How are erections affected by Testosterone?

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These days, the word Testosterone seems to carry a negative connotation, but that really shouldn't be the case.  

When most people hear the word testosterone, they picture somebody on steroids acting in some aggressive, over-the-top fashion, or else they picture some sort of overt act of toxic masculinity, but in reality, testosterone is just a male hormone that regulates sexual functions and muscle development.

It's true that if testosterone levels are too high, then it can lead to increased energy which is probably where the stereotype comes from, but testosterone levels can also be too low, and when this happens, it can become difficult for men to achieve, or sustain an erection.

Let's take a closer look at why this is and how to treat the problem.

Low-T Levels and Erectile Dysfunction

As men age, their testosterone levels fluctuate and can become imbalanced; when this happens, certain symptoms and side effects can manifest. Being that testosterone is closely related to sexual function and sex drive, an imbalance can lead to difficulties in obtaining and maintaining an erection.

Testosterone is largely responsible for male libido or sex-drive, so when T-Levels are low, sex drive is low, and when T-Levels are high, sex-drive is high; this isn't always the case, and there are many other factors that can be involved with a low sex-drive, but having insufficient testosterone can certainly be in part responsible when a man is unable to get an erection.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy

In some cases of Low-T, a doctor will recommend undergoing a procedure to replace the testosterone, which can alleviate some of the side effects associated with an imbalance; however, testosterone replacement therapy alone is not an effective cure for erectile dysfunction.

There are almost always other underlying psychological elements at play when there is erectile dysfunction and so replacing testosterone is unlikely to resolve the problem.

Speak With Your Doctor

If you have low testosterone levels and have been unable to achieve or maintain an erection recently, be sure to speak with your doctor to find out exactly what's going on and address the situation appropriately. It may be the case that testosterone is playing a part in the problem; most likely, there are some other issues at work.

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