Erectile Dysfunction can be quite embarrassing. After a lifetime of getting an erection with just a glimmer of a thought and partaking in marathons between the sheets, our bodies begin to change. It’s a harsh reality to face and can leave us with a lot of questions.
Just like our bodies changed as we entered the stage of puberty, it changes once again as we enter the latter stages of life. There are many reasons why males endure erectile dysfunction. Some of these include:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- High Cholesterol Levels
- Hardened Arteries
- High Blood Pressure
- Reactions to Medications
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Increased Levels of Estrogen
- Low Testosterone
The last on the list is most certainly not the least. Testosterone is a hormone that is responsible for the development of penile tissue through puberty, and engineers the erections we enjoy for the rest of our lives. Just as testosterone is pivotal for the production of erections, a lack of testosterone will lead to the dysfunction of erections.
Here is how having low testosterone can result in erectile dysfunction:
Low Testosterone Increases Body Fat
Testosterone is known as the male hormone, while estrogen is regarded as the female counterpart. Men and women alike produce both. What separates one sex from the other is the fact that men create more testosterone than estrogen while women create more estrogen than testosterone. Testosterone is the reason for men’s facial hair, sperm production, and as you has probably figured by this article, erections.
When a man is lacking in testosterone, it opens the door for an overabundance of estrogen production. Estrogen and fat go hand-in-hand. It’s the reason why women have breasts and men develop man-boobs.
Fat tissues contain an enzyme called aromatase, which converts to estrogen. As more estrogen is made it feeds this continuous process allowing for more fat to grow, which allows for and more estrogen to grow, and so on.
As noted in the bullets above, higher levels of fat (or cholesterol) and estrogen can both lead to erectile dysfunction.
Low Testosterone Decreases Nitric Oxide Levels
Nitric oxide is a byproduct of many processes such as digestion and sexual reproduction. What makes this gas so essential is the fact that nitric oxide clears out the pathways of dead cells and debris, which in turn allows for blood to flow through our veins freely. When blood is able to do that, it can reach more body parts, such as the penis.
As your body becomes clogged up from diets heavy in cholesterol, refined sugars, and artificial sweeteners, nitric oxide is not able to move around the body as freely. That means that the testes are not being stimulated by blood flow, causing them to decrease testosterone production. As we have noticed with the body fat-estrogen scenario, this too becomes a cycle.
Nitric oxide and treatment of erectile dysfunction are so intertwined that erectile dysfunction prescription drug Viagra was created on this very concept. The pharmaceutical contains testosterone that specifically targets the eNOS (Nitric Oxide Synthase enzyme), allowing nitric oxide to flow longer through the system.
Luckily for us there are many natural and very effective ways to boost nitric oxide production. See my following articles:
Low Testosterone Damages the Pelvic Floor Musculature
At the base of the penis lie a bunch of androgen receptors. These particular receptors are responsible for the maintenance of male sexual phenotypes. The more they are worked, the more efficient they become. However, without enough testosterone, these muscles begin to atrophy.
These muscles are also responsible for bladder and bowel movement. As you can imagine, when these particular areas weaken, sexual functions will also begin to become jeopardized. One way to help combat these damages is to perform kegels.
Low Testosterone Lowers Your Libido
Our sex drive depends on testosterone. When we achieve an erection, it takes testosterone to achieve. However, as achieving an erection happens more regularly, more testosterone is produced naturally. It’s just like working out a muscle. The more curl-ups you do, the bigger your biceps will be. With more testosterone comes a stronger libido.
Low Testosterone Affects Your Mood
Sex should be a fun, joyous occasion. Ruining one of our greatest pleasures does a huge number on the ego. As our reproductive hormones go out of whack, so does the production of other essential cogs in our body’s wheel, such as neurotransmitters. When we are not regularly producing testosterone, happy chemicals in the brain such as dopamine and serotonin aren’t produced.
Instead, our stress hormone, cortisol is produced. Cortisol is in charge of how we react to situations. As stress becomes chronic, cortisol becomes overproduced. When we enter the bedroom sad, nervous, and lacking in confidence, it will end in erectile dysfunction. The reason why is because our body went into flight mode.
Erectile Dysfunction and Low Testosterone
Erectile Dysfunction is a sure sign of low testosterone, and low testosterone is a prime reason why you may be experiencing erectile dysfunction. Whichever the case may be, both are very common for men. However, that does not mean they should go untreated.
If you believe you have low testosterone or erectile dysfunction. Not only will it help your confidence in the bedroom, but it may also shine a light on an underlying condition you were unaware about. There is no need to live a life of low T and erectile dysfunction.