Male Sexual Wellness and Andropause
Sexual wellness problems in men mostly relate to decreased interest in sex or decreased sex drive (libido), erectile dysfunction (difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection), inadequate stamina, and premature ejaculation. These problems have numerous causes but very often the chief culprit is a medical syndrome called andropause.
Testosterone and “Male Menopause”
As men age, their production of testosterone, the primary hormone impacting male sexuality, begins to decline. This can be seen as early as age 30 in some men and continues to decline about one percent per year. Various manifestations of low testosterone levels can appear, signaling andropause, a loose collection of symptoms in men that can occur over a broader range of time than female menopause (which is directly tied to the cessation of menstruation). These symptoms include the above-mentioned sexual issues but also decreased energy, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, weight gain, loss of muscle mass and strength, osteoporosis, difficulty concentrating, heart disease, loss of skin elasticity, and hair loss.
Treating Male Sexual Health Issues
If reduced testosterone is the cause of many issues, then it’s not surprising that replacing the hormone has proven to be a powerful aid to sexual wellness in men. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) replaces lost testosterone, usually through the use of injections or sustained-release implantable pellets. It is a highly effective treatment in terms of improving both sex drive (libido) and the ability to perform sexually. Balancing thyroid hormone and cortisol levels can also play important roles for men.
Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
In many cases, erectile dysfunction (ED) in men can be linked to low testosterone levels. Other hormones related to erectile dysfunction in men are thyroid hormone, which can affect energy levels, metabolism, and quality of sleep, as well as cortisol, which can be a factor in men who are experiencing chronic anxiety and stress. Correcting imbalances in these hormones can often be highly effective.
If testosterone and other hormone levels are normal, or if the patient wants to try another approach to fighting ED, PDE5 inhibitors, known by several very familiar brand names, are proven therapies. Medications such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), vardenafil (Levitra), and avanafil (Stendra) dilate the corpora cavernosa tissue of the penis by acting directly on smooth muscle cells lining blood vessels and improving blood flow. In this way, these drugs facilitate achieving and maintaining an erection upon sexual stimulation.
Sometimes, however, systemic health issues are the cause of ED. Atherosclerotic heart disease, for example, sometimes causes erectile issues. Specifically, the illness causes atherosclerosis (plaque formation) inside the vessels supplying blood to the penis, resulting in decreased penile blood flow and the inability to achieve an erection. Because of its link to cardiac health, this is an especially important factor to rule out.For a more complete discussion of erectile dysfunction and its treatment, please refer to our erectile dysfunction page.
Premature ejaculation is another problem that often affects men’s sexual wellness. Many factors can contribute to this condition, such as hormone imbalances and psychological factors – including, but not limited to, anxiety or depression. Other causes include prostate and bladder problems, as well as erectile dysfunction. It is especially important to rule out hormone imbalances, which can be corrected before further investigation.
Better Sex and a Better Life with
Revitalize Anti Aging Centers
A proper diet, weight loss, a good exercise program, getting restful sleep, and reducing stress all contribute to a man’s good health and sexual wellness. At Revitalize Anti Aging Centers, we work with you and tailor programs to your individual needs.
If you suffer from any of the unwanted side effects of aging mentioned above, or simply want to rejuvenate your sex life and health generally, let Revitalize Anti Aging Centers show you how you can increase your sex drive, improve your muscle mass and bone strength, lose weight, sleep better, and boost your levels of energy and focus.
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