Loss of Sexual Desire

Loss of Sexual Desire

 
Libido refers to a person’s sex drive or desire for sexual activity. The desire for sex is an aspect of a person’s sexuality, but varies enormously from one person to another, and it also varies depending on circumstances at a particular time. Sex drive has usually biological, psychological, and social components. Biologically, levels of hormones such as testosterone are believed to affect sex drive; social factors, such as work and family, also have an impact; as do internal psychological factors, like personality and stress. Sex drive may be affected by medical conditions, medications, lifestyle and relationship issues. A person who has extremely frequent or a suddenly increased sex drive may be experiencing hypersexuality, but there is no measure of what is a healthy level for sex. Asexual people may lack any sexual desires.

A person may have a desire for sex but not have the opportunity to act on that desire, or may on personal, moral or religious reasons refrain from acting on the urge. Psychologically, a person’s urge can be repressed or sublimated. On the other hand, a person can engage in sexual activity without an actual desire for it. Males reach the peak of their sex drive in their teens, while women reach it in their thirties

A sex drive can be viewed in terms of a general desire for sex or in terms of desire for sex with a particular person. A general desire for sex is an important motivator for the formation and maintenance of intimate relationships in both men and women, and a lack or loss of sexual desire can have an adverse impact on a relationship. A general change in desire for sex by either partner in a relationship for any reason if sustained and unresolved may result in a lack or loss of sexual desire for the other partner, which may cause problems in the relationship. Infidelity may be an indication of a continuing general desire for sex, though not with the primary partner or because personal sexual needs cannot be satisfied adequately by that partner. Problems can arise from the loss of sexual desire in general or for the partner or a lack of connection with the partner, or poor communication of sexual needs and preferences

Psychological perspectives

Freud viewed libido as passing through a series of developmental stages within the individual. Failure to adequately adapt to the demands of these different stages could result in libidinal energy becoming ‘dammed up’ or fixated in these stages, producing certain pathological character traits in adulthood. Thus the psychopathologized individual for Freud was an immature individual, and the goal of psychoanalysis was to bring these fixations to conscious awareness so that the libido energy would be freed up and available for conscious use in some sort of constructive sublimation.

Psychological factors

Psychological factors can reduce the desire for sex. These factors can include lack of privacy and/or intimacy, stress or fatigue, distraction or depression. Environmental stress, such as prolonged exposure to elevated sound levels or bright light, can also affect libido. Other causes include experience of sexual abuse, assault, trauma, or neglect, body image issues and sexual performance anxiety.

Some people have suggested that contraception may influence the desire for sex by women, by decreasing the anxiety level from an unexpected pregnancy.

Physical factors

Physical factors that can affect libido include: endocrine issues such as hypothyroidism, levels of available testosterone in the bloodstream of both women and men, the effect of certain prescription medications (for example flutamide), various lifestyle factors and the attractiveness and biological fitness of one’s partner. Inborn lack of sexual desire, often observed in asexual people, can also be considered a physical factor.

Being very underweight or malnourished can cause a low libido due to disruptions in normal hormonal levels. There is also evidence to support that specific foods have an effect on libido.

Anemia is particularly a cause of lack of libido in women due to the loss of iron during the period.

Smoking, alcohol abuse and drug abuse may also cause disruptions in the hormonal balances and therefore leads to a decreased libido. However, specialists suggest that several lifestyle changes such as drinking milk, exercising, quitting smoking, lower consumption of alcohol or using prescription drugs may help increase one’s sexual desire. Moreover, learning stress management techniques can be helpful for individuals who experience libido impairment due to a stressful life.

Medications

Reduced libido is also often iatrogenic and can be caused by many medications, such as hormonal contraception, SSRIs and other antidepressants, antipsychotics, opioids and beta blockers. In some cases iatrogenic impotence or other sexual dysfunction can be permanent, as in post-SSRI sexual dysfunction (PSSD).

Testosterone is one of the hormones controlling libido in human beings. Emerging research is showing that hormonal contraception methods like “the pill” (which rely on estrogen and progesterone together) are causing low libido in females by elevating levels of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG binds to sex hormones, including testosterone, rendering them unavailable. Research is showing that even after ending a hormonal contraceptive method, SHBG levels remain elevated and no reliable data exists to predict when this phenomenon will diminish.

Testosterone and menstrual cycle

A woman’s desire for sex is correlated to her menstrual cycle, with many women experiencing a heightened sexual desire in the several days immediately before ovulation.

This cycle has been associated with changes in a woman’s testosterone levels during the menstrual cycle. According to Gabrielle Lichterman, testosterone levels have a direct impact on a woman’s interest in sex. According to her, testosterone levels rise gradually from about the 24th day of a woman’s menstrual cycle until ovulation on about the 14th day of the next cycle, and during this period the woman’s desire for sex increase consistently. The 13th day is generally the day with the highest testosterone levels. In the week following ovulation, the testosterone level is the lowest and as a result women will experience less interest in sex.

Also, during the week following ovulation, progesterone levels increase, resulting in a woman experiencing difficulty achieving orgasm. Although the last days of the menstrual cycle are marked by a constant testosterone level, women’s libido may boost as a result of the thickening of the uterine lining which stimulates nerve endings and makes a woman feel aroused. Also, during these days, estrogen levels also decline, resulting in a decrease of natural lubrication.

Although some specialists disagree with this theory, menopause is still considered by the majority a factor that can cause decreased sex desire in women. The levels of estrogen decrease at menopause and this usually causes a lower interest in sex and vaginal dryness which makes intercourse painful. Also, the levels of testosterone increase at menopause and this is why some women may experience a contrary effect, of an increased libido.

Sexual desire disorders

There is no measure of what is a healthy level for sex desire. Some people want to have sex every day, or more than once a day; others once a year or not at all. However, a person who lacks a desire for sexual activity for some period of time may be experiencing a hypoactive sexual desire disorder or may be asexual. A sexual desire disorder is more common in women, but rare in men. Erectile dysfunction is more common in men and may be a cause for the lack of sexual desire, but with which it should not be confused. Moreover, specialists have brought to attention that libido impairment may not even occur in cases of men with erectile dysfunction.

Physical changes in the vagina that affect libido

At some point in their lives, approximately 50% of women experience thinning, tightening, dryness, and atrophy (a decrease in muscle mass) in the vulva and vagina. These changes can cause irritation, soreness, itching, and severe pain during sex, as well as embarrassing urinary frequency and urgency. Due to which low libido may occur in women.

Effects of stress on sex drive

Most of us know that chronic stress isn’t healthy, but we may not realize the toll it takes on libido. The body interprets ongoing stress as life threatening, so naturally, survival is prioritized ahead of pleasure. Stress over-burdens the adrenal glands, “stealing” the substances normally used to make estrogens and testosterone, both vital to desire and sexual response.

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Sexual Dysfunction in Men and Women

 
Sexual Dysfunction in Men“Healthy semen is the goal for every man who desires a long healthy sex life. All the channels of movement in the body must be open but especially the genital urinary system.”

General Signs And Symptoms Of Impotency or Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

  • weak erection
  • no erection
  • ejaculation in a night dream
  • uncontrolled ejaculation
  • no ejaculation despite adequate erection

In a healthy relationship a man may spontaneously develop a weaker and weaker sexual firmness during coitus. Even while being conservative in sexual activity he may be subject to coughing spells, and/or perspire profusely. He may be unable to get or sustain an erection and/or ejaculate semen.

Erectile dysfunction occurs for the following reasons:

  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • kidney failure
  • early heart disease
  • prostate problems
  • alcohol or narcotic use
  • antihistamine use
  • anti-depressant use

Poor sexual health occurs for the following four reasons:

  1. Scant semen production
  2. Weakened phallic contraction ability, loosened erectile function.
  3. Geriatric impotency.
  4. Psychological derangement known as sex addiction. (Unwholesome sexual activity leading to an overall physical and psychological weakening and an inability to control the need for sexual intercourse.)

Let’s look at the causes of the above one at a time.

Causes of Scant Semen Production

  • Intake of cold, dry food, nutritionally deficient food, modern day junk food.
  • The drying out of the digestive system due to improper eating behavior
  • Eating before the last meal is properly digested.
  • Grief, anger, fear and terror. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
  • Psychological strain caused by suspicion, jealousy, past instances of betrayal leading to negative emotions in sexual relationships.
  • Drinking alcohol daily.
  • Extreme financial worries.
  • Anxiety.
  • Feeling insecure about your loved ones, especially your significant other.
  • Diet and/or life conditions leading to the dehydration of the plasma content, i.e., failure to nourish the blood supply, and polluting it so much that it clogs the finest tissues influencing sexual function in the body.
  • Excessive fasting
  • A psychological dislike of women or men.
  • Projecting your inner pain on your sexual partner.
  • Inadequate self love..

Causes of Loosened Erectile Function and Weakened Phallic Contraction · Eating sour, sweet, and alkaline food combinations – a hamburger, fries and a shake, for example.

  • Too much alcohol
  • Sweet, rich foods, in combination with caffeinated products. (Think coffee and a croissant)
  • Excessive water consumption.
  • Not eating breakfast, lunch and dinner on time and in a healthy environment of peace and serenity.
  • Eating too much pastry and heavy food
  • Eating too much yogurt.
  • Unwholesome, infection prone sexual behaviors leading to physical trauma to phallus.
  • Lack of proper phallic hygiene.
  • Suppression of the urge for seminal ejaculation during sexual intercourse
  • Physical disorders of the phallus such as swelling, pain and redness of the penis, pustules, epidermal eruption, boils; a white, brown, or pink watery discharge; a circular and hard elevation below the glans penis; a bloody discharge; a mild swelling with a scanty yellow discharge from the testicles, glans penis, and the phallus. · Red blood cell imbalances causing a bloody effect on seminal tissue.

Causes of Geriatric Impotency

  • Tissues in the body begin to dry up and the body actually loses body mass.
  • Bad nutritional habits.
  • The gradual loss of strength, energy, and the power of the senses, due to increasing age.
  • Loss of desire to eat nutritiously.
  • Mental and physical fatigue.

Causes of Sexual Addiction

  • Psychological strain caused by suspicion, jealousy, past instances of betrayal leading to negative emotions in sexual relationships.
  • Grief, anger, fear and terror. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). A psychological dislike of women or men.
  • Projecting your inner pain on your sexual partner.
  • Inadequate self love.
  • Sexual Obsessions.

Sexual Dysfunction in Women

Women suffer from a variety of conditions which are either sexual dysfunctions themselves or conditions which can lead to sexual dysfunction. These include loss of libido, frigidity, fibroid tumors, cervical, uterine, ovarian, and breast cancers; vaginal dryness, vaginal inflammations, vaginal fatty lumps, yeast infections, urinary tract infections, excessive menstrual bleeding, irregular menstrual bleeding, and viral infections that can lead to cancer. Hormonal shifts and imbalances also relate directly to sexual satisfaction and bliss throughout life. In fact, lack of sexual satisfaction and lack of willingness or ability to respond to natural sexual urges is a leading cause of nervous disorders in women.

Menstrual Disorders of Woman Leading to Sexual Disorders

  • Vata: Women with a predominantly Vata body type tend to exhibit clots, insomnia, fear, anxiety, and pain before her flow begins.
  • Pitta: Women with a predominantly Pitta body type tend to exhibit hot flashes, bright red gushing flow, and pain during the flow.
  • Kapha: Women with a predominantly Kapha body type tend to exhibit pale watery flow, water retention, swollen breasts, and a “swollen” pain before, during, and after her flow.
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Premature Ejaculation

Premature Ejaculation

Premature ejaculation (PE) is a condition in which a man ejaculates earlier than he or his partner would like him to. Premature ejaculation is also known as rapid ejaculation, rapid climax, premature climax, or early ejaculation. Premature ejaculation as the condition in which a man ejaculates before his sex partner achieves orgasm, in more than fifty Premature ejaculation cent of their sexual encounters.

Premature Ejaculation can be differentiated between two type. Primary, which is present from the time a male begins puberty, and Secondary which is acquired later in the man’s life. Premature Ejaculation can be further divided between; Global Premature Ejaculation, which occurs with all partners and in all contexts and Situational Premature Ejaculation which occurs in certain situation or with specific partners

Most men experience premature ejaculation at least once in their lives. Because there is great variability in both how long it takes men to ejaculate and how long both partners want sex to last, if at all, an accurate prevalence rate is hard to determine, estimates range from as low as 5% to as high as 30%

What happens in Premature Ejaculation?

In men with Premature ejaculation, the mechanism of ejaculation is the same as in men without Premature ejaculation, but it happen much more quickly and with less feeling of control. Men with Premature ejaculation have compared their lack of control over ejaculation to a sneeze – they can feel that it’s going to happen but they can’t do anything to stop it. This is because, like a sneeze, ejaculation is a reflex action that is controlled by the brain and nervous system, and once triggered it can’t be stopped. Ejaculation can be triggered by mental as well as physical sexual stimulation.

What causes Premature Ejaculation?

The exact reason why some Premature people have a faster sexual response is not yet fully understood. In the past, Premature ejaculation was thought to be a purely a psychological condition, but doctors now know that it can be caused by physical problems associated with the serotonin signals in the brain that control ejaculation. Scientists recently discovered variations of a gene controlling serotonin signalling that could be linked to Premature ejaculation

How many men suffer from premature ejaculation?

Premature ejaculation is a common medical condition, with some experts believing that as many as one-third of all men will experience Premature ejaculation at some point in their lives, although the proportion of men who experience substantial distress is probably a lot lower. The true frequency of what is quite a private condition is understandably hard to estimate.

What is the impact of premature ejaculation?

The burden of Premature ejaculation is both emotional and physical. It can cause low self-confidence, anxiety, and feelings of shame. In some studies an association with depression has also been shown

Frequency and impact

A recent survey of over 12,000 men found that those with Premature ejaculation had significantly worse sexual lives than men without Premature ejaculation, with a greater proportion reporting ‘little interest in sex’, ‘lack of orgasm’ and difficulties in achieving or maintaining an erection. The effects of Premature ejaculation also extend beyond sexual intercourse and relationships, with men with Premature ejaculation reporting lower overall quality of life than men without Premature ejaculation.

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