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‘Low iron levels are thought to reduce the quality of blood flow and so sap energy,’ she explains.

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The researchers suggested they might affect part of the nervous system connected with sexual arousal and orgasm.

An estimated one in four British women doesn’t get enough iron from their diet, and iron deficiency is known to leave your libido lagging, says Dr Radha Modgil, a GP in West London with a special interest in sexual health.

Too much sugar also makes you fat, raising the level of oestrogen in the body, in turn reducing testosterone levels in men, says gynaecologist Peter Bowen-Simpkins, medical advisor to the charity Wellbeing of Women: ‘If you’re obese, you feel less attractive.

You also have reduced blood flow to the sex organs.’ Although commonly thought of as a male sex hormone, women also need testosterone to have a libido.

Dr Michael Irwig, assistant professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, discovered that 94 per cent of men taking finasteride developed low sexual desire, 92 per cent suffered from erectile dysfunction and 69 per cent experienced difficulty with orgasm.

We all know that too much alcohol can cause ‘brewer’s droop’ in men, and a loss of sensation for both parties.

Over-the-counter cold and flu remedies are well-known libido dampeners, says Dr John Tomlinson, a GP specialist in men’s sexual health and trustee of the Sexual Advice Association.

Those that contain diphenhydramine or pseudoephedrine not only affect your sex drive but can cause erectile dysfunction, he says.

As many as two million British men — and almost twice as many women — are said to suffer from low libido.

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