Harvard Men's Health Watch

Low libido woes

Q. I'm 64, and I don't have any major health problems, but my sex drive just isn't what it used to be. Should I go to a doctor?

A. Decreased sex drive, or low libido, is a common concern in men over age 50. There are many possible reasons for lower libido, including medical problems such as hormone deficiencies, side effects of medications, and psychological issues, such as anxiety and depression. If you are experiencing decreased libido, don't reach for an herbal supplement or vitamin; talk with your doctor about the possible causes and solutions.

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