Many symptoms, both physical and emotional, can result from having low testosterone. And because testosterone is tied to arousal, perhaps the most obvious symptoms for men are a low sex drive and erectile dysfunction, or ED.
If you’re struggling with erectile dysfunction, the problem may be more complicated than just low testosterone levels. Although it’s true that a reduction in the sex hormone testosterone can cause a lack of sexual desire that, in turn, leads to trouble getting or maintaining an erection, there are many causes of erectile dysfunction, some of which have nothing at all to do with testosterone.
For example, problems with blood flow related to diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, or years of alcohol and tobacco use can be causes of erectile dysfunction that are completely independent of testosterone. In these instances, not enough blood flows to the penis, which leads to erectile dysfunction. In other instances, erectile dysfunction can be more of a psychological problem related to anxiety, stress, or depression. Other causes of erectile dysfunction include the use of certain medications or medical procedures, and even certain injuries, such as damage to the testes.
Is Low Testosterone Causing My Erectile Dysfunction?
With all the different causes of erectile dysfunction, it’s often difficult to determine whether it’s a symptom of low testosterone or something else. One clue is whether other symptoms of low testosterone are also present, such as a reduced sex drive, anxiety, irritability, difficulty concentrating, or depression.
The best way to find out for sure is with the guidance of a qualified doctor. It’s important to have your doctor evaluate erectile dysfunction to determine if it may be the result of underlying cardiovascular disease, psychogenic causes like stress or performance anxiety, or potentially due to very low testosterone.
Treatment for Men with Erectile Dysfunction and Low Testosterone
Although trying to have sex with erectile dysfunction can cause physical and emotional challenges, many experts agree that erectile dysfunction related to low testosterone is highly treatable, and can be remedied with the right combination of lifestyle changes and medical treatments. Clinical research has explored the influence of testosterone replacement therapy on erectile dysfunction, and found that in many men with identified low testosterone, testosterone replacement therapy can provide a positive influence on sexual health. In some cases, testosterone replacement alone can have a restorative influence on erectile function. However, in more severe cases of ED, the combination of testosterone replacement therapy and medication for ED may provide the best outcome.
To learn more about how hormone replacement therapy can help those with Low T and Erectile Dysfunction call SynergenX Health at (281) 362-5580 to request an appointment, or request one online.