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Does working out temporarily reduce libido?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 15, 2012 at 10:11 PM

I have taken the last 2 days off from my normal heavy lifting schedule, and have noticed my libido is noticeably higher than normal (that is saying a lot coming from an 18 year old guy). Occasionally, I'll take a whole week off and also notice a huge rise in libido.

It makes sense if you look at the situation from neolithic times. Men hunting would be more focused on killing the prey than their honey back in the cave.

Any theories or science behind this? What hormones could be at play to cause this change? Would love to hear all your answers :)

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on May 28, 2013
at 06:42 AM

^deserves a downvote, sorry to troll but common

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on March 06, 2012
at 04:03 AM

Its easy to fall into it when you enjoy working out. I freaking get an itch when I take my detraining weeks. Enjoy the greater gains!

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on March 06, 2012
at 03:54 AM

I recently took 2 weeks off and lowered the volume of my workout to doing only doing big lifts once a week (squat, deadlift, row, bench, ect.). My libido and hunger levels have shot way up! I must have been overtraining.

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on February 16, 2012
at 01:26 PM

When done properly it's permanent: you figure out that exercise really is better than sex.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 15, 2012
at 10:34 PM

Overtraining increases the stress hormone cortisol, which suppresses testosterone.

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on February 16, 2012
at 12:13 AM

Levels of prolactin hormone can rise after exercise. Prolactin reduces dopamine which reduces libido. This is exemplified by the fact the body (in males) release prolactin after orgasm which results in the expected and natural effect of a guy rolling over and going to sleep. Just remember that for next time.

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on February 15, 2012
at 11:25 PM

Yea sounds like you might be over-training/over-stress resulting in low libido?

I'm complete opposite, once I get my energy back after a good lifting session its up big time for me.

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on March 06, 2012
at 02:54 AM

I enjoy the opposite effect, Working out really works me UP.

And what a fine way feel very-alive!

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E1c41fc9d29cec2c3066e000c9562d92

on March 05, 2012
at 09:47 PM

I agree with the others that you may be overtrained. I would look into taking a week or more off from doing any exercise, and listening to your body. You already mentioned that a week off does you considerably well and chronic overtraining can take a long time to come back from, depending on nutrition. And no you won't lose your muscle, and you'll actually make more gains when you start back up.

When is the last time you took some time off from exercise? And how long have you been working out consistently?

Read this blog post about detraining and the greater strength gains you can get from it:

http://suppversity.blogspot.com/2012/01/training-detraining-retraining-build.html

8eade6b270dc874843f74fa599fa8754

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on March 06, 2012
at 03:54 AM

I recently took 2 weeks off and lowered the volume of my workout to doing only doing big lifts once a week (squat, deadlift, row, bench, ect.). My libido and hunger levels have shot way up! I must have been overtraining.

E1c41fc9d29cec2c3066e000c9562d92

(730)

on March 06, 2012
at 04:03 AM

Its easy to fall into it when you enjoy working out. I freaking get an itch when I take my detraining weeks. Enjoy the greater gains!

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6f45ea59b536e1b4de93226124c9aadf

on May 28, 2013
at 06:40 AM

Working out should improve sex drive due to increased testosterone, not the opposite. Read detailed information about causes of low libido & how to cure it?

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