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How do other illnesses affect sex drive?

Other illnesses may affect your sex drive directly or indirectly. Obviously, medical problems that affect your genitals may cause you to enjoy or desire sex less. But non-sexual illnesses can also decrease your sex drive. Serious or chronic illnesses such as cancer, arthritis, and diabetes may lower your sex drive. Illnesses or other conditions that affect hormone levels may make sex painful or can otherwise lower your sexual desires. Any illnesses that make you tired or cause you to feel stressed or anxious may harm your libido. Also, medications for certain illnesses may lower your sex drive. Talk to your doctor if you're concerned that a medical condition is affecting your sex drive.

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