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:
|Low Female Testosterone||28%||Unlikely|
|Progesterone Excess||5%||Ruled out|
|Alcohol Consequences||2%||Ruled out|
|Low DHEA||0%||Ruled out|
How strong is your sex drive (libido)? In other words, how strong is your desire for sexual activity?
Possible responses:→ Totally absent - I am not at all interested in sex
→ About average / prefer not to say / don't know
→ Very strong - I can't live without it!
Mental states such as depression and strong emotions such as anger can effectively cool sexual desire.
Lack of sexual desire can be a consequence of diabetes.
Hypothyroidism can trigger loss of libido in both men and women.
DHEA is the precursor to testosterone. Low testosterone levels, which reduce sex drive, may be due to low DHEA levels.
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.
Loss of sex drive often correlates with a progesterone deficiency, not an estrogen deficiency.