Men's Sexual Health: A Guide to Causes and Treatments for Low Libido

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Low Libido? Fight the Fade: How to Boost Your Testosterone and Recharge Your Sex Drive
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Sometimes it happens that men lose their sexual desire for a while. The reasons for this can be psychological factors, stress, and fatigue.

It is also known that the level of libido can change for the worse over time, and this applies not only to men.

Of course, it's normal if one person's interest sometimes does not match their partner's interest.

However, low libido over a long period of time can cause serious concern and sometimes this situation can be an indicator of overall health.

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What Affects Libido in Men

Below is a list of factors, including hormones, that can affect the libido levels in men.

Testosterone or DHT?

The androgenic activity of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is significantly higher than that of testosterone—especially in the genital area and CNS, so it is DHT that has a decisive influence on libido.

It is very important to remember that only free testosterone converts to DHT.

Also, the level of DHT is determined by the amount of 5-alpha-reductase: the more there is, the more free testosterone can convert to DHT.


Increasing dopamine levels in the brain can lead to increased libido. Moreover, scientists suggest that increasing dopamine levels can also lead to spontaneous erections, and see it as a remedy for erectile dysfunction.


If a man's blood has too much progesterone, the level of DHT can drop to almost zero, and you understand how this will affect libido. At the same time, the level of estradiol will rise, which means that the secretion of testosterone will slow down.


Even approaching the upper allowable limit of prolactin can significantly weaken sexual desire and deal a severe blow to erections. However, too low a level of prolactin is no better in this regard.


Cortisol also affects libido—not only in men but also in women. Moreover, men with constantly elevated cortisol levels may also experience erection problems.

Effects of Medications

Primarily finasteride and dutasteride. Ketoconazole, propranolol, and metoprolol can also significantly reduce libido.

Chronic Prostatitis

Chronic inflammation of the prostate gland has many unpleasant consequences. One of the most serious is the impairment of sexual function and the process of sperm production in the testicles.


To summarize: to increase libido, we need to raise the level of free testosterone, as well as try to stimulate the activity of the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase.

At the same time, we should eliminate factors that reduce libido—too high or excessively low levels of prolactin, elevated levels of cortisol and progesterone, certain medications, and chronic inflammation of the prostate gland.

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Disclaimer: The site administration does not promote the use of anabolic steroids or any other pharmaceuticals. The information is provided for informational purposes only, is not a guide to action and does not replace medical advice.

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Alexei · 2 years ago
    How can I naturally increase the conversion of testosterone to DHT? My testosterone levels are fine, but I have issues with DHT. Genetically, I should be hairy (my dad had a beard at 17), but at 20, I don't even have peach fuzz.
  • This commment is unpublished.
    Lex · 2 years ago
    мастер, а как подстегнуть работу 5-альфа-редуктазы?
    • This commment is unpublished.
      Yuri Bombela · 2 years ago
      принимать Трибулус
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        GENOVESE · 2 years ago
        все таки трибулус это рабочая добавка??? Много исследований которые говорят о том что это плацебо, или он не влияет на выработку тестостерона
        • This commment is unpublished.
          Yuri Bombela · 2 years ago
          Трибулус, в большинстве случаев, не повышает уровень тестостерона. А вот уровень ДГТ повышает и либидо заодно
        • This commment is unpublished.
          Виталий · 2 years ago
          и можно принимать экстракт эврикомы
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    Uncle Lesha · 2 years ago
    Юрий Леонидович, все-таки в каких границах нужно держать продактин? И есть ли какие-то методы точного выявления уровня кортизола?
    • This commment is unpublished.
      Yuri Bombela · 2 years ago
      пролактин нужно держать чуть ниже середины нормы. Если в цифрах, то 100-180 Ме/мл. Но все индивидуально… Кортизол более точно определятся по анализу суточной мочи..
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    Victoria · 2 years ago
    Недавно проходила обучение у энлокринолога Ларисы Чумак, где она говорит что прогестерон предшественник кортизола и тестостерона у женщин. У мужчин по-другому?
    • This commment is unpublished.
      Yuri Bombela · 2 years ago
      высокий прогестерон может стать причиной повышения кортизола и у мужчин. И прогестерон участвует в производстве тестостерона у мужчин в том числе
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