Libido is a term that describes sex drive or interest in sexual activity. There is no single standard to assess what a healthy libido is. It varies from one person to another and from one life stage to another. For example, libido typically declines with progressing age so older people may not have the same libido they used to have when they were younger. Libido is regulated by different biological and psychological factors. Physiological factors such as neurotransmitters and hormones play a role in regulating libido. Libido is also affected by psychological stress and mental health problems. Both mind and body are important for a healthy libido and sex life.
What Is Low Libido?
When one’s libido decreases and causes significant distress, it can be a cause for concern. Low libido can refer to a decrease in the frequency or intensity of sexual desire. It is a common condition affecting 20% of men but it is much more prevalent in women. It can be temporary but it can also be a long-term sexual health problem. Low libido can impact one’s mental health and lead to relationship issues.