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
- Alcohol Consequences
- 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:
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possible stress-induced arthritis
afternoon coffee/sugar craving
... 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:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
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)... ?
→ Totally absent
→ Normal / don't know
→ 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:
Mental states such as depression and strong emotions such as anger can effectively cool sexual desire.
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.
... and also rule out issues such as: