My sex drive does not seem to be as strong as it used to be. I'm a 47 year old man. Is there anything I can do naturally about this? If not, would hormones (testosterone) be the solution?
Dr. Elizabeth Ziemann is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency program. She has recently joined the Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation-Cesar Chavez Primary Care Clinic in San Francisco. Her areas of interest include women and children’s health, chronic disease management, preventive care, office procedures, and inpatient medicine. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys playing the cello, gardening, cooking, and traveling.
Testosterone deficiency is one cause of decreased sex drive (libido) but there are many others as well. In order to diagnose testosterone deficiency you will need to have a blood test to check your testosterone level. You should also have an appointment with your primary care physician to discuss your symptoms and to have a physical exam.
Other potential causes of decreased libido in men include depression, prescription medications, and interpersonal conflict (relationship issues with a partner). Once a potential cause (or causes) are identified, you and your physician can develop a treatment plan. This may include referral to a specialist, prescription medication, counseling, or natural remedies.