Can I have low Testosterone and still have a sex drive?
Men typically ignore their symptoms of low Testosterone. They think that if they have a sex drive and can still get an erection that they have a good Testosterone level. Things could not be further from the truth.
Low Testosterone can show up in many ways. You can have low energy, poor focus, feel grumpy or irritable, and/or have trouble sleeping. You may have trouble recovering from workouts and have problems building muscle. There may be a general feeling of not being at your best. And yet, you may still be able to get erections and have a sex drive.
I have found that many men do not realize that a low Testosterone can be the cause of their symptoms. Optimal Testosterone levels are important for your overall health and vitality. Testosterone performs a wide variety of functions and you need an optimal level to function at your best. You can have sub-optimal Testosterone that is affecting your body and still be having erections and have a libido.
If you feel that you are not functioning at an optimal level–you will want to get your hormones evaluated by a bio-identical hormone specialist.
A decreased sex drive can arise for many reasons and it can affect both women and men. A healthy sexual relationship with someone that you love is important. It is sometimes too easy to ignore this fact and let this part of your life slip away.
Balancing your hormones is one part of having a healthy libido. Without a proper balance of Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone it is difficult to have a healthy sex drive. Our hormones get out of balance for many reasons and utilizing bio-identical hormones helps to fix that problem. Balancing your hormones is like putting gas into your car.
Just like there are many other parts to your car to make it run, there are also other things that affect your libido. Stress can greatly diminish your desire. Being unhappy in your relationship or being unhappy with yourself has a definite impact with sex drive. Medications can also have an affect.
It is important to take time out to unplug and relax. Yoga is a great way to learn to relax and keep your body limber. Turn off the phone, tv, and computer and breathe deeply and clear your mind. Hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, Reiki, and transformational breathing are all things that can aide you in any relationship issues–with your partner and with yourself.
Having a healthy sex drive can make you feel better about yourself and can enhance your relationship. With an integrative medicine approach and a desire on your part to increase your libido, you should be able to regain your libido.
Both men and women need optimal Testosterone levels
- Decrease joint and muscle pain.
- One of the best anti-depressants around. It helps to elevate your mood naturally and enable you to feel balanced.
- Helps you to reduce fat and increase muscle mass (appropriately for your size).
- Helps to improve your focus, concentration, and memory.
- Aides you in getting a better night’s sleep.
- Increases your energy and motivation.
- Increases your libido (sex drive), if a low Testosterone level is the source of a lessened libido. (libido has a lot to do with psychological factors as we)
- Improves your endurance and ability to recover after exercise.
- For men–Testosterone is important for having healthy erections. (please note that men can have sub optimal Testosterone levels and yet still have a decent libido and erections–do not be fooled into thinking that your Testosterone levels are great just because you still have a libido and erections.)For Women–Testosterone decreases or eliminates your night sweats and overall feeling of “being too warm”.
- Testosterone enhances your overall well being.
Testosterone is a hormone that is present in both men and women. Optimizing your Testosterone level by utilizing bio-identical hormones is an important part of your overall wellness as you age in today’s world.
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Men are more likely to have their hormonal imbalance under diagnosed than woman are. I have provided a simple questionnaire that you can use to determine if you (or the man you love) may have a hormonal imbalance.
Please answer the following questions with none, mild, moderate, severe, or extremely severe. Your answers will help you to better understand the severity of your hormonal imbalance if an imbalance exists.
Do you have the following:
- Decline in your feeling of general well-being (general state of health, subjective feeling)
- Joint pain and/or muscle aches (lower back pain, joint pain, pain in a limb, general increase in aches and pains)
- Excessive sweating (unexpected/sudden episodes of sweating, hot flushes independent of your activity level)
- Sleep problems (difficulty in falling asleep or staying asleep, waking up early and feeling tired, poor sleep, sleeplessness)
- Increased need for sleep, often feeling tired
- Irritability (feeling aggressive, easily upset about little things, moody)
- Nervousness (inner tension, restlessness, feeling fidgety)
- Anxiety (feeling panicky)
- Physical exhaustion/lacking vitality (general decrease in performance, reduced activity, lacking interest in leisure activities, feeling of getting less done or of achieving less or of having to force oneself to undertake activities)
- Decrease in muscular strength
- Depressive mood (feeling down or sad, on the verge of tears, lack of drive, mood swings, feeling nothing is of any use)
- Feeling that you have passed your peak
- Feeling burnt out, having hit rock bottom
- Decrease in beard growth
- Decrease in ability/frequency to perform sexually
- Decrease in morning erections
- Decrease in sexual desire/libido (lacking pleaser in sex or desire for sexual intercourse)
After answering the above questions look at how many you answered with mild or more severe symptoms. This will give you an idea of the severity of your hormonal imbalance.
If this questionnaire has shown you that there may be an issue with your hormones, then the next step is to get your hormone levels evaluated by a medical provider who specializes in hormone balancing.
As you are reading this and the words on this page are going through your mind, you may be wondering if you or someone you know is suffering from a hormonal imbalance. If you are a man or woman over 35 years old the odds are that you do have a hormonal imbalance (and this can be the case even if you are younger).
A hormonal imbalance can present as fatigue, sleep issues, an inability to lose weight, depression, anxiety, a lack of vitality, an increase in aches and pains, difficulty healing and recovering, etc. Hormone imbalances are not just about hot flashes and ni ght sweats, and both men and women are affected by imbalances. The symptoms can come up suddenly or gradually–everyone is different. If left untreated hormone imbalances can lead to osteoporosis, dementia, and other hormone related diseases including a frailty and decline of health in the last few decades of life.
Most people simply feel their slow deterioration is simply a part of aging and they settle for not feeling their best. A great case showing this is the story of Brian. Brian’s wife had great success with bio-identical hormones and she sent her husband to my office. Brian did not think anything was wrong with his hormones–a common issue.
Brian still had a good libido and was exercising. However he was tired and did not want to do much outside of work. He was also slightly more irritable and grumpy. Upon further questioning I found that he was not gaining muscle or recovering from workouts like he should. He was only 45 years old but was slowly losing vitality. He thought this was normal aging but it is not. His regular doctor had told him he was fine and he had accepted his symptoms as normal.
After a personalized evaluation of his symptoms and labwork, Brian was found to have suboptimal Testosterone and a few vitamin deficiencies. There are several options for Testosterone replacement for men: bio-identical cream, injections, and bio-identical pellets. Each man needs to make his own choice for the treatment method that is best for him. Testosterone replacement for men is safe and effective when the estrogen level is properly monitored. High estrogen and low Testosterone is what poses dangers for a man’s health. Optimal Testosterone levels and keeping estrogen levels low help to prevent certain diseases as well as eliminate symptoms for men.
After optimizing Brian’s Testosterone and correcting his vitamin deficiencies, he finds himself having the energy to enjoy his family and life outside work. He is sleeping better and has improved memory, mood, and focus. He runs his own business and has found his productivity and revenue have grown. Brian is saving time and money by functioning at a higher level. He is now living his life at an optimal level.
J.M. is a 55 year old fireman and over the past few years he had noticed that he could not run in and out of buildings like he used to. He found himself getting irritated more easily and felt like he had passed his peak. Even though he was working out he had a difficult time building muscle. He even noticed a little muscle loss and a hard time losing fat.
J.M. had seen his regular doctor and was told that his labwork was normal and that he was just getting older. Luckily he did not accept that as fact and sought out help. His hormone labwork was definitely not optimal. Normal ranges at the labs are determined by testing a part of the population and then coming up with the average numbers. But what happens when the people they are testing are out of balance hormonally? In modern society the average person does have a hormonal imbalance and this results in the “normal” lab values being incorrect.
Your hormone lab values may be interpreted as “normal” when in actuality they are low–the imbalance is missed simply because the “normal” lab values are incorrect. The medical profession gets pressured from many angles and most doctors are hesitant to look outside the “normal” values. They tend to accept the “normal” lab values without question. They forget to really look at the person and see that there is a hormonal imbalance. They are simply not questioning the validity of the “normal” values. This is not their fault–due to the nature of insurances they do not have the luxury of time to treat “outside the box”.
Hormonal imbalances exhibit specific symptoms and it takes time to get to know the patient and determine what he/she requires to achieve and maintain proper balance. Lab work is just a piece of information and it needs to be interpreted looking at optimal values, not the “normal” values. Optimal lab values are the values we see in people who are functioning at a high level and feel great. Unfortunately these values can be flagged as “abnormal” on lab results. This can scare the uninformed. “Abnormal” is often optimal. Look around you at the general population’s health. This is a sad truth.
The goal of proper hormone balancing is to get rid of your symptoms and prevent future medical issues like dementia, heart disease, certain cancers, osteoporosis, etc. This is only possible by taking the time and investing in yourself by seeking the help of a specially trained hormone specialist.
J.M. was found to have a significant Testosterone deficiency. We also found a B12 deficiency and slight thyroid imbalance. Once these deficiencies were corrected he regained his vitality. He has been carrying the fire hose and climbing ladders better than the guys younger than him. His workouts are creating a muscle gain and fat loss. J.M has the energy to enjoy his free time and is now really living his life.
Testosterone replacement is safe and helps reduce the risk of heart attacks:
Due to media hype and the misrepresentation of studies done on Testosterone I would like to revisit this topic. Sadly, there are news reports that discourage the use of Testosterone despite overwhelming evidence that properly administered Testosterone actually helps patients with many medical issues, including reducing the risk of heart attacks.
It is actually low levels of Testosterone and higher levels of Estrogen in men that have been shown to be associated with an increased heart disease risk. The misrepresentation of Testosterone arose from studies that did not look at Estrogen levels. Testosterone replacement without looking at Estrogen levels can cause problems, proper Testosterone replacement while addressing Estrogen elevation is a different story. When Testosterone is optimized while making sure Estrogen stays in an optimal range, the men studied had fewer heart attacks and also felt more vital.
A common cause of disability and death is actually related to low Testosterone. Low levels of Testosterone are associated with diabetes, increased belly fat, insulin resistance, and various arterial changes thst increase the risk of heart attacks. Conversely, when Testosterone is replaced to optimal levels by a specially trained physician there is increased muscle mass, decreased belly fat, improved insulin sensitivity, improved memory, increased energy, better sleep, happier moods, and an improvement in cardiovascular health.
Testosterone is simply not evil. In fact, it is critical for your optimal health and well being. The key is to have it replaced with proper oversight.
As people age they often find that they have past sports injuries that flare up. Men and women both notice an increase in their aches and pains, as well as an increased time to recover from workouts and a decreased ability to build muscle. While diet and your exercise regimen does play a role, a declining Testosterone level is a huge culprit.
Testosterone is a hormone that performs numerous functions in the body for both men and women. It is critical in repairing injured musculoskeletal tissues and in building muscle. Testosterone also helps your memory and increases your energy level. It also helps you sleep better and improves your mood. Testosterone is not just a hormone for sex drive.
The normal values that laboratories list for Testosterone are sadly incorrect for both men and women. Optimal levels of Testosteron are the levels at which men and women feel great, think clearer, and have minimal, if any, side effects. Optimal levels of Testosterone are obtained by having your levels evaluated and treated by a physician specially trained in bio-identical hormones. If you rely on a regular physician your symptoms will be ignored and the doctor will tell you your levels are fine because they fall in the “normal” range.
The question you must answer is this: do you want to function in the average range (suffering from pain, poor energy, difficulty losing weight, etc) or do you want to function in the optimal range (able to build muscle and burn fat, having energy, less pain, and living a life of vitality!)
Imagine moving around and being able to do the things that you love to do. Perhaps you are already feeling vital and strong, but perhaps you are like the majority of people out there who yearn for a body that serves them better. Are you feeling tired, achy, moody, flabby or just feel that you have passed your peak?? Men and women both can feel this way and it is not the way that you have to age. Having a slow decline in your health is not your destiny—you can live with vitality and when it is your time to go, leave this earth quickly and not after a slow deterioration over 30, or more years.
With modern sanitation, medicine, and an abundance of food we are living longer lives. Unfortunately with longer lives we are seeing a marked increase in the number of chronic illnesses and the number of years that an individual is alive but is in a deteriorating state. We can not avoid dying but we can shorten the dying process and increase the number of years that we live feeling younger. If you are all about the quality of life then continue reading.
Declining hormones, along with poor lifestyle choices, are largely responsible for the slow deterioration that we are seeing all around us. The good news is that we have the capability to prevent this slow deterioration, and even reverse some of it . This gives us the ability to live long AND vital lives, not just long lives.
Decreased levels of Testosterone, Thyroid, Estrogen (women only), Progesterone, and Growth Hormone are often experienced for years before a person seeks medical attention. The decline can be subtle, especially for men, and is often misdiagnosed as depression, anxiety, the normal aging process, or simply that nothing is wrong with the person. The problem lies in the fact that the majority of doctors are not specially trained in detecting hormone imbalances as they are taught to look at normal values and they are not allowed the proper time to get to know you and your unique needs. Let’s face it–you do not want to be average, you want to be above average, right?? The “normal” values do not represent optimal.