Sex is an important part of any long term relationship, and surprisingly hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help with that.
Both men and women obtain emotional as well as physical benefits to a happy and healthy sex life. However, as people get older, it’s not unusual for desire on the part of one, the other, or both partners to feel that “old spark,” start to dim.
But did you know that there could be a simple biological reason for your waning sexual desires, and hormone replacement therapy could be just what your relationship needs to rekindle the old flames!
Hormone Replacement and Sexual Wellness
Over the years I have used hormone replacement therapies to treat men for sexual performance problems, and women for the sexual wellness issues that often accompany the pre-menopause and menopausal years.
Recently, however, I am seeing more and more couples that have been together for many, many years coming in together for “mutual” treatment. It is not unusual now for people to come see me for a “silver anniversary” bedroom boost!
It’s true. I have had several patients recently who have been married for 25 years, or more, that just feel something is missing, and want it back.
For men, they may be experiencing erectile difficulties. For woman, they may feel the typical sexual problems of low estrogen such as dryness, and lack of desire.
In either case, hormone therapy can help!
Hormone Therapy for the Woman in Your Life
One of the most common sexual problems for women over 35 can be painful intercourse due to vaginal dryness. Bioidentical Hormone therapy via the use of estrogen has proven to be very effective in improving lubrication in women.
Interestingly enough, women also produce and need testosterone. Like men, women’s levels of testosterone drop as they get older.
In fact, current research seems to indicate that the loss of libido, or sexual desire that occurs as many women approach menopause, is related more to decreasing levels of testosterone, than estrogen!
For such women, we have gotten good results combining both estrogen and testosterone therapies.
Hormone Therapy for the Man in Your Life
For my male patients experiencing trouble in the bedroom, testosterone therapy may be what they need to get back in the game. One of the symptoms of low testosterone or “Low-T” can be erectile dysfunction, and/or loss of libido. Testosterone in men is related to both normal erectile function and sexual desire.
Men with Low T may also feel depressed, anxious, and chronically fatigued – all of which can affect your ability, or desire, to perform sexually.
Testosterone therapy has been shown in many clinical studies to increase libido, and have a positive impact on erectile dysfunction (ED).
Other Benefits of Hormone Replacement
Low hormones may be affecting a couple in other ways that can also impact the relationship. Hormonal imbalances can make either or both partners in a relationship upset, nervous, anxious or depressed.
Low testosterone in men can make your husband or partner moody or aggressive. Low hormones in either sex can lead to weight gain, lack of energy and motivation, and other physical or emotional issues that can make you less desirable to your partner.
In addition to the relief of sexual dysfunction issues, hormone therapy may be able to solve many of those problems! Hormone replacement can also:
- Strengthen bones and increase bone density
- Reduce the foggy thinking typical of menopause, and otherwise improve cognition
- Increase energy and vitality
- Support the increase of lean muscle and reduce belly fat
- Reduce the occurrence of mood swings, depression and anxiety
So if you think something is missing in your marriage, or other long-term relationship, maybe before you go see a therapist – you should think about hormone therapy!