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What causes low libido?

Libido can be affected by numerous factors. Some reasons for a reduced libido can include: anxiety about previous performance; psychological issues including stress, depression or low self-esteem; familiarity with a sexual partner; physical turn-offs caused by changes in appearance; pain during sex; tiredness or fatigue; previous traumatic experiences (such as rape or sexual abuse); hormone changes during menopause or pregnancy; medication (such as antidepressant medication), alcohol or drugs; Illnesses (such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, heart disease or cancer), and; a deficiency in male hormones (such as testosterone).

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Fertility

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