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Loss of Libido

Loss of Libido

A Quick run down

Libido is conscious or unconscious sexual desire. Loss of libido is a sexual dysfunction relating to loss of sexual
desire or sexual drive and is also termed hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD).
Loss of libido is not the same as erectile dysfunction and must not be confused as such.

How common is it?
It is a common problem but it is difficult to quantify because definitions may vary and only a few of those who
experience loss of libido consult a doctor even when it may be the cause of relationship difficulties.
There is a wide 'normal' range. Studies have reported a prevalence in men between 1-20%.
The Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors (an international survey of various aspects of sex
and relationships among adults aged 40-80 years) reported a prevalence of 26% to 43% of women.

A review of articles revealed some interesting points:
In Hong Kong a telephone survey showed a high prevalence of sexual problems generally and in
women a 25% prevalence of loss of interest in sex. Sex-related knowledge, perceived importance of
sex, perceived physical health status and sexual satisfaction were predictors of sexual problems.
Gender differences and strong cultural influences were apparent. Moreover, sexual problems and
sexual satisfaction were associated with mental health, quality of life indicators and overall life
It is normal for sexual drive to diminish as one ages but the degree is highly
variable. It appears that this effect is significantly more marked in women than in men. Diminished sexual
potency and vaginal dryness may contribute to reduced libido.
It also seems that qualitative aspects of sexual activity may change and improve with age.
It would be a mistake to link libido with either 'performance' or sexual satisfaction.



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