex drive is highly dependent on other factors relative to our health which can influence this drive. Here are the most common reasons why men suffer from a low sex drive, and what you can do to reverse this problem.
Too Much Weight
Mental health plays a huge role in a man’s desire to have sex, however our physical characteristics can influence this as well. Having too much additional fat on our frame can decrease our desire to have sex as well, which all comes down to our hormones.
Men who have excess weight not only are at a greater risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other serious health problems, but also tend to be low on the testosterone scale as well. This is because of the role that testosterone plays within some of the centers of our brain as it is an essential ligand that binds to a variety of receptors here.
When our levels of testosterone is too low, there is less available for it to bind to the testosterone receptors in the brain, which can dampen a man’s drive to have sex. While testosterone therapy would seem like the most effective and obvious choice here to resolve the problem, studies have shown that hormone replacement therapy doesn’t provide long-term benefits.
Alternatively to increase his libido a man should look to natural herbal supplements which can help to both improve his free testosterone levels and increase his drive to have sex.
Lack of Sun Exposure
Research continues to support the idea that direct sunlight exposure and the production of vitamin D can dramatically improve a man’s desire to have sex. One study in particular tested this by exposing one group of men to natural sunlight as one would expect, while the other group was essentially kept in the dark.
The subjects in the study who were exposed to regular sunlight exhibited a much greater sex drive on average when compared to those in the second group. If you are experiencing a decrease in your sex drive, sun exposure may help you correct this problem. If you work in a profession where more exposure to sun is out of the question, then try to get some exposure to ultraviolet light artificially which can be done with special lamps and light bulbs.
Sleep apnea has recently gotten a lot of attention because of its link to a host of health problems commonly experienced by both men and women. Specifically to men however is the threat of lower testosterone levels, which is a result of not getting enough quality sleep.
Luckily there are plenty of ways which someone can treat this problem, the most effective method being a CPAP machine, which is worn by the user at night. This will help to improve those testosterone levels as well as reducing the risk of hypertension, stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular disease associated with sleep apnea.
High Levels of Cortisol
Cortisol is the body’s stress hormone, one that it uses in response to stress in the typical “fight or flight” type of situation. While this response can be helpful in a stressful situation, being chronically exposed to high levels of cortisol has been shown to have negative health effects.
Cortisol is also the hormone that the body uses to store fat, so when levels of cortisol are high, you will gain weight more easily. In turn cortisol also suppresses testosterone produced by the system, creating an imbalance which can cause a person to gain even more weight. This type of positive feedback system makes the cycle of being overweight and stressed one that is extremely difficult to break, as many people can attest to.
The best way to manage your cortisol levels is to manage your stress as best as possible. This may mean that you have to spend more time at the gym, pick up a yoga class, or just to meditate more often. All of these solutions will help you improve your libido, and get back that urge to have sex.
Last but certainly not least on the list of things that can potentially decrease your sex drive are prescription medications. Certain medications can interfere with your sex drive, even ones that you wouldn’t think of. The best solution here is to talk to your doctor about the medication you use, the problems you are experiencing, and if there are any alternative medications you can take instead.
Solving a problem with low libido may be as easy as making a change in your prescriptions, so talk to your doctor to see if there is another medication he can prescribe you that will not affect your libido.