If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED), you aren’t alone. Around 31 percent of men age 40 or above experience ED, but younger men can also experience problems. It’s true: a third of men have trouble getting or maintaining an erection during sexual activity.
ED has numerous causes. You may be taking a medication that affects your blood flow or sex drive. You may be experiencing diabetes or heart disease. But one of the most common issues related to ED is low testosterone.
How Low Testosterone Causes ED?
Testosterone is a male hormone that affects many aspects of sexual function. It peaks during puberty and sexual development, but levels of testosterone can begin to sink as early as age 25. This drop-in testosterone levels can have immediate effects that become worse and worse as you age.
How to Treat ED and Low Testosterone
The good news is that men can raise their testosterone levels to stop ED. In addition to a healthy diet and plenty of exercises, a good way to increase testosterone is hormone replacement therapy.
During hormone replacement therapy, men receive regular injections of testosterone intramuscularly. Depending on your testosterone levels, you may need injections every week or every other week to improve ED and other symptoms.
Hormone replacement therapy, when practiced by an experienced physician, is considered safe. It may have some side effects, however, such as oily skin or a decrease in sperm production. Your doctor can talk to you about any side effects and answer any questions you have.
Men who receive testosterone injections often report better mood and energy as well as improvement in sex drive and performance. With higher testosterone levels, you may be able to recover your normal sexual function and stop ED.
At Fountain of You, MD in Virginia Beach, we have a 97 percent success rate in helping men defeat ED using medicines, testosterone replacement therapy and other techniques. We can help you feel great again, with more energy, a better sex drive and better sexual function. Contact us at 757-644-4615 to schedule your appointment and find out if testosterone replacement therapy is right for you.