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
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... 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
|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: