Integrative Medicine Specialists located in Templeton, CA
When your desire for sex isn’t where it used to be, Carmelo Plateroti, DO, FAOCD, FAAD, can help. At the Plateroti Center in Templeton, California, Dr. Plateroti offers accurate diagnostic testing to get to the root cause of your decreased libido, including in-office hormone level testing. He also provides comprehensive hormone replacement therapies to rebalance your body and help you increase your sexual longevity and satisfaction. Learn more about the causes of decreased libido by calling the office now or booking an appointment online.
Decreased Libido Q & A
What causes decreased libido?
There are many factors that can influence your sexual interest and performance, especially as you get older. When your body slows the production of sex hormones as part of the natural aging process, you can experience a wide variety of physical and emotional side effects, including a decreased libido.
For women, a decrease in hormones is common during menopause, the time when periods stop for good and hormone levels fluctuate wildly before a decline occurs. In men, this phase of life is known as andropause, the male equivalent to menopause.
Other causes of decreased sexual interest and function include:
- Use of certain drugs
Underlying medical problems may also be at fault for a low sex drive.
How is a decreased libido diagnosed?
During your evaluation, Dr. Plateroti reviews your medical history, current health, and lifestyle habits to determine what may be causing your issues.
To confirm hormone-related loss of libido, Dr. Plateroti performs on-site blood work to further analyze your levels of hormones, particularly estrogen in women and testosterone in men.
Additional testing may be necessary to rule out underlying health conditions that may be interfering with hormone production, such as thyroid dysfunction.
What treatments are available for decreased libido?
If changes in your desire for sex relate to underlying health conditions, Dr. Plateroti can recommend additional treatment with a specialist.
If you struggle to maintain optimum hormone levels, he may start you on a hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Plateroti offers this type of therapy to replenish your hormone levels using bioidentical hormones.
Bioidentical hormones are structurally similar to what’s already in your body, produced from plant materials. They are highly effective at rebalancing your hormone levels without causing serious side effects.
In addition to addressing a decreased libido, bioidentical hormones can also improve other areas of your life, treating age-related hormone issues, such as:
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
Dr. Plateroti may also use dietary supplements to improve your overall health in conjunction with hormone replacement.
Through routine blood checks and symptom evaluation, Dr. Plateroti can ensure treatment is working effectively and alleviating the severity of your symptoms. While there is no cure for menopause or andropause, he can use the optimum dosage of bioidentical hormones to help you achieve a better quality of life.
Schedule an evaluation today online or by phone and find out if treating a decreased libido with bioidentical hormones is right for you.