Men – Not Always Hardwired to Want Sex
Society tends to stereotype men as always having a high sex drive and as so self-assured of their prowess when it comes to their sexuality. But many women are actually hearing the old “not tonight dear” when seeking a romantic time with their partner. And the truth is that research shows about one in five men actually have such low libidos that they’d rather do almost anything else BUT have sex.
Like most other human traits, a man’s sex drive varies. Aging plays a role, though many older men have a robust interest in sex and are in the normal range. But at the other end of the scale are men who suffer from HSDD hypoactive sexual desire disorder.
Some reasons for this include:
- Psychological issues – Stress and anxiety from the strain of daily life, relationship or family problems, depression, and mental disorders are among the many factors that can affect sexual desire.
- Medical problems – Diseases such as diabetes; conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol; and HIV drugs, some hair-loss remedies, and other medications can negatively affect sexual desire.
- Hormonal causes – Low testosterone levels usually mean low sexual desire and other hormones such as low thyroid hormone levels can also play a role.
- Low dopamine levels – Sexual desire obviously involves the brain – Dopamine is one of the brain’s chemical messengers linked to sexual desire.
So what are some of the best options to increase libido in men safely and effectively?
Testosterone – Testosterone levels fall naturally with aging — on average, about 1% a year after age 30. That means that by age 70, testosterone levels may have dropped by half from peak. This gradual drop is often subtle, but a sluggish sex drive along with fatigue, irritability, depression, muscle loss, and erectile dysfunction can all be a part of a man’s life.
Bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy is an effective treatment for low sex drive in men. A compounding pharmacist can make up just the right amount of testosterone formulated to fit a man’s individual needs to increase libido.
L-Dopamine – This neurotransmitter derived from the amino acid tyrosine can increase libido in men. Supplementing dopamine, which is every bit as important as testosterone, for increasing libido in men, is another way to go. Due to living a modern, industrialized lifestyle dopamine levels are actually depleted. Things like high fat and sugar diets, and sitting long hours on a job can dull dopamine response in the brain. Dopamine is also important in that without enough of it a man’s bone density, physical endurance and muscle mass may be diminished. And the most acute symptom of low dopamine is an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Diet and lifestyle changes can also raise dopamine levels naturally. Exercise leads to a dramatic boost in dopamine almost immediately after activities. Our bodies were made to move and exercise and it simply isn’t natural for us to be sitting for hours in front of a TV or computer. Watching high dietary fat intake and in general eating less sugary and wheat/gluten products is essential.
At The Healthy Choice Compounding Pharmacy, we specialize in not only bio-identical hormone replacement therapy but also supplements that can increase libido in men. Call or stop by to speak with us about how we can help you regain sexual and general health vitality.