What Causes Decreased Sexual Mood?
Regular sexual activity is good for our health. It satisfies the emotional and physical need for closeness and helps couples stay close to each other, says University of Virginia psychiatry professor and author of Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy. Anita H. Clayton.
It is estimated that in the United States about 40 million Americans live in “sexless marriages”, having sex with their partner less than 10 times a year.
Libido decreases with age. But this is not always the case as libido depends to a large extent on the general level of health of each person and his lifestyle.
«”I do not have the same desire for sex lately”»
According to scientists, in recent years people are spending their time to “form” a strong social and professional profile, as a result, the time for effective communication with their partner has been dramatically reduced. Reducing the frequency of sexual intercourse should not scare us as there is no number of sexual intercourses that is considered ideal or normal.
What affects libido?
Many factors, both biological and psychological, determine whether our sexual mood is at its peak or stagnant at any moment in our lives.
Most scientists agree that stress is the “biggest killer” of sex. Stress and pressure of everyday life, relationship or family problems and depression are just some of the many factors that affect sexual desire.
Decreased sexual desire is more common in women than in men. The most common organic cause is a lack of hormones. Testosterone levels, which decrease over time, play an important role in sexual desire. Low levels of this hormone can, in addition to age, be due to chronic diseases and medication. In addition to testosterone, a dysfunction of thyroid hormones can also affect sexual desire.
Diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol can negatively affect sexual activity.
Erotic desire starts in the brain and the chemical exchange system in the brain is directly related to libido. Dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain, plays a big role in all of this and experts say that when its levels are low it can affect sexuality.
Your feelings towards your partner and the way you view your relationship also affect your mood. A strong relationship in which sex plays a leading role helps increase libido.
Your lifestyle also plays an important role. Healthy habits such as a balanced diet, regular exercise and plenty of rest, not only affect your general state of health, but also your mood.
A medical approach at the cellular level that can correct hormonal balance and neurotransmitters seems to function beneficially in relation to lost sexual mood and metabolic problems.
The main purpose is to achieve hormonal and cellular repair in the body. Specialist doctors prescribe treatments that provide results which last over time. Before any treatment is given, the exact cause(s) of decreased libido is identified so that the treatment will act on the real cause of the problem.
In dozens of patients who were treated for at least three months, the results at 85% showed a spectacular change. In addition to the controversial issue of libido, individuals have improved their physical condition and social interactions. In general, their willingness to participate more actively in the joys of life.
Dr. Nikoleta Koini, M.D.
Doctor of Functional, Preventive, Anti-ageing and Restorative Medicine.
Diplomate and Board Certified in Anti-aging, Preventive, Functional and Regenerative Medicine from A4M (American Academy in Antiaging Medicine).
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