Having erection trouble from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause for concern, however, if your erectile dysfunction is an ongoing issue, it can cause stress, anxiety, affect your self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems.
Very often the low libido or erectile dysfunction that goes with low testosterone levels can be the first thing that prompts a man to go and visit the doctor and is a common reason for men to have a testosterone level check. Testosterone replacement therapy can be very helpful in this instance but it’s not the only way to deal with low libido and erectile dysfunction.
As we always say, a first step will be to see a doctor to find out if there are any other underlying health issues that might have a bearing on your lack of libido or erectile dysfunction. even if you suspect you have low testosterone levels it’s always best to have it confirmed by a doctor and blood tests and also to take any advice from them about issues you need to address such as losing weight. You will generally be asked to take a fasted testosterone test in the morning because that is when your levels of testosterone will be at their highest.
One of the things that the doctor will check for is that you are not diabetic. This is because diabetes constricts the small blood vessels needed to achieve an erection.
When you have finished being tested by the doctor and if there are no underlying health issues to be addressed then the next thing you need to do is have a good look at your lifestyle.
Exercise is going to be a great way of improving your general condition and helping you lose any excess weight that you might have. The better you feel about the way you look the better you will feel about intimacy. You should take the advice of your doctor about what exercise would be best for you to do.
It would be a good idea to have a long hard look at your diet and make sure that it contains a lot of fresh fruit and veg. Try to follow a low fat and high protein diet eating only a moderate amount of carbohydrates.
There has not been a lot of research on the effect of substance abuse on libido but if you are suffering from a low sex drive it can be a good idea to cut out these substances which should include stopping smoking and only drinking a small amount of alcohol. Doing this should make a positive impact on your sexual desire and performance.
Get enough rest, and take measures to improve your sleep quality because testosterone will be produced in our bodies at night, so if you are not sleeping well this will impact your testosterone production.
It is also a good idea to have your medication reviewed either by your doctor or by pharmacist and see if any of them may be having an effect on your libido.
Don’t be afraid to make an appointment to see a therapist because emotional factors can also have a bearing on your libido. Low testosterone levels can lead to low libido but so can depression which is why it’s so important for you to understand exactly what it is that is affecting your sex drive.
Make sure that you keep your partner informed of what’s going on, and how you feel so that they don’t end up thinking that the problem is with them. You could also think about working with a sex therapist who might be able to help you revive your libido at the same time as you work on the physical aspects of what is holding you back.
Try exercising together with your partner. Exercise and a good diet are going to be the building blocks for you to make progress and sharing the journey with your partner will make it easier and help them to understand what it is you’re going through.
It is true that libido does wane a little as men get older but if you are diagnosed with low testosterone then it is a good idea to consider testosterone replacement therapy. Boosting your testosterone levels in this way will help you on the way to getting back to normal.
Another option to consider might be Focused Shockwave Therapy ESWT. It’s a safe and clinically proven treatment for Erectile Dysfunction with a success rate of over 75%.
Shockwave Therapyinvolves passing high-frequency waves through the skin to treat an enormous range of disorders and injuries in urology, orthopaedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine, podiatry, osteopathy, aesthetics and veterinary medicine. Its main benefits are the ability to regenerate tissues in the musculoskeletal system, providing pain relief from chronic conditions, and restoring mobility and function.
Shockwave Therapy for ED involves passing painless, short, intense focused waves into the affected tissues. These waves increase blood flow, stimulate repair and tissue regeneration. Shockwave Therapy puts the body’s cells into repair mode and restarts its own accelerated healing process.
Treatment with Shockwave Therapy can lead to a significant improvement of the IIEF (International Index of Erectile Function) which lasts at least 3 months
Having low testosterone levels and the problems that that can bring can feel quite devastating for a man. It is heartening therefore to know that there are things you can do to help you mitigate the effects and begin to feel back to your old self again both in and out of the bedroom!