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loss of sex drive normal as a man gets older

It's natural for men to notice a gradual decrease in sex drive (libido) as they age. The degree of this decline varies, but most men maintain at least some amount of sexual interest well into their 60s and 70s.

Sometimes, however, loss of sex drive is related to an underlying condition. Depression and stress often contribute to loss of sex drive in men.

 

Sometimes the culprit is a decrease in male sex hormones due to an endocrine disorder. In other cases, loss of sex drive may be a medication side effect.

If you're concerned about loss of sex drive — especially if the loss happened abruptly — consult your doctor. He or she will likely take a detailed history, do a physical exam and request lab tests to help determine what's causing the loss of sex drive.

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