Impotence, Low Testosterone and Viagra – What is the Correlation Between Them?

A man with erectile dysfunction is unable to reach erection and to maintain it for a period of time necessary for a sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction, or so called impotence, has plenty of causes, hormonal disorders are among them. Even minor hormone fluctuations can affect a man’s state of health and mood, and cause disorders.

Testosterone is one of the most important hormones produced in the man’s body, and erections, among many other functions, depend on it. Testosterone influences libido, sperm production, sexual preferences, the quality of muscles and bones.

Low testosterone level and loss of potency often occur simultaneously. It is considered that 5-15% of men visiting physicians because of the erectile dysfunction, have lack of testosterone. These men usually suffer from decreased libido and inadequate spermatogenesis.

The Causes of Low Testosterone Level

The Causes of Low Testosterone LevelOne of the natural reasons is aging. The production of testosterone in the body starts decreasing from the age of 30. A lower level of this hormone may also be related to various health problems: stress, obesity, alcohol abuse, traumas, the loss of testicles, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, genetic disorders, inflammatory diseases, hemochromatosis, hepatic cirrhosis, hypophyseal dysfunction, intake of corticosteroids or medications for treatment of prostate cancer, especially hormonal ones.

It was observed, that when men with a lack of testosterone receive this hormone, it improves the results of impotence treatment, the sexual function gets restored, as well as the structure of the penis tissues.

The Lack of Testosterone – Symptoms

Insufficient level of testosterone increases the risk of impotence, prevents a man from experiencing sexual arousal, impairs concentration, makes a man feel himself ill and depressed.

The symptoms of low testosterone level are: muscle mass reduction, excess body fat, hair loss, increase of cholesterol, light anemia and reduced hemoglobin, fragile bones (osteoporosis). Obesity, impotence and infertility are the consequences of chronic low testosterone.

Impotence: Diagnosis of Testosterone Level

During the examination of a patient with erectile dysfunction a physician pays attention to the presence of adult male pattern of hair distribution all over the body, because testosterone is responsible for it. The examination includes evaluation of the size and consistency of the testicles, the size and structure of the penis.

When necessary, a physician prescribes the examination of testosterone concentration in blood. Only a blood test can ensure a guaranteed result. The level of hormones changes during the day, so multiple examinations are necessary; they are usually made early in the morning, when the testosterone level is on its peak.

How to Restore Testosterone and Potency

The restoration of potency by treating the lack of testosterone implies intramuscular injections and the use of testosterone patch, gel or spray, tablets and so on. Such treatment should be prescribed only by the doctor.

For the hormonal balance, a healthy way of life is very important. Men should start taking care of it when they are young, so that they could be strong and active in older age. It includes physical exercises, healthy food, and so on. It is better to stop smoking and drinking alcohol, as it is harmful even in small amounts. Kegel exercises are also very helpful for erectile function and for health in general.

Testosterone and Viagra

Testosterone and ViagraMen whose ED is related to testosterone levels, may wonder, whether they can take Viagra for treating this, or as a temporary measure, and should they take Viagra or similar ED drugs at all.

When the problem is caused by the level of hormones, one should go through a treatment or a hormonal therapy that will restore the normal indicators, and potency will restore as a result.  Viagra cannot replace hormonal therapy, but can be taken as a temporary measure. It should be mentioned that in part of such cases it works, but not always.

However, some studies showed that many men with lack of testosterone, who were taking Viagra for several weeks, experienced the improvement (though not absolute) of erectile function, whether they were taking additional testosterone or not. The fact that these men’s sexual life became more regular also played its role, because more frequent sex increases testosterone levels and has positive effect on the erectile function.

Some specialists, like Doctor Spitzer, say that Viagra and it action has not yet been completely examined. So, one of his unexpected discoveries was that sildenafil, Viagra’s active ingredient, is able to somehow increase testosterone. He can’t say why it is so, but may be it will be possible in the future. There are still a lot of issues to be studied.

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