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Men’s libido problems are common

Low libido in men is a common problem, with an estimated one in three marriages affected in some way by low sex drive. Despite this fact, the issue is one of the hardest for men to acknowledge and talk about, as faulty stereotypes present men as always ‘raring to go’ sexually.

In a survey of 1,000 women conducted for A Redbook magazine by Weiner-Davis, 60% considered they wanted sex just as much, if not more, than their husbands. The survey concluded that most marriages, where the man suffered from low libido and refused to acknowledge it, ended in divorce.

A loss of libido is just as likely in men as in women, affecting a third to a half of all males. However, while some women are not bothered by a loss of libido, low libido scares men because being sexually active is such a strong part of the male identity. One survey showed only 23% of men with low libido considered themselves happy, while 46% of women with low libido said the same.

Studies by the American Medical Association showed low libido is the most common sexual health problem in men. And it’s the second most common sexual dysfunction after premature ejaculation.

Low libido in men is not erectile dysfunction

The lack of libido in men is not to be confused with erectile dysfunction. Most men with a lack of libido can achieve erections but have lost the desire to have sex. Impotence, or erectile dysfunction, is wanting to have sex but not being able to get an erection. Most men with low libido can usually get an erection, but the two conditions are related because men who experience ED will also develop low libido if the situation remains unresolved.

Sex therapists say it’s increasingly common for them to see couples where the man, rather than the woman, has low sexual desire. Sex therapist Dr. Rosie King says in any relationship there is always one partner with lower and one with higher libido levels. While it is usually assumed the woman will be the ‘low desire’ partner, this is not always the case.

The good news is that whichever partner is affected by libido issues, you can do something about it. Here are some suggestions that may help lift a man’s libido and get a couple’s sex life back on track:

  • Make lifestyle changes, such as reducing stress and getting enough good quality sleep.
  • Give more care and attention to your relationship.
  • Consider health checks to determine if there are any physical contributors to low libido.
  • Consider using men’s herbal libido enhancers like Herbal Ignite. Erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra are not effective as men’s libido enhancers and won’t work if a man’s libido is low. However traditional medicine has long recognised some herbs work as libido enhancers for men, increasing desire and enhancing sexual response.

Men’s low libido can cause relationship problems

A lack of sexual interest – or at the very least a perceived lack – is guaranteed to create relationship tension and sow discord and distrust. This is validated by sexual health experts and sex therapists, who report that low libido is the most common problem brought up in sexual health counselling. Here are some worrying statistics:

  • One in five married couples has a non-sexual marriage (being sexual less than ten times a year).
  • Three in ten non-married couples that have been together for longer than two years have a non-sexual relationship.

If a man is physically capable of sex but does not want it, it’s difficult for his partner to not take it personally and conclude he doesn’t want that form of intimacy with her. No woman likes feeling sexually undesirable, which can drain intimacy and positive feelings from a relationship. Over time, if the problem isn’t dealt with, it can even lead to fears that her partner is having an affair. Long-term low libido problems can send relationship tension and distrust levels soaring.

What causes low libido in men?

The causes of low libido in men are physical and psychological/ emotional.

Physical causes

  • Alcoholism or drug abuse (the most common).
  • Diabetes or other major illness or disease.
  • Obesity (another common cause).
  • Low testosterone levels.
  • Prescribed drugs (especially anti-depressants and the prostate medication Proscar).
  • Thyroid disease and tumours of the pituitary gland.

Psychological/ emotional causes

  • Depression (the most common).
  • Overwork and stress.
  • Financial anxiety or job insecurity.
  • Sexual performance anxiety.
  • Serious relationship problems.
  • Conflicts over sexual identity.

What can you do about low libido in men?

Check hormone levels

Men should have testosterone, DHEA and other androgen levels checked whenever there is a noticeable reduction in sex drive.

Have a health examination

A man’s low libido may be the result of a thyroid condition, diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure or other major illness. Some antidepressants, tranquilisers and anti-hypertensive drugs – as well as illegal drugs like marijuana and cocaine – can also reduce sex drive.

Get testosterone supplementation

Lifting testosterone levels, through pills or patches, can make a big difference in restoring a man’s libido. Alternatively, you can take a herbal formula to support normal testosterone levels, like the proprietary supplement Herbal Ignite, which contains Tribulus Terrestris to improve sexual activity and muscular strength.

Make lifestyle changes

  • Lose weight. Low libido is common in overweight men.
  • Get more exercise. 30 minutes a day will go a long way towards restoring your sex drive.
  • Control stress levels.

Strengthen your relationship

  • Make time for your partner.
  • Enjoy common interests together that aren’t sexual.
  • Talk about what’s important to each other.
  • Be willing to acknowledge anxieties and discuss fears.
  • Allow more space for fun and spontaneity, including men’s visual libido enhancers like sexy lingerie and erotica. Relationship-based libido enhancers for men include having a sexually responsive partner, varied lovemaking, signs of sexual availability and being appreciated and affirmed.

Why Herbal Ignite is a great libido treatment

Herbal Ignite for Men is an over-the-counter dietary supplement taken daily with food to increase libido in men. It has been on the market for 14 years and has helped thousands of men increase libido and last longer in bed. It contains:

  • Tribulus Terrestris, which lifts testosterone levels and improves sexual activity and muscular strength.
  • Horny Goat Weed, which increases desire and sexual performance.
  • Avena Sativa, which reduces stress and increases sexual desire.

Clinically trialled in Europe, Herbal Ignite has been used successfully by thousands of men and women in New Zealand and Australia to boost libido and improve sexual and general health. All-natural Herbal Ignite is taken as a daily tonic, regardless of sexual activity.

Herbal Ignite is a New Zealand company and the herbs are approved under the Therapeutics Goods Act for use in Australia. Herbal Ignite is 100% natural and is free of unpleasant side effects. It is manufactured in New Zealand to the highest standards, with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.

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