1. Primary care physicians
Your first stop with any sexual health concern should be your general practitioner, says Irwin Goldstein, MD, director of San Diego Sexual Medicine and editor in chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine. In addition to the basics, such as listening to your heart and checking your blood pressure, your doctor should be on the lookout for other conditions.
Your primary care doctor should do the following.
- Review your medications to see if you are taking a drug that could affect your sex drive.
- Screen you for diabetes and for depressionboth can cause libido problems.
- Review your overall health and your health history.
- Determine whether you have pain associated with other health conditions, even arthritis, as this can lower your desire for sex.
- Test your blood for anemia, high cholesterol, hormonal imbalances (including thyroid, testosterone, or estrogen shortages), and other underlying conditions that could be affecting your sexual health.
- Ask you lifestyle questionssleep deprivation can have a profound effect on sex drive, as can alcohol or recreational drugs.
- Ask about your relationships and sex life.