Did you know that at this point in time, Americans are having less sex than ever before? 😳 According to recent research published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, on average, people are having sex nine fewer times each year than they were doing 25 years ago. So, what exactly is going on here?
Well, let’s dive in and take a look! Below are 10 Lifestyle Factors That Can Kill A Man’s Sex Drive:
With wrinkles, balding, and grey hair — once you reach a certain age, it’s sometimes natural to feel less sexy. According research published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, having feelings such as this directly translate into less frequent sex. The results indicate that 72% of people under 60 years old are frequently sexually active, while, for those over 60, that figure drops to 57%.
Taking Antidepressant Drugs
From 2013, about 17% of Americans were recorded to be on antidepressants or other psychiatric drugs. According to a study in Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety, sexual dysfunction is one of the most common side effects of taking antidepressant drugs. So that means around 1 in 5 Americans may have their sex drive lessened as a result of modern medicine.
Excessively Watching Porn
Many people probably think that porn is a stimulant for sexual desire among men; but, as it turns out, it actually has the opposite effect! According to a study published in the Journal of Sex Research, a regular porn habit can cause decreased sexual performance. So it follows that people do not want to engage in something they are not doing well in. Furthermore, if men start having sex less and less often, pornography could become a(n) (un)natural replacement. I
Having Heart Disease
A study in the Journal of Sex Medicine showed that people with coronary heart disease tend to avoid having sex for fear that the physical activity could trigger heart issues. The researchers studied married couples for a period of 2 weeks. For those couples in which neither individual had heart issues, sex occurred with a 20% higher frequency than those who had heart issues.
Experiencing Chronic Pain or Illness
The link between chronic pain and lower sexual desire is an undeniable one. Pain can can prohibit you from engaging in a number of different sex positions; and what’s more according to the Mayo Clinic, chronic pain can bring about bouts of depression — which in and of itself is a major sex drive inhibitor. Not to mention that the sensation of pain alone can diminish any sexual pleasure in any case.
Many people want to lose a few pounds, but if you really needed some added incentive: losing weight can directly lead to more frequent sex! Researchers at Florida International University found that holding a negative self-body image, especially when it concerns weight, can have a weakened effect on sex drive.
Low Levels of Testosterone
I guess that’s kind of a no-brainer. As men get older, their testosterone levels drop — drastically. This is natural, and it’s nothing to be worried about — but the fact is that lower testosterone levels do correlate directly with a reduced sex-drive.
Research from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases reveals that diabetes drastically affects how often people have sex. Among men, diabetes brings about somewhat of a sexual decline around 10 years earlier than natural aging would. Yikes!