• How Does Low Testosterone Affect My Libido?

    on Jun 15th, 2019

At first, you just thought your “Game of Thrones” addiction was why you’d turn on the TV instead of turning on your partner. But the show’s over, and you’re still not getting your own show on. In fact, you’re scrolling through the ROKU looking for the next fix, while your partner complains that it feels like your sex life’s been canceled, too.

You start to wonder exactly why your libido’s taken a nosedive. Is low libido a normal part of aging, a sign that your relationship needs some work, or something else?

At the Men’s T Clinic — with seven locations in Dallas, Frisco, The Colony, Houston, Cypress, Pearland, and Pasadena, Texas — our expert doctors understand that low libido can be caused by a number of factors, and its definition can vary from man to man. However, a common cause of decreased libido is a decrease in the hormone testosterone (T). As men who once suffered from hypogonadism (low T) themselves, our doctors are dedicated to finding the solution to your low libido, supplementing your T levels when necessary. and getting your sex life back on track.

Why T makes you feel sexy

Testosterone is traditionally thought of as a “male” hormone. Though both women and men have T, men’s T levels are higher than women’s. The increased T is responsible for triggering a variety of male-related sexual traits, including:

In other words, T is at the heart of most of the traits, behaviors, and feelings that you associate with manhood. So if you’re in the one-third of men over age 45 whose T levels have dropped due to aging, or you’ve experienced a decrease in T due to stress or lifestyle factors, you might not be feeling much like yourself.

Low T puts the brakes on sex

When you don’t have enough circulating T, your body can’t convert it to another hormone, estradiol. Like T, both women and men have estradiol, even though it’s considered an estrogen (i.e., a “female” hormone). In men, estradiol helps regulate your libido, achieve erections, and create sperm.

Only a small amount of T gets converted to estradiol, but if you don’t have high enough levels of T, none of it gets converted. Since estradiol optimizes your libido, if your body’s not making it, your interest in sex flags. Low T also causes other sexual problems, including erectile dysfunction (ED).

Raising T raises your sex drive

Even if you’ve had your T levels tested, and you were told they were “normal” for your age, if you don’t have enough T to create estradiol, you’ll probably lose interest in sex. At Men’s T-Clinic, we know that “normal” T levels aren’t the same as optimal T levels. We work to establish a level of T that restores you to your preferred level of desire and sexual function.  

To “get you back to you,” we may recommend lifestyle changes that raise your T levels naturally, including losing weight and eating more vegetables, healthy fats, and high-quality protein. We also recommend stopping smoking and excess alcohol use.

We may custom design a T replacement regimen that could include injections, gels, or creams. We monitor your T levels periodically and make adjustments as needed. It’s important to realize that once you’re on T replacement therapy, you need to continue it or your symptoms will return.

When you’re ready to give Netflix a rest and create your own love scenes, call our friendly, supportive staff or use our online booking forms.

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