Level Of Sexual Desire

What Causes Reduced Sexual Desire?

Reduced sexual desire can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose reduced sexual desire, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "reduced sexual desire" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Low Testosterone
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Alcohol Consequences
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Progesterone Excess
  • Zinc Need

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
much lower back pain
constant fatigue
slow reaction time
angry/hostile disposition
early term miscarriage
high refined sugar consumption
darker/redder skin color
moderate alcohol consumption
depression in family members
cold sores
possible stress-induced arthritis
depression with some fatigue
... and more than 140 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of reduced sexual desire:
Cause Probability Status
Sleep Apnea 96% Confirm
Depression 16% Unlikely
Hypothyroidism 23% Unlikely
Stress 4% Ruled out
Progesterone Excess 3% Ruled out
Low Testosterone 0% Ruled out
Zinc Need 0% Ruled out
Alcohol Consequences 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Reproductive Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about level of sexual desire:
Is your sexual desire (libido)... ?
Possible responses:
→ Totally absent
→ Reduced
→ Normal / don't know
→ Increased
→ Very strong
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either weak sexual desire or strong sexual desire, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Depression

Mental states such as depression and strong emotions such as anger can effectively cool sexual desire.

Diabetes Type II

Lack of sexual desire can be a consequence of diabetes.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism can trigger loss of libido in both men and women.

Low DHEA Level

DHEA is the precursor to testosterone.  Low testosterone levels, which reduce sex drive, may be due to low DHEA levels.

Low Male Testosterone Level

Many studies over the years have shown that testosterone is critical to sexual desire.  One of the most common symptoms of low male testosterone level is a loss of libido.

Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

Loss of sex drive often correlates with a progesterone deficiency, not an estrogen deficiency.

... and also rule out issues such as: