- Heart disease: Sex drive changes, especially in conjunction with erectile dysfunction (ED), could be a red flag for serious medical conditions, such as a heart problem.
- Depression: Aging can change your body's levels of serotonin, which helps regulate mood.
- Prescription drugs: Take a close look at the contents of your medicine cabinet. Are you taking anything that cites sex drive problems as a side effect?
- Hormonal changes: Low libido may be a result of menopause if you're female, or in older men it may stem from hormonal changes that are sometimes called "andropause." In these cases, libido may respond to medical treatment if you choose to pursue that route.
- Erectile dysfunction: It's common in older men and experts say it can cause a lowered libido in both partners.
Whatever your age, treatments for sex drive problems are the sameranging from talk therapy to medicationsexcept for the extra option of hormone replacement. "Solutions range from taking hormone therapy and herbal remedies to keeping yourself sexually stimulated and interested through masturbation," says Davidson.