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Low libido in men: the what, the why and some helpful advice

Written by Endeavour College of Natural Health | Wednesday, 14 June 2023

mens health tips and advice

The desire for sex varies dramatically from person to person and can be influenced by a huge range of physical, psychological, and social factors. As part of Men’s Health Week, we delve deeper into the world of men’s libido and get some advice from naturopaths and nutritionists here at Endeavour College.

Firstly, let’s start with a not-so-fun fact. Did you know that low libido in men is on the rise? But it’s not all doom and gloom in bedrooms across Australia – the good news is there are plenty of natural ways to get your mojo back (there’s more on that later).

Causes of low libido

Low libido can be a challenging experience for those going through it and, at times, for their partners as well – particularly when there is a lack of education and understanding around it. Firstly, here are some of the common reasons why you (or your partner) may be experiencing low libido:

Psychological factors:

  1. Stress: this could be related to work, family, or other factors
  2. Mental health conditions: depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions
  3. Relationship problems: difficulties in a relationship, such as a lack of emotional intimacy or unresolved conflicts

Social factors:

  1. Cultural attitudes: cultural and religious beliefs about sexuality
  2. Social norms: peer pressure or societal expectations about sexuality and sexual behaviour

Physical factors:

  1. Hormonal changes: fluctuations in hormones
  2. Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and chronic pain
  3. Medications: Some medications, such as antidepressants and blood pressure medications, can have a side effect of reducing sexual desire

What can be done about low libido?

Here's what naturopaths and nutritionists at Endeavour College had to say:

  • Check your zinc levels: zinc is required for sperm production and more importantly testosterone synthesis. With inadequate zinc, the body is unable to synthesise testosterone, resulting in low libido.
  • Consume zinc-rich foods: eating zinc rich-foods or supplementation of zinc may help improve libido in men. Zinc-rich foods include oysters, lamb, pumpkin seeds/pepitas, cocoa powder, cashews, chickpeas, and mushrooms.
  • Optimise testosterone levels: testosterone is the primary sex hormone in males. It’s responsible for competitiveness, energy, and drive, as well as increased libido, muscle mass, and body hair. Naturopathy graduate, Aphrodite Bogias tells us exactly how men can optimise testosterone levels here.
  • Cut back on the alcohol: a recent study by Western Sydney University found that 26% of Australian men consume alcohol at limits that exceed the lifetime risk guidelines. Excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to low libido.
  • Try maca powder: the Peruvian superfood maca has an aphrodisiac-like action and can modulate hormones. Simply adding one teaspoon of maca to breakfast supports libido.
  • See a natural health practitioner for herbal and supplemental support: herbs such as ashwagandha (withania), tribulus, shilajit and fenugreek can support testosterone levels and increase libido in men.

It is always advised to speak with a qualified Nutritionist or Naturopath before any supplements are taken or major diet changes are implemented. Interested in learning more about how to increase libido? Book an appointment at Endeavour Wellness Clinic!

Endeavour College of Natural Health

Endeavour College of Natural Health is Australia's largest Higher Education provider of natural medicine courses.

The College is known as the centre of excellence for natural medicine and is respected for its internationally recognised academic teams and high calibre graduates. Endeavour offers higher education Diplomas in Health Science and Bachelor of Health Science degrees in Naturopathy, Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine, Acupuncture Therapies and Chinese Medicine.

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