- Alcoholism – quite common.
- Abuse of drugs such as cocaine.
- Obesity – quite common; slimming down will often help.
- Anaemia - unusual, unless the man has been bleeding for any reason.
- Hyperprolactinaemia – a rare disorder where the pituitary gland produces too much of the hormone prolactin.
- Prescribed drugs – particularly Proscar (finasteride), a tablet used for prostate problems.
- Low testosterone level - contrary to what many people think, this is rare, except in cases where some injury or illness has affected the testicles.
- Any major disease such as diabetes.
- Depression – very common.
- Stress and overwork.
- Hang-ups from childhood.
- Latent homosexuality.
- Serious relationship problems with your partner.
What should a man do about lack of libido?
Begin by seeing your general practitioner. If your doctor can't help, he or she can refer you to a specialist.All the above causes of lack of libido can respond well to therapy.The most difficult to treat are those that involve marital problems or hang-ups about sex. For these, a good place to go is a Relate clinic.