It’s absolutely common for men to experience a decrease in their sex drive as they age. While this is a natural process, low libido (sex drive) can also be caused by other factors, including low testosterone levels. Libido varies from person to person and can naturally fluctuate throughout one’s life. However, it’s important to check with a healthcare provider if you believe your libido is being affected by low testosterone levels. In this blog, we will discuss the connection between low sex drive and low testosterone in men.
What Does Low Libido Mean?
Libido is a person’s desire to engage in sexual activity. When a person has low libido, they may not feel interested in sex or may not be able to get aroused. Low libido can be caused by many factors such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and health problems. Low testosterone levels can also contribute to low libido in men. It is very important to note, that although testosterone is the main hormone we think about when it comes to male sexual function, there are lots of other hormones that can have an impact.
Symptoms of Low Libido
It’s natural for libido to fluctuate throughout one’s life. However, your libido may be affected by low testosterone levels if you chronically experience any of the following symptoms:
- Reduced interest in sex
- Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection
- Reduced intensity and pleasure from orgasms
- Decreased energy levels
- Constant fatigue
- Mood changes, such as irritability or depression
All of these factors can be indicators that your testosterone levels are low and are affecting your hormones.
Why Does Testosterone Deplete With Age?
Testosterone is a hormone that plays an important role in male development and sexual function. Testosterone levels usually peak during adolescence and early adulthood, then start to decline as men age. This decline in testosterone is a natural part of the aging process and is known as andropause or male menopause. When looking at blood work, many patients, and even Doctors focus on yhe amount of total testosterone. However, total testosterone is just one piece of the puzzle. It’s our take, that it is even more important to look at free testosterone levels. After all, free testosterone is the amount of testosterone that you have available to you. In comparison to total testosterone, which includes the amount of free testosterone + bound testosterone. When testosterone is bound, it is in its inactive state.
How Testosterone Replacement Therapy Can Help Boost Libido
Although testosterone levels deplete with age, there are ways to maintain healthy testosterone levels with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and testosterone restoration therapy.
TRT can be an effective treatment option for men with low testosterone levels who are experiencing a decrease in their libido. TRT works by supplementing the body with testosterone, which can help improve sexual desire, energy levels, and overall mood. TRT can be administered in a variety of forms, including injections, troches, gels, patches, or pellets.
It’s important to note that TRT isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution and it may not be appropriate for everyone. Moreover, patients who get TRT will need to get follow-up blood work to ensure that health is optimal and the treatment is working.
Our team at BioCure has extensive experience in age management care. We can help determine the best route for your well-being and provide you with treatment options from a team of professionals.
BioCure Is Here for All Your Longevity Needs
Just because our bodies naturally decrease the production of hormones, such as testosterone, it doesn’t mean that we have to settle for a decline in your lifestyle. BioCure offers an abundance of different treatment options that help people maintain optimal health and performance with age. For more information on how we can help take care of your longevity needs, please contact us today to set up an appointment.