Which factors can cause decreased sex drive?
There are several factors that can reduce sex drive in both women and men. Here are some common factors to look out for that can cause decreased sex drive.
- Stress and exhaustion – high levels of stress and fatigue can affect hormone levels and reduce sexual desire.
- Hormonal changes – during pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause or hormone therapy, imbalances in your hormones can affect sex drive.
- Medication – some medicines, such as antidepressants and birth control pills, can have side effects that reduce sexual desire.
- Anxiety and depression – psychological factors such as anxiety and depression can negatively affect sexual desire.
- Relationship problems – conflicts or difficulties in the relationship with a partner can reduce sexual desire.
- Self-esteem – low self-esteem and body dissatisfaction can affect sexual desire and confidence in bed.
What can be done to increase sex drive?
Stress, sleep, communication and the way you live can affect your sex drive. Here are some tips and advice that you can try to see if it can help you increase your sex drive.
Practice relaxation methods such as yoga, meditation or deep breathing exercises to reduce stress and increase the sense of presence during sexual activities.
Prioritize your sleep
Make sure you get enough sleep to boost your energy and improve your mood.
Communicate with your partner
Open and honest communication about sexual needs and desires can strengthen intimacy. Tell your partner how you feel about sex right now and what you think may be the reason for your decreased sex drive.
Healthy lifestyle choices such as exercise, a balanced diet and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can improve overall sexual health.
Explore new things
Try new sexual experiences and fantasies to increase excitement and interest in sex.
Explore your own body
Getting to know your own body through masturbation or self-stimulation can be an effective method of increasing sex drive. By exploring your own sexual responses and what gives you pleasure, you can increase your intimacy with yourself and understand your own sexual preferences better. This, in turn, can increase your desire and openness to sexual experiences with a partner.
I've tried EVERYTHING but my sex drive doesn't increase - what should I do?
If, despite trying to increase your sex drive, you do not achieve the desired result, it may be good to consider talking to a professional sexologist, therapist or doctor. They can help identify any underlying causes of reduced sex drive and offer advice and treatment to improve sexual health and well-being.