What is low sex drive, also known as loss of Libido in men?

By Dr. Praveen Tripathi - January 20, 2019

Loss of Libido in men

One of the common beliefs is that men have a high sex drive and they are ready to have sex, 24X7. The truth is slightly different. While it appears that men have a higher sexual drive than women, this is not always true. A significant number of men have sexual drive lesser than their partners and this may become a source of distress in their relationships. This low sexual desire (or low libido) has been given a name, hypoactive sexual desire disorders (HSDD)

It has been found to affect almost 20-25 percent of men have low sex drive and can be diagnosed with hypoactive sexual desire disorder; the prevalence tends to increase with age.

Low sex drive usually doesn’t develop suddenly, instead it happens over a period of time. It should be differentiated from normal fluctuations in sexual desire. Only if low sex drive, is persistent for at least six months and is cause of distress in relationship, the diagnosis should be made.

Loss of libido can have a serious adverse impact on the self esteem of the person, as in men , sexuality is commonly associated with masculinity, and men are extremely sensitive to issues concerning their masculinity.