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Has Covid-19 destroyed your libido?


Lockdown was a very good time to get close with your partner and spend some quality time together, but that’s not the case with everyone. Let’s be real, 2020 has been a stressful year. The uncertainty brought about by the pandemic, and the fact that no one really knows when this might end, has resulted in widespread panic and stress.

Between caring for your family members, home sheltering, social-distancing, work from home and trying not to catch COVID-19 to top it off, sex might be the last thing on your mind.

Loss of libido (sex drive) is a common problem that can affect men and women of any age. It is normal for many people to lose their sex drive after a certain age especially women.

Intimacy is not possible when people are around
Intimacy is often a natural result of two separate individuals who desire “a closeness, merging or fusion of themselves, but for those who share their home with partners, family members or kids; it is a bit not possible for them to have intimacy at this time.

Stress is another reason for lack of libido
The pandemic and related concerns about health, income, work, children and the uncertainty of it all can leave us feeling overtaxed and under-resourced.

Women experience more loss of libido than men
Women on the other hand suffer the most times the low sex drive. There are N number of reasons for loss of libido among females. “During pregnancy and lactation, it is not only the hormonal changes that can cause lack of libido. It is goaded by tiredness, low self-esteem due to weight gain and compounded by psychological factors too. Many a time after pregnancy women feels PPD i.e postpartum depression due to tiredness and usually resolves itself in a few months”

What are the other causes of loss of libido?

1. Physical issues: 
Physical issues such as low testosterone as they are responsible for building muscles and bone mass and stimulating sperm production. Decreasing testosterone is a normal part of ageing. However, a drastic drop in testosterone can lead to decreased libido

2. Medications: 
Certain medications can sometimes reduce libido in men: like medication for high blood pressure medications may prevent ejaculation and erections or any other allergy to certain drugs medication for hyperprolactinaemia, a rare disorder in which the gland at the base of the brain is producing too many hormones; anti-androgenic drugs such as cimetidine, finasteride and cyproterone, which block the effects or reduce the production of testosterone.

3. Psychological issues:
Psychological issues include depression, stress, and problems in your relationship. It’s a serious illness where you may have feelings of extreme sadness that can last for a long time. These feelings are severe enough to interfere with your daily life, including your sex life

4. Illness: 
There are many other aspects as well which include the hormonal change in the body, diabetes, injury in the back after the delivery, chronic illness like cancer, can reduce your sperm production counts since your body focuses on getting through the day.

These factors are responsible for the loss of libido in women and men. Diminishing levels of sex hormones or age-related health problems are a cause.

“Unfortunately there is no simple pill that women or men can just have to forget about their problems and get back to their normal sex life. The treatment, therefore, depends on identifying the problem and treating that first. If the patient suffers any medical disorder such as diabetes or blood pressure it should be treated first. If the cause is medication, it would need to be changed,” said Dr. Shweta Goswami, Gynaecologist and IVF Specialist from Cloudnine and Jaypee Hospital, Noida. Source: IANS


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