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Top 10 Things That Can Reduce Sex Drive

        Health | Sexuality

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Let's Get Physical
If your failed advances have you thinking, "Never mind," maybe it's time for you and your significant other to get in shape together. It could provide just the spark you need.
If your failed advances have you thinking, "Never mind," maybe it's time for you and your significant other to get in shape together. It could provide just the spark you need.
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Aging unquestionably affects sex drive, but it's not the only reason we feel less amorous, physically speaking. There is a litany of body-related issues that can trip us up on our way to the bedroom.

For both men and women, the rule of thumb is that healthier bodies result in healthier sex drives. Generally speaking, men experience a more consistent sex drive. For women, it's perfectly natural for their sexual appetite to fluctuate more often, based on their monthly cycles and other issues.

Diseases -- including diabetes and cancer -- can suppress hormone production, as can hypertension and blunt trauma injuries to a man's testicles. Furthermore, some anti-cancer and anticonvulsant medications can also have adverse side effects that can affect sex drive [source: Krch]. Don't hesitate to mention these to your prescribing doctor.

Remember, too, that sex is a physical activity. Intercourse can tax your heart and, depending on how playful you are, a host of muscle groups (the lower back is particularly susceptible). Plus, if you're physically active -- especially those who continue to play contact sports -- you may be bringing aches and pains to bed that can dull your sex drive.

Did you realize your weight affects your sex drive?


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