Testosterone Boost No Aid in Erectile Dysfunction
The preliminary data has shown that testosterone supplementation is not effective in boosting mild to moderate erectile dysfunction. Supplementation of testosterone has failed to boost results among the older men with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction despite that the levels of testosterone were improved.
The scores of Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM) have shown that there is no difference if the men in the study were treated with 25mg testosterone daily or placebo. The scale range of the SHIM is from 1 to 25 with a score of 1 to 7 showing serious erectile dysfunction and a score of 22 to 25 showing no erectile dysfunction. The participants in the study were about 65 years old but more than 90% were Caucasian.
Erectile dysfunction is not just a problem of low testosterone but it is amazing that men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and some other factors that affect erectile dysfunction will see that it is low testosterone that is causing erectile dysfunction. In the research, around 10% to 15% of men that have erectile dysfunction can be helped with testosterone supplementation.
Many men have issues with erections from time to time but some men have erectile dysfunction or ED. This is exactly when it is difficult to get or maintain an erection that is firm enough for sexual intercourse.
If you are having erectile dysfunction, you may think that testosterone therapy will help you. Testosterone is a male sex hormone. After age 50, the levels of testosterone in men slowly go down and erectile dysfunction becomes more common. Unless you have other symptoms of low testosterone, you should think twice about the therapy. Why?
– Testosterone therapy usually is not helpful for erectile dysfunction
The treatment of testosterone does not improve erections in men with normal testosterone levels. Researchers have shown that it does not help men with low testosterone levels if the erectile dysfunction is their only symptom.
– Erectile dysfunction usually has other causes
Erectile dysfunction always caused by low blood flow to the penis. The reason is that other conditions such as hardening of the arteries, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. All these conditions narrow the blood vessels and reduce the blood flow to the penis. Low testosterone may affect the desire for sex but it rarely causes erectile dysfunction.
– Testosterone treatment has many risks
The treatment with testosterone can cause the body to retain too much fluid. It can cause acne, enlarged breasts and enlarged prostate. Other side effects include lower fertility and increase in red blood cells that can result to heart disease; an increase in sleep apnea symptoms; and a higher risk of prostate cancer growing faster.