Desire. Sex drive. Passion. Libido. Interest in sex goes by many names, but whatever you call it, it’s an important part of your identity and your relationship with your partner.
Sexual desire is a complex combination of physical and psychological factors. It naturally fluctuates from year to year and even day to day, but what happens when your interest in sex drops too low — or even disappears completely?
It’s a common misconception that low sexual desire is unavoidable and irreversible. But the truth is that it’s a treatable medical condition, and help is available.
Stuart Shoengold, MD, and our team at the Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine specialize in treating sexual dysfunction. No matter your gender, your age, or your sexual habits, we’re here to help you understand the cause behind your low sex drive and what you can do about it.
Sexual desire is highly personal. Some people have higher sex drives than others, and it’s normal for your interest in sex to vary over the course of your life. But if you’re consistently disinterested in having sex and it’s causing you distress, it can become a problem.
Low sexual desire can impact more than your sex life. People who are bothered by low sex drive may feel unhappy in their marriages or relationships, and they may also experience low self esteem, anger, and frustration.
If low sex drive is affecting your quality of life, you shouldn’t wait to see a specialist. Dr. Shoengold and our team offer comprehensive evaluations to identify all the factors that could be affecting your interest in sex.
Improving your sex drive starts with identifying the cause. We assess all the possible physical and physiological factors that can affect your sex drive.
Mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, along with the medications that treat them, can lower your interest in sex. Some people notice a decline in sexual desire as they grow older, but that doesn’t mean it’s inevitable.
Our team specializes in sex therapy and physical therapy to improve your sexual health. Both men and woman benefit from treatments like sex therapy, but there are also other treatment options targeted at specific causes of low sexual desire that are unique to each gender.
Natural biological processes like pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause can affect your sexual experience as a woman. Many women notice physical changes like vaginal dryness and pain with sex that make it unpleasant, and these factors can contribute to a low sex drive.
Dr. Shoengold and our team offer personalized treatment options for women who want to enjoy sex again. The O-Shot® is a minimally invasive platelet-rich plasma treatment that can improve a range of symptoms, and hormone replacement therapy is another popular treatment for women going through menopause.
About 40% of men over age 45 have low testosterone, and a low sex drive is a common symptom of this hormonal deficiency. If Dr. Shoengold diagnoses you with low testosterone, treating it with hormone replacement therapy could boost your sex drive and address other symptoms, like erectile dysfunction.
You don’t have to live with low sexual desire. Partner with our team at the Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine to get a personalized treatment plan to boost your sex drive and your confidence. Contact us online or call our Millburn, New Jersey office at 973-218-9400 to schedule your appointment.