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The possible causes and modern treatment methods of Reduced Libido

Regular sexual activity greatly benefits our health as because it fulfills the human emotional and physical need for intimacy and contact.

According to Anita H. Clayton, professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia and author of Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy, “systematic sexual activity helps couples stay close to each other.”

Nevertheless, there are many cases where some people have decreased Libido. In fact, it has been recorded that in the US about 40 million Americans have a “sexless marriage” or have sex with their partner less than 10 times a year.

 

The importance of health and psychology in the sexual mood

Many people believe that a decline in sexual mood is inevitable, especially over the years. Indeed, the decline of the erotic mood, with age, is a common phenomenon, without this, however, meaning that it is a normal process that always happens.

Libido is significantly determined by the general level of health of everyone, as well as by lifestyle. The desire for sex, regardless of age, can remain equally stable in people of both sexes, under two imperative and necessary conditions.

If someone has optimal Hormonal Balance and is not sick, as well as if he is psychologically strong, then he can still desire sexual intercourse, regardless of age. The existence or not of hormonal imbalance and any underlying diseases or psychological problems are the main factors that can act as a springboard to reduce sexual appetite.

 

Hormonal imbalance

One of the most common organic causes responsible for low sexual mood is the drop in our hormones. Insufficient levels of androgens, oxytocin, insulin, ghrelin, as well as disturbances in the balance of thyroid hormones or other endocrine glands, are the main causes of decreased sexual desire.

Low testosterone, which occurs with the rise of age, reduces sexual desire. On the other hand, when estrogen levels do not return to normal levels, it causes vaginal dryness in women, atrophy of the vagina and insomnia (pain during intercourse), conditions that significantly reduce the appetite for sexual intercourse.

Dopamine a neurotransmitter in the brain, can affect sexuality, when its levels decrease.

 

Intense stress and sex

In situations of intense stress, the circulatory system is “flooded” with stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, while at the same time the levels of sex hormones are reduced, namely progesterone in women and testosterone in men.

For these reasons, there are many cases where erectile problems occur in men and the loss of sexual desire occurs as a result of excessive stress.

 

Other diseases

Certain conditions, such as Diabetes, Hypertension and Thyroid Disease, can have an adverse effect on sexual mood. In hypothyroidism in particular, due to the fact that excessively reduced amounts of hormones are produced by the thyroid, serotonin levels fall significantly, with consequent effects on sexual desire.

 

Modern Medical Treatment of Decreased Libido Libido

As scientists we are increasingly expanding the field of our knowledge regarding the microcosm of our organism and we now have the ability to understand the complexity of the systems of our organism.

So we know very well that almost all of our hormones gradually begin to decline after the age of 25. And most important of all, we know that hormonal deficiencies and cellular imbalances can now be treated, regardless of age.

Investigating and eliminating the real causes of decreased Libido are the guarantees for the development of a treatment that will function on the essence of the problem.

 

Carrying out Specialized Diagnostic tests

Modern Medical Treatment is the clinical framework based on specialized diagnostic tests, which can detect at a molecular, cellular, hormonal and organic level imbalances responsible for the manifestation of reduced sexual desire.

 

Personalized Therapeutic protocols

Based on the diagnostic findings, therapeutic protocols are established, through which the neurotransmitters are corrected, the cellular balance is restored and the hormonal levels are returned to the best possible limits. These individualized treatments, may include protocols of micronutrients (antioxidants, vitamins, trace elements, etc.), Therapeutic (Molecular) diet and hormonal Rehabilitation with Natural (Bioidentical) hormones.

By these modern medical approaches, the production of energy in the body and the mind is stimulated, stress is treated and the quality of life is enhanced.

 

 

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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