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Low libido is not a disease

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Human sexuality is often taken for granted: the desire for sexual contact is placed above other natural needs, and this is forever fixed in popular culture.

There are hundreds of thousands of people who are simply not interested in sex, or at least not in the frequency that is socially acceptable. Many of them are called asexuals, and although such sexuality is completely natural, the uninitiated often mistake it for a painful condition.

This is a misconception about the complexity of the human psyche. Libido and sexual desire do not have a fixed strength and can vary widely even in individuals. The increase or decrease in sexual desire depends on many factors: the duration of the relationship, non-sexual intimacy with a partner, attractiveness, self-esteem, trust, personal and environmental stressors, medication, and others.

The key factors of libido are neurochemical and metabolic responses to levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. The presence and strength of these mental factors strongly affect human behavior and can reduce and suppress many functions: eating, movement, mental activity, the desire for social contact, and sexual behavior. As these factors change, so does the strength of the libido.

If the sex drive is too low and this leads to anxiety, a specialist examination is recommended. Sometimes it can be a symptom of hormonal imbalance, cardiovascular and other diseases, but most often it is the result of stress and anxiety. If there are no health problems, but there is a desire to increase libido, there are several ways to do this.

Pharmacological solutions are not recommended because they often have side effects. Medications to achieve arousal and maintain an erection are available even without a doctor’s prescription, but they are dangerous for the cardiovascular system and can only be used in men. For women with low libido, treatment methods are approved, including taking hormonal supplements (containing estrogen) or taking antidepressants.

Certain foods and drinks can naturally increase sexual desire. They are called aphrodisiacs, and when they are digested, substances are released that stimulate the production of certain compounds, such as testosterone, which affects both male and female libido. The most popular aphrodisiac is ginseng, but soy products such as tofu and soy milk, green tea, saffron, sweet potatoes, red cabbage, ginger, oysters, and a moderate amount of wine also have a proven effect.

Sometimes libido and sexuality just need to be “left alone”, they follow the individual biological rhythm of each person and should not be standardized. Taking care of personal health — physical, emotional, and mental — should become a more important priority.

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