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):
  • Male Menopause
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Diabetes II
  • High Histamine
  • Low Estrogens
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Low Testosterone
  • Anorexia/Starvation Tendency

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:
poor muscular strength
having trouble concentrating
excess saliva in mouth
high green tea consumption
very strong appetite
having hot flashes
difficulty falling asleep
severe vision disturbances
high processed meat consumption
slender fingers and toes
bulging eyes from hyperthyroidism
very angry/hostile disposition
... and more than 110 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
Low Estrogens 98% Confirm
Hyperthyroidism 30% Unlikely
Anorexia/Starvation Tendency 28% Unlikely
Hormone Imbalance 2% Ruled out
High Histamine 2% Ruled out
Male Menopause 0% Ruled out
Diabetes II 0% Ruled out
Low Testosterone 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.
Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance
Loss of sex drive often correlates with a progesterone deficiency, not an estrogen deficiency.
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.
Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism can trigger loss of libido in both men and women.
... and also rule out issues such as:

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