Impotence and Low Libido

There are many men who experience  lack of male sex drive for a multitude of reasons.

Erectile Dysfunction

As men get older their chances of experiencing erectile dysfunction greatly increases, and this can have a profound impact on his libido and overall sex life.

  • 1 in 20 men will experience a problem gaining an erection after the age of 40.
  • Males 65 and older will have a 15 to 25 percent chance of losing the ability to gain or sustain an erection.

When a man is sexually aroused, the arteries in the penis dilate to allow an increased blood flow.  This causes the tissue to become enlarged, or erect.

When something in the process does not work, he may no longer be able to maintain an erection. This means that his penis is no longer able to get hard enough to put into a woman’s vagina.

While the problem is often caused by a physical problem, it is also possible that there is an emotional issue that is blocking his erection.  

Lack of Male Sex Drive

Another common problem for men is low libido, and men being men, it is difficult for them to discuss their lack of mojo.

There is not one particular definition for lack of male sex drive as it depends upon the individual and many variables.  Overall, sex drive generally decreases with age for most men.  

Impotence and Low Libido
"Impotence and loss of libido are two very separate things," says Richard Milsten, M.D., a New Jersey-based urologist and coauthor of "The Sexual Male.” "However, men who experience impotence commonly experience a decrease in libido over time.”

When there is no erectile dysfunction but there is a lack of male sex drive, there are numerous factors a doctor might suspect as the cause, and identifying what causes low libido how to boost male sex drive becomes essential.

What Causes Low Libido and Erectile Dysfunction?

  • Chronic or even minor illness
  • An imbalance in the sex glands such as the thyroid or pituitary
  • Depression
  •  Insufficient testosterone
  • Insufficient amounts of the male sex hormone
  • Drugs
  •  Stress can sabotage sex drive
  • Vascular disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Libido suppressing drugs
  • Alcoholism or substance abuse
  • Lack of libido vitamins, in particular zinc
  • Smoking
  • Neurological disorders and other medical conditions that might have caused trauma to the pelvis or spinal cord
  • Peyronie’s disease (build up of scar tissue on the penis)
  • Emotional issues
  • Conditions associated with aging



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