Sexual drive can stay high late in life, but often your energy for sex can diminish. There is always this misconception that men are voracious sex machines. Sex drive is also often attributed to masculinity and it is a source of “pride” for some men out there.
But putting all that aside, there is a lot of important information regarding the male sex drive that is worth discussing. In this post, we’ll demystify this subject by looking broadly at male libido and what it means, including some myths and perceptions about it.
Loss of Libido
So, let’s begin with a discussion of probably one of the most important points when it comes to the male sex drive, and that's the loss of libido. Loss of libido simply refers to reduced sex drive. It’s a very common problem that affects almost all men at a certain point in their lives.
Loss in sex drive is normally caused by psychological issues like depression, stress, and anxiety. Men will also experience loss of sex drive if they are having difficulty in their relationships or if they have gone through a traumatic event in their lives.
However, loss of sex drive could also be an indication of an underlying medical problem including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and others. The most important thing to keep in mind here is that loss of libido is normal and it’s not something to be embarrassed about. You are always encouraged to talk to a sexual health expert to resolve the issue.
Testosterone, Sex Drive and the Brain
Testosterone is the most important hormone when it comes to male sex drive and male sexual function. Testosterone is often referred to as the male hormone simply because of the role it plays in a man’s body. For example, this hormone is responsible for the development of male sexual organs.
Testosterone is also known to trigger male sexual thoughts that often lead to erections, sex, and orgasm. To put it literally, testosterone is the fuel that runs your libido. If you have lots of it, then you are more likely to have healthy and satisfying sexual experiences. That is of course if there are no other underlying medical issues.
However, men lose testosterone as they age. Reduced levels of this important male hormone can adversely affect libido. It may also lead to additional sexual health issues including erectile dysfunction and delayed ejaculation.
The male sex drive is also significantly influenced by the brain. As we have noted above, psychological issues are the biggest causes of low sex drive. The brain is extremely vital in promoting sexual stimulation in men and it is considered the most important organ in male sexual health. It’s the reason why a man can achieve orgasm by just thinking about a sexual experience without having any intercourse.
Perceptions of Male Sex Drive
A lot of the points we’ve discussed above are based on scientific fact. However, there are still so many unfounded myths and perceptions about the male sex drive that warrant our attention. First, there is this belief that men are always thinking about sex.
Well, this is not true. Yes, men will think about sex more often than women, but they don’t do it all day. However, the frequency of male sexual thought significantly depends on age. Younger males are more likely to think about sex more than older ones.
Secondly, it is believed that men are easily aroused. To some extent this is true. Perfectly healthy males without any psychological and underlying health problems tend to be very responsive to sexual arousal. Finally, it is also assumed that most men are open to casual sex encounters.
Sexual experiences where there is an emotional connection tend to be more meaningful. But yes, indeed, men are typically more willing to engage in casual sex than women.
The male sex drive is an integral part of male sexual health. There is so much information out there about male libido but it is always important to weed out the facts from the myths. We hope that this post has helped you get a better understanding of male sex drive and overall sexual health.