A low sex drive may affect not just you, but your relationship with your partner as well. While aging may lessen libido, it is not natural for your sex drive to virtually disappear. If you suffer from unusually low libido during andropause, a professional doctor can address your concerns. A Greenwich low sex drive doctor could determine why your libido is low and help bring desire back into your life.
The primary cause of low sex drive in males is decreased levels of testosterone. After age 30, most men experience lower testosterone production, and levels continue decreasing over time. Men with low sex drives may also experience difficulty with maintaining an erection, low semen count, and loss of muscle mass. Other indicators of low testosterone include:
However, low testosterone is not the only cause of low sex drive. Other potential factors include depression, certain diseases, stress, overall outlook on life, and taking certain medications, including many common blood pressure drugs.
Testosterone replacement therapy — available in injectable, patch, gel, and intradermal pellet forms — can restore sex drive and make men feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally. It is crucial to emphasize, however, that testosterone replacement therapy requires a Greenwich low sex drive doctor’s supervision.
Men should not take over-the-counter testosterone supplements for self-treatment, as they are not well-regulated. In fact, some so-called “testosterone” supplements typically contain herbs, not hormones. Furthermore, these supplements may contain contaminants and could cause serious or even life-threatening side effects without a physician’s guidance.
When screening a patient for low sex drive, a doctor in Greenwich may conduct a thorough physical examination and take a complete medical history — including the use of prescription and over-the-counter medications — to reach a diagnosis. Patients whose low sex drive may be related to their medications should consult with their primary physicians to see if changing or adjusting the dosage of such drugs is a possibility.
There are some men whose symptoms mimic that of low testosterone, but it may turn out that hypertension or cardiac issues are causing the decline in sex drive. Such patients would be referred to appropriate specialists.
A simple blood test can reveal testosterone levels. For men with low sex drives, a Greenwich doctor could formulate the correct dosage and type of bioidentical testosterone therapy for their needs. Bioidentical hormones are custom-made for each patient in a state-of-the-art compounding pharmacy. Patients must return for regular monitoring and dosage adjustment, as it may take a while for a patient to receive the ideal dosage level.
In addition to sex drive improvement, bioidentical hormones can lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol, as well as improve mood and cognition. Men who were irritable and difficult due to their low testosterone levels are often happier and more cheerful after starting testosterone replacement therapy, making life easier for spouses and partners.
If you would like more information about how testosterone and other therapies could restore your sex drive, call our office today and schedule a consultation with an experienced Greenwich low sex drive doctor. If Dr. Edward Jacobson is unavailable for an in-person consultation, he may be able to speak with you remotely via telephone, Skype, or FaceTime.