Testosterone is the most important male hormone; as such, it can impact your sex life and your sexual wellness in many ways.
Medical research has shown that men with low testosterone experience a decreased sex drive or lack of libido. Men with low testosterone also tend to have issues with erectile dysfunction.
Low testosterone can lead to problems getting and maintaining an erection in both direct and indirect ways.
Testosterone is a sex hormone. It influences both a man’s fertility and his sexual performance. As far as ED goes, testosterone is a necessary precursor to nitric oxide production. Nitric oxide is essential to getting an erection. In fact, popular ED medications such as Viagra work by increasing nitric oxide production.
But men with low testosterone can also have trouble with ED because of a number of indirect ways. Men with low testosterone tend to be overweight, fatigued, have diabetes and high blood pressure. Men with age-related testosterone deficiency are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease and tend to have plaque buildup in their arteries. All of these conditions also can cause or influence ED.
As you can see, testosterone is integral to how a man can perform sexually. Erectile dysfunction or ED and premature ejaculation, or PE, are certainly not the same thing but the two conditions are related.
Both are forms of male sexual dysfunction, but they are actually quite different. ED is when a man is unable to get or maintain an erection, while PE is when a man ejaculates quickly during sexual activity. As different as the two conditions are, one thing they have in common is that they are both related to hormone levels.
As a man’s level of testosterone drops as he ages, it can impact sexual wellness in a number of ways. Testosterone is integral to sexual performance and sex drive or libido in men. Men with low testosterone often suffer from ED, PE, or both.
Testosterone and Premature Ejaculation
Men with PE ejaculate with very little stimulation. This usually occurs before he or his partner would like. Men with PE will reach orgasm either during foreplay or just as sexual intercourse begins.
Testosterone is critical to sexual function in men. Testosterone levels decline as a man ages. As a result, most men between the ages of 35 and 65 suffer from some degree of low testosterone.
As indicated above, men with low testosterone are usually in for a variety of sexual performance issues, including ED and premature ejaculation.
As testosterone levels drop with age, a man’s sexual health suffers in several ways. Low testosterone directly influences sex drive and your ability to perform sexually. Just as low testosterone can lead to a number of co-morbid conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease that can increase the risk of ED, these kinds of conditions also increase the likelihood of premature ejaculation.
Low testosterone can also influence mood states, often increasing feelings of stress and anxiety, which can also cause premature ejaculation issues.
Testosterone and Delayed Ejaculation
There is very little doubt between age-related testosterone loss and male sexual dysfunction.
In fact, one of the very first benefits our male patients who are on testosterone replacement therapy notice is an improvement in sex drive and increased ability to delay orgasm and achieve and sustain an erection longer for more satisfying sex.
Frequently Asked Questions About Premature Ejaculation
The exact definition of premature ejaculation is climaxing, or semen leaving the male body during sexual activity before you or your partner would like to. Premature ejaculation can occur during foreplay, at the first point of penetration, or too soon after penetration. It is common, affecting 1 in 3 men. It is not a problem if it happens infrequently, but if it happens all or most of the time you engage in sexual activity, you should consider speaking to your doctor about PE.
PE is a complex condition with no single cause. Occasional PE can happen when you are with a particularly exciting partner, or early in your adult sex life. Usually, with time and maturity, most men learn to control their orgasms. Occasional bouts of PE are usually nothing to worry about. There could be some emotional or physical causes of PE, such as hormonal imbalances. If you are experiencing chronic or long-term PE, you should see your doctor to find the cause and discuss possible treatments.
Yes. Studies have found a link between age-related testosterone loss and PE. These same studies have found in such men, testosterone replacement therapy returns normal erectile functioning and helps men to better control and delay orgasm and sustain an erection longer for more satisfying sex.
There are two hormones critical to sexual performance and sexual stamina in men – testosterone and (HGH). Both of these hormones drop as a man ages and this loss of HGH, as well as testosterone decline, leads to sexual health issues in older men, including PE issues. Like testosterone replacement, increasing HGH levels through growth hormone therapy improves sexual performance and sexual stamina in men.
Other ways to prevent premature ejaculation
In addition to hormone replacement therapies, there are techniques men can learn that your doctor or sex therapist can teach you to help recognize an oncoming orgasm and delay ejaculation. In addition, here are some other methods that can control orgasm and delay or prevent PE during sex:
- Premature ejaculation wipes
- Topical creams
- Lidocaine spray
- Climax control condoms
Are there any medications for premature ejaculation?
Some drugs, well not designed as a specific treatment for PE, have been shown to help and are prescribed for chronic PE, including antidepressants, analgesics, and phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors.
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