As we get older, our sex drives tend to slow down, and our libidos decrease. So, low desires and declining sex drives are the results of aging, right? Yes, it is true that as we age, our sex drives tend to slow down. However, a rapidly declining sex drive is not always the result of aging, there’s something else at play. For every male, the testosterone hormone is what is largely responsible for sperm production and sex drive. Although, with age, it does decrease, it does so gradually. So, under what conditions do you need to check your testosterone levels?
Unusually or Sudden and Persistent Low Libido
Even if your sex drive decreases with age, it is not enough that you’ll just completely lose interest. Even if you are not attracted to your partner that way anymore, you should feel something from others that you might find attractive. If you don’t, then low testosterone could be the culprit.
The same goes for women who are undergoing their menopause and have little or no desire for sex at all. Getting your testosterone levels checked will help ascertain if you truly have a below normal testosterone level for your age or if there’s something else going on.
As a rule, the National Institute of Health stipulates that when the levels fall below 300 nano-grams per deciliter (ng/dL), then it is a clear indicator of low testosterone.
Difficulty in Achieving Orgasm
If achieving an orgasm used to be easy in the past, but has become increasingly impossible to achieve, you just might have a testosterone problem. This is not just male-specific, it also applies to the womenfolk. When women who used to orgasm fairly quickly or frequently suddenly find it almost impossible to do so even when in her menopause stage, then she needs to check out her testosterone levels.
Difficulty in Achieving Erection
Also known as erectile dysfunction, this is pretty common in adult men. This is could be caused by the declining amount of testosterone in the body. Testosterone while not directly responsible for erections, helps stimulate the brain to release nitric oxide which is what causes blood flow to the penis, resulting in erections.
While this is by no means a major factor (poor erections can be a result of multiple factors), it is a possible factor. So, get your testosterone levels checked out if getting “it” up is proving very difficult. Viagra and Cialis pills are not the solution. Sure, they could help in the short term, but in the long term, you do not want to have to take the pills anytime you wish to have sex.
While it is true that there are many reasons for premature ejaculation, experiencing this problem over the long term is possibly caused by low-testosterone levels. You know how the hormone stimulates the brain to release nitric oxide into the body, thus resulting in erections?
Well, if the stimulation is not constant and ongoing, the male is likely to lose his erections in the act and become unable to prolong the act or control his ejaculation, thus resulting in premature ejaculation. This is a terrible thing for any man to experience for any extended period. If it happens once in a very rare while, that won’t be a problem. However, when it becomes commonplace, then that is trouble.
Low Semen Volume
Testosterone plays a significant part in the body’s ability to produce semen. If the volume of your semen is pretty small – and you have not been having sex frequently – chances are, you’re suffering from low testosterone. The fact is the more testosterone you have in your body, the higher your sperm volume. Men who experience such need to get themselves checked out immediately.
Rapid Hair Loss and Frequent Fatigue
It is normal to lose some hair on your head as you grow older. However, the sudden loss of facial and body hair is a possible sign that your testosterone is low. The same goes for the feeling or persistent mood swings, depression, frequent fatigue even after being well rested, hot flashes – yes men can have them too – and the inability to stay motivated.
If you have any or more of these symptoms, please get tested for low testosterone. It just might be all you need to get healthy and feel great again.