Decreased Libido


Decreased libido is also known as Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

Many people may think that men who suffer from a low sexual drive are rare but a decreased male libido is actually not that uncommon. Men with a low libido are usually able to obtain an erection but have no desire for sex. Decreased libido is also known as Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder.

Most men who have a decreased libido are reluctant to talk about it. Even the man’s female partner might be too ashamed to talk about the problem because other people might think that there is a problem with her.

It is not easy to define what is considered as a low libido because it is different for every individual. A man, who perceives his libido to be low and is distressed by it, is usually considered to have a low sexual drive. There is a wide variation in what is considered normal for a male’s sexual drive. If the man and the woman in the relationship have compatible sex drives it usually does not lead to conflict. Perhaps in the beginning of the relationship they have compatible libidos, but then problems arise when one partner’s desire dwindles. This is sometimes more of a problem in males because males are stereotyped to have a much higher sex drive than their female counterparts. Every person perceives the importance of sex differently and this perception plays a big role when it comes to the effect that loss of libido has on the relationship. Sexual perceptions may also vary between different cultures.

Statistically, 1 out of 5 men have a decreased libido. In a study done in 2004 in the U.S on 27000 men, 17% reported having a decreased interest in sex in the past year.