How to Arouse a Man with Low Testosterone
by Benjamin Bunting BA(Hons) PGCert
Written by Ben Bunting: BA, PGCert. (Sport & Exercise Nutrition) // British Army Physical Training Instructor // S&C Coach.
Low libido is one of the most common symptoms that men experience. Although this problem can be treated, it still feels difficult to overcome.
Low libido, whether you're single or committed to a partner, can significantly impact your sexual life. Men who have relied on their sexual drive for motivation can find it difficult to understand. Your partner may also be confused.
It may seem that your sexual passion has disappeared in many relationships. In order to get back that spark, many couples try to reignite it through sexual experiments, sexy toys, and sexy conversation. It can be frustrating when the excitement of something exciting and new does not translate into arousal.
Many partners experience a rollercoaster of emotions when these efforts fail. They may feel resentful, alone, or just plain sad. Many men retreat into a cave of anxiety and confusion instead of asking for help. It can be difficult for men to feel attracted to their partner again, as they are prone to retreating from them rather than working together to solve the problem.
To better understand the way we perceive sex, let's first examine how we think about it. A common myth is that we engage in sexual activity only when we are feeling horny. The mere thought of this can prevent you from having a sexual life that is active and healthy.
Men often leave their sexual decisions to hormones, and only engage in sexual activities when their bodies tell them so. Focusing on intentional, thoughtful nurturing of your relationships, while focusing on both partners' needs, will result in healthy, sexually active activity.
It's now time to discuss sexual activities. There are many things that you can do other than sex.
It can be hard for men with low testosterone/low libido to achieve (and maintain an) erection. Sexual activity should take on a more playful and enjoyable tone. The buildup to a sexual performance is often accompanied by anxiety, which can interfere with spontaneity and arousal.
Explore each other's body. Get playful with the massage oils. Purchase some flavored lubricant - you name it. Take a break from intercourse and play with each other. Consider sexgames over the sex, and touch each other in intimate ways.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone, an androgen produced in cells known as Leydig cells in the testicles, plays an essential role in male development by creating secondary characteristics like facial hair growth and deep voice tone, creating healthy sperm production and keeping levels at healthy levels throughout life. Testosterone levels gradually decline with age in men.
Testosterone has long been associated with male-typical behaviors like lust and aggression. However, this relationship is far from direct; testosterone influences many aspects of behavior and its effects can differ from person to person - one may even have low testosterone levels without showing any symptoms at all!
Your doctor can take a blood sample from your arm in the morning when testosterone levels are highest; the needle used to collect this sample should cause minimal or no pain during testing.
Your doctor will discuss the results of your test with you and interpret their significance for you. Labs measure testosterone levels differently; therefore each will have their own normal values to use when interpreting them for you. They'll also take into account factors like age and health when making this determination.
Causes of Low Testosterone in Men
Testosterone levels are tightly managed by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, which sends signals to the testicles that induce production and release of testosterone.
Damage to testicles may disrupt this system and result in hypogonadism - either caused by issues within the testicles themselves (primary hypogonadism) or from issues within hypothalamus and pituitary gland, leading to decreased testosterone signals being sent directly to them (secondary hypogonadism).
Diagnosis usually involves physical examination of symptoms as well as multiple blood tests because levels may fluctuate throughout the day.
For those diagnosed with primary hypogonadism, medical professionals typically suggest testosterone replacement therapy.
Other tests may be performed before beginning therapy to ensure you don't have low iron or prostate nodule conditions that might influence how effectively treatment might work for you.
Low Testosterone Symptoms
Testosterone, the hormone that stimulates muscle growth and sexual drive, naturally decreases with age in many adults - often known as "andropause" or "male menopause." This gradual drop is part of normal aging.
But if your testosterone levels drop too low, symptoms such as erectile dysfunction and loss of libido may occur, as well as unusual fatigue that won't subside even with enough sleep.
Your doctor may look out for other indicators of low testosterone, such as hair loss or decreased testicle size. Furthermore, those suffering from low testosterone often experience hot flashes - both men and women alike can experience these.
Let's list these symptoms:
- Muscle mass depleted
- Strength loss
- Low sex drive
- Bone fractures
- Low fertility
- Increased fat mass
- Lack of body hair
- Persistent fatigue
Testosterone and Libido
Testosterone and libido are inextricably linked, and its decreased presence is one of the primary drivers behind male testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
A direct correlation exists between low testosterone levels and decreased desires for sexual fantasies/acts/intercourse which collectively form what's known as "libido."
Testosterone plays an essential part in sexual functioning for both cisgender men (those assigned male at birth) and women, both sexually.
It influences sexual drive and erectile function as well as mood management, physical development and regulation of hormones such as estrogen.
Although certain societal beliefs may be inaccurate, testosterone does have an effect on sexual desire.
Multiple studies have demonstrated this link between low testosterone levels and decreased sexual desire in men; and treatment with testosterone.
One such evidence-rich trial is Derogatis Interview for Sexual Function sub-trial which provided robust and consistent data regarding this phenomenon in participants with testosterone levels below 275ng/dL.
Participants were asked to report on sexual desire and satisfaction using a scale of 25 items, and subjective reports of sexual arousal and pleasure rose proportionately with testosterone dose throughout the trial.
Positive effects appeared fairly rapidly with sexual desire increasing after 3 weeks while satisfaction after 30 days.
Low libido can have many causes. To address it effectively, it's essential to get checked for any underlying health conditions, and address them if necessary.
Certain medications, including antidepressants, heart medications, and cancer treatments may help lower libido.
If it persists further consultation should be considered with either a mental health provider specializing in sexual issues or an endocrinologist with expertise in male sexual health issues can be useful in increasing libido.
What can you do to arouse men with low testosterone?
There isn't a magic solution. Like the transition from sexual interaction to sexual exploration the best goal may be to feel validated, accepted, understood, love, connected, and appreciated.
Arousal can be a wonderful feeling but it is not required to achieve these goals.
There is still hope. You can change your lifestyle if you know that low testosterone is the reason for low sexual drive.
Weight is important - a healthy weight will improve your mental health, your stamina, and your testosterone levels. Abdominal fat is linked to increased desire, according to studies.
Drink and drugs
Do not smoke, drink alcohol or use drugs.
You can improve your sexual drive by paying attention to what you eat. Aim to eat nutritiously whole foods and avoid processed foods such as sugary cereals, sodas, fast foods, and sweet treats.
Check your medication - if you notice any unwanted side effects, check with your GP.
Take into consideration therapy. A lack of libido and arousal is often linked with emotional factors. A therapist can help you work through any issues, whether it's everyday stress or more.
Many couples find that speaking to a sexual educator or counselor can help them better understand their sexual activity and connection.
Good sleep hygeine is key. Try not to use electrocinic devices close to bedtime, also avoid caffeinated products or other stimulants.
Maintain a good exercise regime to tire you out, avoid long periods of inactivity
A new perspective from your relationship is key. You and your partner need to create a stronger bond in order for you both to maintain a healthy relationship.
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