Low libido is becoming a huge concern in India. A recent study by Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi has revealed that every third person above 40 years in India suffers from lack of libido due to testosterone deficiency syndrome. The study, conducted on 745 patients showed that in most cases the patients reported lack of energy, poor erection and loss of libido (decrease in the sexual drive). Dr Sudhir Chadha, the author of the study, said there is a significant correlation between testosterone deficiency syndrome, Vitamin D deficiency, diabetes and coronary heart disease.
What could be the reason behind low libido?

Obesity: There could be hormonal imbalance due to obesity as the excess fat can increase the number of sex hormone binding globulins that inhibit the proper functioning of testosterone. Sexologists say that body image issues can also make it difficult for obese people to have sexual intercourse. Obesity can also be a leading cause of other problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases. This can also have a detrimental effect on your sexual drive. Exercising and following a healthy diet can prevent obesity and help up your libido.

Diabetes and heart diseases: These can create an obstruction in the functioning of your sexual organs. It is not uncommon to find problems like premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, low libido, less sperm motility, infertility etc.

Certain medication: Some medicines like oral contraceptive pills, anti-depressants and antihypertensive drugs are known to interfere with sexual health. In case you are on any medication and have observed a dip in your libido, consult with your doctor.

Tobacco and alcohol: Both of these can hamper the production of the sex hormone testosterone and can massively damage your sexual drive. It’s best to completely do away with both of these habits.

Stress: Any kind of stress hampers your health. Your sexual drive can also fall prey to stress, tension and anxiety. That’s why you may suffer from low libido a night before a crucial office meeting or any other stressful event and responsibilities.

Ageing: Both men and women experience a natural decline in sexual drive once they are above a certain age. This could be accelerated due to other factors like smoking, unhealthy diet and even reasons like menopause and andropause.