What Is A High Libido?
A high libido is a state of sexual desire which is often accompanied with physical arousal and strong emotions such as excitement, happiness, joy, pleasure and other positive feelings. These are all symptoms of a healthy sexuality.
High libido is not necessarily associated with any sort of mental illness or psychological disorder. However it does have some negative effects on one’s life. Some of these include:
Depression and anxiety
Irritability and aggressiveness
Anxiety attacks (especially during periods of stress)
Lack of concentration and inability to concentrate on tasks requiring attention or concentration when under emotional stress.
Increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
Decreased ability to perform well at work due to poor performance.
If you suffer from any of these problems, then your libido may be affected. If you feel depressed or anxious, then it could be because of low mood caused by low libido. Low libido is usually temporary and will go away after a while. There are many things that can cause low libido but there are several factors that affect it most significantly:
Your age. Older people tend to have lower levels of testosterone than younger people do. This is one of the main reasons why older people tend to have lower libido.
Physical or mental health issues. Conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, and anxiety can all affect your libido.
Emotional or psychological problems such as stress or depression can also play a role.
Alcohol and drug abuse. These can both lead to low testosterone levels, which will in turn affect your libido.
Relationship issues at home or work can also affect your ability to get in the mood.
How Is High Libido Different From Low Libido?
A high libido is different from low libido in the sense that you have a strong urge or desire to have sexual activity on a regular basis. While this urge can be ignored if one chooses, it’s still there regardless.
A low libido is when you have a lower urge to have sexual activity. It can still be present but it’s not as strong as it could or should be. A low libido can be caused by any number of things, including relationship issues, depression and anxiety, physical or mental health problems or side effects from medication. It’s also been linked to hormonal changes in women.
What Are The Common Symptoms Of High or Low Libido?
A high libido can lead to very obvious signs. For example, you may feel the urge to masturbate frequently and have sexual thoughts on your mind frequently. You may also feel the need to engage in sexual activity with a partner on a regular basis.
The physical symptoms of a high libido are also quite self-explanatory. You may experience a lot of physical signs that are similar to that of sexual arousal, such as increased heart rate, faster breathing, and increased blood flow to the genitals.
The most common symptom of a low libido is a lack of interest in having sexual activity with a partner or by yourself. This may seem obvious, but it can be slightly clouded by other factors such as relationship issues or depression.
The main issue with a low libido is that over time, it can lead to a lack of intimacy in a relationship and can cause emotional stress. It may also lead to the lowering of your self-esteem as a result of these issues.
How Is High or Low Libido Diagnosed?
If you think that you suffer from either of these conditions, then it’s best to talk to your doctor about them. They will ask you a series of questions relating to your medical history and they will also carry out a physical examination to look for signs of hormonal problems or other issues that could be affecting your libido.
This is usually enough to give them an idea of what’s going on, but if they feel that additional tests are required then they will advise you accordingly.
How Is High Or Low Libido Treated?
The treatment for both high and low libido is mainly dependent on what is causing the issue. If physical or psychological issues are to blame, then these will be treated. If the problem is hormonal, then this will be treated as well.
If you have an overactive libido, then doctors may recommend that you avoid exposing yourself to materials (such as pornographic material) that could be causing your high level of interest. They may also recommend that you masturbate less frequently.
For low libido, doctors may recommend that you engage in more sexual activity as this can sometimes ‘kick start’ your desire. It’s worth noting however that there are various medical conditions which can cause a loss of interest in having sexual contact with a partner and in these cases, medication or therapy may be recommended.
What Is The Long-Term Outlook?
The long-term outlook really depends on what the underlying cause of the high or low libido is. Assuming this has been diagnosed and treated, there should be no long-lasting issues. In fact, after treatment the libido levels should return to normal.
As you might expect, when treating psychological issues, it’s very important that the correct diagnosis is made and that any underlying causes are identified and treated. This is often overlooked and can lead to ongoing issues.
It’s also worth pointing out that a change in sexual desire can be brought on by many different things and these can include: relationship problems, problems at work or school, physical pain (such as that caused by arthritis), hormonal changes and many more.
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that there is a lot more to our lives than just our sexual desires, but when these are absent or reduced it can make us feel less than complete. Hopefully with the right diagnosis and treatment, this problem can be addressed and eliminated so that you can get back to living your life to the fullest.
Always remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question, so don’t hesitate to ask your doctor.
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