As a physician that treats men for both low testosterone, and erectile dysfunction (ED), I am often asked “does low testosterone cause ED?”
The simple answer is: Yes, No and Maybe.
I am to trying to be funny. Low testosterone and ED are those kinds of medical conditions that are co-morbid. Which means they kind of go hand in hand, and are definitely related, but we cannot say that there is a direct cause and effect relationship.
Still, we know that declining levels of testosterone certainly effect sexual desire and sexual function. We also know that testosterone is essential for normal erectile function, however the exact role it plays in getting an erection is still unclear.
It is also unclear how low your testosterone has to drop, before it affects your ability to get an erection, some men who have been diagnosed with low testosterone, or Low T, do not have erectile difficulties.
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As you can see, the relationship between low testosterone and ED is a complex one.
What we do know for sure is this: men with low testosterone also are very likely to suffer from other conditions that can cause, or can also influence ED.
For example, men with Low T also tend to be obese, have hardening of the arteries, and diabetes, all of which are known to contribute to ED. In addition, men with Low T also tend to feel weak, fatigued, stressed, have poor or disrupted sleep, and can be depressed, all of which can lead to erectile dysfunction.
Multiple clinical studies have shown a direct causal relationship between Low T and decreases in libido, or sex drive. A decreased libido may not necessarily cause ED, but a lack of sexual desire, can negatively impact your ability to gain, or maintain an erection.
Low Testosterone and Other Causes of ED
Even if there is a correlation between ED and Low T, ED is a complex condition with many possible causes.
Low T can be contributing to your ED, but so could:
- Stress, performance anxiety, or other emotional issues
- Certain medications you are taking
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol abuse
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Clogged arteries
- Effects of some cancers
As you can see from the list above, since ED can arise from any number of underlying medical conditions — some of which are serious– do not ignore ED.
See your doctor if you are experiencing ED, not only because there are many ED treatment options available, but because your ED could be a sign of a serious medical problem.
Low Testosterone and ED Treatments
While we are still not sure of the exact relationship between ED and low testosterone, we do know that testosterone therapy often helps men with ED.
In addition to testosterone therapy, we have many other treatment options available for men with ED, whether they have low testosterone or not.
Of course, there are the popular ED medications that I am sure you are familiar with: Viagra, Levitra, Cialis and similar drugs. But, what you may not know, is that these are not recommended for all men with ED.
Men who are taking nitrates for heart conditions, men with hypertension or diabetes, also should not take these prescription ED drugs. And, there are plenty of otherwise healthy men who have had poor results, or uncomfortable side-effects when using oral ED medications.
For such men we offer several alternative ED treatments, such as:
- Gains Enhancement Quick Tabs – fast melting, quick acting custom compounded ED lozenges.
- TriMix Injections – TriMix is a custom compounded injectable formula of three ED medications.
- The Gains Enhancement ™ – Our own proprietary Platelet Rich Plasma treatment for ED.
Whether your ED is related to low testosterone or not, you need to know that you no longer have to suffer in silence with ED.
Have you or anyone you know tried ED treatments? What did you use? What were the results?
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