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Top 10 Things That Can Reduce Sex Drive

        Health | Sexuality

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Feeling blue? Depression could be the reason your libido isn't what it used to be.
Feeling blue? Depression could be the reason your libido isn't what it used to be.
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One of the telltale signs of depression is losing interest in things that once provided pleasure. If you no longer entertain thoughts of enjoying sex, despite having had a fulfilling sex life, that's a warning sign of depression. Don't delay in seeking professional help.

Once relegated to the dark corners of health care, depression today is recognized as a leading cause of emotional, psychological and physical illness. Like fatigue and stress, it can lead to overall poor health and poor lifestyle choices (such as alcohol and drug dependency). And none of these is conducive to a healthy sex drive.

The causes of depression can be incredibly multifaceted and difficult to identify. It's also a far-reaching affliction, potentially affecting your ability to have and enjoy sexual relationships. Depression can be rooted in traumatic events, including childhood or earlier adult life (such as sexual abuse or job loss), pregnancy (postpartum depression) or serious physical ailment (such as a heart attack). All are legitimate reasons to see your doctor.

Adding to the complexity of treating depression is that many antidepressant medications will also curtail sex drive. Be sure to take note of any fluctuation in your libido and mention it to your doctor. Don't be embarrassed.

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