Erections: What’s Testosterone Got To Do With It?
In 30 Seconds
- Testosterone is a major player when it comes to an erection. It also regulates your sex drive, supports and enhances sperm development and is in charge of the development of male sexual characteristics.
- A decrease in the serum level of testosterone (known as hypogonadism) is a major cause of erectile dysfunction (ED).
- Get tested at your doctor’s to see if your ED is a result of testosterone deficiency. Then you can explore treatment options.
Ah testosterone. That almost-mythical male sex hormone that’s vital for increasing our sexual desire and having fun in the sack. If you’re interested in future-proofing your sex life, it makes sense to investigate the link between erections and testosterone. Right, so let’s look at the facts.
Testosterone: The Facts
- Pretty much everything about your erection is controlled by testosterone.1
- Testosterone also regulates your sex drive, supports and enhances sperm development and is in charge of the development of male sexual characteristics – everything from a deep voice to your beard and pubic hair.2
- Testosterone regulates the production of nitric oxide and PDE5 levels, which are important for achieving and maintaining an erection.3 All in all, this is a hormone you don’t want to be without!
Firstly, get tested for low testosterone, among other tests your doctor may recommend, if you’re having a case of ED. This is recommended by the European Association of Urology so good to go with their expert advice.9 The good news? There is treatment available.
Possible Treatment for Testosterone-related ED:
- Testosterone replacement therapy (ART) involves taking extra testosterone if you’re medically proven to be deficient. This can be taken orally, topically or through injections.10
- Examples include: transdermal testosterone gel and methylated androgen.11
- Urologists agree that if your total testosterone levels are higher than 12nmol/l (>350 ng/dl) you don’t require replacement therapy.12
- More testosterone is only useful if you’re suffering from testosterone-deficient ED. It’s not just to boost a normal, healthy erection.13
- ED occurring as a result of testosterone deficiency caused by a tumor can be addressed by surgical means or by the use of radiotherapeutic or chemotherapeutic techniques.14