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Can testosterone improve sexual health?

Many factors fuel the sexual health of men as well as their sexual performance, ability to perform and changes in their ability to function as they once could. Low testosterone plays a significant factor in all of these and treating Low T can improve interest in sex, sexual function and sexual performance.sexual  health

The Effects of Low T on Sexual Health

While we do understand that testosterone production comes from a healthy HPA Axis, or  communication between your Hypothalamus, Pituitary Glands, Adrenals and Testicles, science still does not understand exactly how testosterone improves sexual health or performance. As you probably noticed in High School, College or amongst your friends, there is no normal level of sexual interest amongst men or women.

Like your testosterone levels, it peaks around 19 and usually slowly declines for the rest of your life. Each person takes a diff­erent path, however, and declining sexual interest is typically tied to declining testosterone levels. These levels can follow a steady decline, or can be accelerated by health issues, stress, poor sleep and even by keeping sexually active. Many men can lose sexual interest at normal testosterone levels or maintain sexual health even at low testosterone levels but as testosterone levels get depleted it will universally eff­ect sexual interest and performance.

One study of Men in the NE of the US showed 11% of men had a lack of sex drive. The researchers also found 28% of men with low testosterone levels had a low libido which means that men with low testosterone levels were 256% more likely to have low sex drive or low libido. The average age of the study participants was 47.

 

Low Testosterone and Erectile Dysfunction

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Erectile Dysfunction, or ED, can be caused by many health problems including low testosterone, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Those last three items all cause hardening of the arteries. If they are damaged, the penis has difficulty dilating and bringing sufficient blood flow required for an erection. Testosterone therapy can lead to increased libido and interaction and connection between the brain and penis.

Viagra is an example of an oral PDE5 inhibitors that encourage an increase in nitric oxide which dilates the blood vessels and encourages more blood flow to the penis. Three potent selective PDE5 inhibitors (sildenafil (Viagra; Pfizer), tadalafil (Cialis; Lilly), and vardenafil (Levitra; Bayer)) are currently available. Testosterone therapy will often increase the libido and sexual function to erase Erectile Dysfunction, but often our physicians will prescribe a combination with PDE5 inhibitors as well.

Studies are showing that men with classic hypogonadism, or low testosterone, have a reduced response to PDE5 inhibitors and see a significant response improvement with Testosterone Therapy. For patients who fail to see ED improvement following TRT and PDE5 inhibitors we can prescribe and test the direct injectable Trimix.

The Connection of Testosterone Levels and Sexual Health

sexual healthWhile this sounds like a juvenile sex joke, we are now seeing that lowered testosterone levels lead to a decreased sex life, but that a decreased sex life also can lower ones testosterone levels in a study at the University of Sydney in Australia.

Researchers followed 1,700 men over the age of 70. The study asked questions and measured a number of things. The study tracked the ability to keep and maintain an erection. It measured the frequency that sexual activity led to ejaculation (through masturbation or sexual intercourse). The study also tracked libido and sexual health versus earlier times in their lives.

During the study, all of the men had blood tests regularly taken and the following tests measured: Total Testosterone, Free Testosterone, Estrogen, SHGB and some other hormones.

Researchers discovered a 10% reduction in testosterone levels led to a noticeable decrease in sexual activity but no change in the number of erections. Another study showed that testosterone levels increased on night after sexual activity without any increase on nights where there was no sexual activity. Physicians are concerned that a lack of sexual activity can accelerate low testosterone.

sexual healthA further study showed that men taking Cialis had higher testosterone levels than men taking Viagra. Both drugs are PDE5 inhibitors to boost nitric oxide and blood flow to the penis. Cialis, however, last 36 hours for most people rather than 6-8 hours. Cialis users typically have more intercourse over this extended time period.

The researchers concluded that “as it is unlikely that the two drugs have a di­fferent direct e­ffect on the pituitary-testis axis, this eff­ect is probably due to the higher frequency of full sexual intercourse.”

A Chinese study observed a group of men that abstained from ejaculation for one week and had their testosterone levels tested each day. Research showed that abstaining for 6 days had no eff­ect on testosterone levels, however, on the seventh day the testosterone levels surged to 145.7% of the baseline then plummeted on the 8th day.

The researchers believe the testosterone surge was the result of a negative feedback suppression of Luteinizing hormone (LH secretion) which is essential for testosterone production.

 

 

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How does Testosterone Affect Sexual Health?

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erectile dysfunctionErectile dysfunction is a common problem that affects many men. This being said, it is important to explore its causes and how it can be addressed. Because of testosterone’s prominence in men’s sexual function, it has been explored as a determining factor in erectile dysfunction. The following study describes how erectile dysfunction and low libido may be related to available testosterone in the body.  It also examines how supplementing this testosterone deficiency may provide a better for you.

 Different Types of Testosterone for Erectile Dysfunction   

Many do not know that there are different types of testosterone in the body and that it is important to take note of their individual levels within a person’s system. The testosterone level measured when men go to the doctor is typically limited only to Total Testosterone.  Patients only get the sum of unbound and bound testosterone present in the patient’s system.

The problem with this that the total amount of testosterone measured is not always fully available for use. Because of the presence of bound and unbound testosterone in the system, the Total Testosterone measurement for a person may not equal the precise amount of testosterone he is actually able to utilize.  This is called Free Testosterone.

This is because bound and unbound testosterone are indicators of whether or not a testosterone can be immediately used by the body this Free Testosterone is a more important measure. A bound testosterone is one attached to proteins that need prior removal before it can be used, thereby needing some effort to be utilized. One of the proteins that binds to testosterones is albumin. While albumin does attach to testosterones, it is easily removed by the body when the testosterone is needed.

However, there are also particularly stubborn binding proteins that cannot be removed from the testosterone, thus rendering it unusable. An example of this is the Sex hormone binding globulin, or SBHG. Once SBHG attaches to your testosterone, it becomes unusable due to the difficulty of separating the protein from the testosterone, limiting the amount of available testosterone in the body.

The differences in functions and availability of these kinds of testosterone highlight the need to test for different types of testosterone. In studying testosterone levels in the system, it’s important to take into account the level of total testosterone, bio-available testosterone and free testosterone, along with the prevalence of SBHG proteins in the patients.

Free testosterone refers to unbound testosterones which are readily available to the body and thus, can be used with minimal effort. Bio-available testosterone, on the other hand, corresponds to both the free testosterones and testosterones bound to easily removed proteins such as albumin. SBHG limits the amount of Bio-available testosterone, giving a skewed amount of usable testosterone when analyzing the total count.

Erectile dysfunction’s relationship to your testosterone levels

Because of testosterone’s role as a primary sex hormone that establishes male traits and sex drive, research has been made to explore how testosterone levels and erectile function influence each other.

According to the study, there exists a proportional correlation between testosterone levels and erectile function, linking higher levels of the hormone with an increased sex drive and better erections. In addition to this, it also established that low testosterone levels was consistently present in cases of erectile dysfunction, and that low presence of the hormone may hamper erectile dysfunction medications such as Viagra from working properly.

Ultimately, the study concluded that a low amount of free testosterone coupled with high levels of SHBG posed the highest risk for erectile dysfunction in men, emphasizing the importance of monitoring testosterone levels when addressing the problem. Taking from the study, it goes that while there are many factors that can contribute to erectile function, it is useful to check testosterone levels because it was seen as a consistent influencing factor for erectile dysfunction as based on the data.

Because of testosterone’s effect on erectile dysfunction, aging men who are experiencing its symptoms are advised to first take a testosterone blood test that can measure the amount of total testosterone, free-testosterone and SHBG in their system. Because ultimately, it is free testosterone that determines the ready supply of the hormone in men, testing total testosterone may not provide sufficient information regarding one’s actual hormone levels. By testing all levels of testosterone, doctors may be able to determine if it is this deficit in available testosterone that hampers proper erectile function and sexual performance, providing the patient with better options of addressing the problem.

Hormone Therapeutics can help you learn more about testosterone

With the emergence of treatments for low testosterone levels today, you don’t have to bear its consequences anymore.  This is why we have so many wives reaching out to us as well to find help for their loved one.  Hormone Therapeutics can help you determine if low testosterone that is causing your sexual problems and provide testosterone replacement therapy, to remedy your concerns. We can treat with testosterone therapy, and/or erectile dysfunction treatments. 

If you want to learn more about how to monitor your testosterone levels or fix low testosterone concentration and its consequences, our company can help you clear up your reservations. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you as you take your first step towards improving your quality of life.

Linking Erectile Dysfunction and Low Testosterone

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