When you think of a condition that affects 1 in 5 men but is rarely talked about in public, what would you say?

Low sex drive is a stressful and embarrassing condition for men across the UK. In many cases its affects extend far beyond the bedroom to impact on a man’s everyday life by lowering self-esteem and increasing anxiety.

Perhaps the reason that so many men suffer from lowered sex drive is that there are simply a whole range of factors that can contribute to a man’s libido. Here are the most common factors that can affect mans sex drive, from the psychological issues of stress and depression to the physical issues that particular medications cause, obesity and even restless leg syndrome.

  1. Stress

Stress is a factor that has many medical implications, one of which is sex drive. Sometimes pressure is motivating, however it can quickly turn to stress if it becomes excessive. If you feel overly stressed and feel like it is having a major impact on your happiness and even your sex drive then it may be time for some lifestyle changes.

Stress can impact on energy levels and blood pressure, which may in turn account for a lowered sex drive. Under these circumstances it is important to consult a doctor or pharmacist to diagnose the problem and identify solutions. Simply suffering in silence will only make the problem worse, whereas treating the condition can see significant improvements.

  1. Depression

Depression is a serious mental illness that causes extreme unhappiness for prolonged periods of time. When such feelings are severe enough they can have detrimental impact on daily life, this includes losing the pleasure one normally takes in things. It also has an impact on your sex life.

Depression may be controlled with antidepressant medication, however, it is not uncommon for these drugs to have side effects, including lowered sex drives. If this is the case there is often flexibility in the prescription of antidepressants, and you may be able to switch around medications.

  1. Medication

On a more general level there are a number of medications that can lower a man’s sex drive. While these may often be minor, there are some prescription medications that can have a more dramatic impact on libido. These side affects do not happen to everyone and sometimes they are minor and sometimes one might feel they are major. That being said there are some side affects more common than others and that is the reduce libido. Medication that has a reduced libido side affects range from medication for high blood pressure, antidepressants and even medication to control seizures.

  1. Obesity

Obesity is a growing problem in the UK and one that is estimated to affect 1 in every 4 adults. Being overweight and having excessive body fat will have a number of huge implications on your health. Obesity can affect the quality of your life that can lead to psychological issues, depress and low self-esteem. These issues and obesity alone can impact ones sex drive. One way to fight obesity is to eat healthily and exercise regularly.

  1. Restless Leg Syndrome

The final common factor is sometimes not so well understood. It affects nearly 15% of the general population both adults and children. There are a number of effective treatments available but can often remain undiagnosed. Additionally while it is not clear of the relationship many of those suffering with RLS complain of reduced libido.

If you find that you might suffer from any one of these factors, and you are finding that your sex drive is reduced, then it is important to consult a trained medical professional who can offer advice and support to help treat the problem. Simply bearing the burden of an issue such as reduced sex drive is never the answer.