What men need to know about testosterone replacement therapy, "also know as men with low T."
Testosterone can be administered as intramuscular injection, a testosterone patch, testosterone gel, or as a gum tablet. Yes, testosterone can make some man feel better, decrease mild depression and even add to strengthening muscle mass, but it will not cure erectile dysfunction or boost sexual desire in the way that it has been advertised or suggested!
Myth: Men who are naturally on the lower spectrum of testosterone have less sexual desire. (Unless there is a health related issue where a man has increased estrogen and almost no testosterone then men on the lower spectrum of testosterone do not report lover levels of desire).
Fact: Often times when a man ages he begins to want to have more of an intimate connection with a woman than when he was younger. Having sex for that sake of just having sex, for many men as they age becomes boring. They may even get to a point where they are not able to maintain an erection or feel that they have lack of desire, because they want more of an emotional connection and mental stimulation.
Fact: Men with extremely high levels of testosterone do not make better lovers! Lower T men may feel more emotion than men with higher testosterone but it does not cause lower sexual desire and almost never resolves sexual dysfunction, it can also increase intimacy during sex.
Myth: Increasing testosterone in a man unless he has extremely low testosterone, or his normal testosterone levels have dropped significantly from health issues, it will not help cure erectile dysfunction.
Fact: Women have very little testosterone compared to a man. Men on the lower spectrum of testosterone and in a good relationship with a woman can experience extremely high levels of desire and have wonderful passionate sex, they are more patient and find desire from pleasing their partners and enjoying the overall sexual experience, rather than rushing to the finish line.
Fact: Emotional sex, intimate sex, erotic sex are all tied into mental stimulation, the brain. For many men that have average to lower testosterone naturally and are healthy overall have less problems with rapid ejaculation, and have learned how to have more control over their orgasms, not rushing to orgasm but taking the time to enjoy the experience and their partners experience. Younger men that typically have higher testosterone, or are boosting their normal testosterone because of age or other reasons, are more eager to have sex, and orgasm quicker, leaving their partners unsatisfied sexually.
Fact: Studies have shown that in both men and women when given higher levels of testosterone they feel less emotional, less connected, and for some people it can be wonderful because they can avoid emotional feelings easier, but part of sexual desire, intimate sex, and passionate sex is about feeling!!!!!!!
The answer to this confusing question is that testosterone replacement, has now become the new Viagra for men!
In women that have extremely low testosterone or none at all, it has been shown that it does help increase the desire enough to want to be sexual and the same in men, but it will not fix any sexual problems that may have occurred before. In some men is can actually have a negative effect on developing more of an emotional connection with a women.
Some of the most amazing statics have come from men and women who have taken hormones to go through the process of changing their gender, the effects of testosterone, as well as progesterone and estrogen has made them less or more emotional, and it does affect sexual desire when it comes to intimacy.
An article on Webmd skirts around the argument of testosterone and its effect on desire but if read carefully it still states that the assumption that increased testosterone will make for better sex, is not a fact…It does however state very clearly in the article that it will not cure erectile dysfunction!
A paragraph below from the article
Low Testosterone and Erectile Dysfunction
"Surprisingly, low testosterone by itself rarely causes erectile dysfunction, or ED. Low testosterone alone -- with no other health problems -- accounts for a small minority of men with erectile dysfunction.
Erection problems are usually caused by atherosclerosis -- hardening of the arteries. If damaged, the tiny blood vessels supplying the penis can no longer dilate to bring in the strong flow needed for a firm erection. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are the three main causes of atherosclerosis and erectile dysfunction."
Two more interesting articles and studies on the effect of testosterone and sexuality!
The article was written by Dr. Dawn Michael ACS a board certified clinical sexologist and intimacy counselor. Dr. Michael has a private practice in Thousand Oaks CA. for more questions or to schedule an appointment she can be reached at (805) 732-7847 The Happy Spouse