Lack of sexual desire and/or the inability to perform during sex is a key symptom of low testosterone. Testosterone therapy is highly effective at increasing sexual desire and libido in older men. This is true in almost all symptomatic domains and indications related to low testosterone in men. What does testosterone therapy do? Testosterone therapy works by adding to your natural testosterone levels so you can achieve overall good levels of testosterone in your blood. This then has a direct impact on your overall hormone balance and your sexual desire.
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism published a new study on this in June 2016 confirming this once again. The overall testosterone trial study was grant funded and combined seven controlled studies. The studies were double-blind, placebo controlled studies that focused on the effect of testosterone therapy on 12 different symptoms of low testosterone.
Out of the 12 sexual function based symptomatic domains considered, testosterone replacement therapy improved 10. It’s important to remember that low testosterone in older men presents many symptomatic domains other than levels of sexual desire and the ability to achieve erection and orgasm. While these were not measured as part of this particular study there are many other research studies that prove the effectiveness of testosterone therapy on these non-sexual symptoms. These non-sexual symptoms include things like low muscle tone, anxiety and low energy levels.
10 out of 12 symptoms improved is a great statistic, it means that testosterone therapy works! We knew this already and have been selling AndroForte testosterone replacement therapy for years now but it’s always good when a new piece of research surfaces to confirm what we already feel. The 12 symptoms considered during the testosterone trial were taken from the PDQ (Derogatis Interview for Sexual Function) and include: sexual daydreams; anticipation of sex; sexual interaction with a partner; flirting by subject; orgasm; ejaculation; intercourse; masturbation; spontaneous erection at night; and sexual arousal erection.
Bradley Anawalt, MD from the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, confirmed that recent studies show a consistently positive effect of testosterone therapy on all aspects of sexual function. The occurrence of the symptom domains analysed varied widely between 5- 40% during the trial. This means that some symptoms occurred often and other very little, making it a balanced trial.
According to Anawalt, the most interesting finding was the inclusion of Estradiol levels in the equation. While testosterone is considered a man’s hormone, Estradiol is considered a female hormone. Like testosterone (women have it too, just in lower quantities) the same thing goes for men and Estradiol (men have it too, just in lower quantities). He says that the role of Estradiol in sexual function in men “is now getting to be more of a consistent story.” Could it be that men with Estradiol insufficiency lowers the chance of effective testosterone therapy? More research is needed but if you find testosterone therapy is not working as well as it should be you might want to check your other hormone levels to make sure the balance is proportional and correct.
Here is some more about the Testosterone trial series mentioned above.
470 men over 65 years old took part in this research which spanned over 123 medical centers in the USA and lasted over a year. The average testosterone level was < 275 ng/dL with 60% of the participants being obese, 33% Diabetic and 70% hypertensive so there was a difference in the participants who received either testosterone therapy or placebo. During the trial their sexual function was assessed every 3 months and measured according to the PDQ (Derogatis Interview for Sexual Function), and the International Index of Erectile Function. One of the criteria for enetering the trial was also that you need to have a partner who is willing to have sex 2 times a month or more.
The span and criteria for the trial seems balanced and as a result it should have provided balanced results.
The placebo effect was conclusive with 100% no effect. That is pretty conclusive!
The men who received testosterone daily during the trial saw and definitive increase in total and free testosterone levels.
Based on results, he believes that prescribing testosterone therapy to men with low testosterone blood levels and low sexual desire is the correct course of action. There is no question that testosterone therapy works for this category of men, However, prescribing the same treatment to a man with normal testosterone levels and low sexual desire might not be as beneficial, or those who are suffering from erectile dysfunction. We totally agree. Only men who have low testosterone should be using testosterone replacement therapy. It should not be used purely for fitness and it should not be considered alongside other sexual aides like Viagra and Cialis.
The results of this trial for men with low testosterone is clear and conclusive. Without using testosterone therapy these men were having orgasms once every 14 days at best. When using testosterone therapy, it increased to every 8 days. More testosterone, more sexual desire, more orgasms. Simple.
If you ask a man (or a lady) who wants orgasms what they would do to be able to feel this pleasure again the answer would probably be “almost anything”.
When considering using testosterone therapy in older age it is important to look at the big picture and weigh out all the risks and benefits, especially if you have other medical conditions that need to be treated and can affect the outcome of testosterone treatment.
Let’s face it, everyone wants a decent amount of orgasms a month, it’s good for your mind, your body and your relationships in so many ways. That’s one of the main reasons why so many aging men are turning to testosterone therapy. However, you should not use it if your doctor thinks it could have an adverse reaction with other medical conditions or prescription medications already being taken. Using testosterone therapy when you are aging and have low testosterone unequivocally allows you to achieve a better sex life and improves other symptoms of low testosterone.
Before you start using testosterone replacement therapies like AndroForte or AndroFeme talk to you doctor and confirm your low testosterone diagnosis with some blood tests on total and free testosterone levels. If your levels are on the low side or normal testosterone replacement therapy might be just what you need to up your orgasms.
Testosterone replacement therapy is a form of HRT for men. Just as women who go through menopause might choose to take hormone replacement therapy, so men have this choice too.
Information taken from: J Clin Endocrinol Metab. Published online June 29, 2016.