photo credit: D Sharon Pruitt
If you’re experiencing diminished libido, it could be the result of a medical condition. Have you had a physical recently?
What habits (poor diet, smoking, etc.) might be negatively impacting your health and/or sexual desire?
Are you currently taking any medications (prescription and/or nonprescription)?
Would it surprise you to know that both prescription and nonprescription medications can alter sexual desire, arousal, and orgasm? They can.
Some medications interfere with libido by affecting the… following:
- Hormone levels of estrogen and testosterone
- Neurological/brain function (antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications that change levels of neurotransmitters, sedatives, and mood stabilizers)
- Blood flow (such as antihypertensives)
Be sure to continue taking all prescribed medicines as your doctor instructed you, but if you find that your sexual desire and/or performance has changed several weeks after beginning a new medication, talk to your doctor to see whether there is a different medication you might try, one that won’t send your libido packing.
There is a table on page 143 of my book that lists some of the most common medications that affect libido. Is yours on the list?