Testosterone Doesn’t Necessarily Improve Men’s Sexual Performance
So, testosterone doesn’t necessarily increase men’s sexual stamina or performance. This is according to a recent study by Dr. Shalender Bhasin and his team.
The study indicates that, unlike the common thought, increased testosterone in men doesn’t exactly affect their sexual life. This is entirely surprising to most middle-aged men who start taking testosterone with the intentions of perhaps improving their sex performance.
The study actually indicates that men who initially had normal-low or a slightly low level of testosterone didn’t experience any form of improvement in terms of sexual performance.
Even though testosterone therapy comes with a number of other benefits, especially with improving men’s heart health conditions, this isn’t the same for men’s sexual lives. In the recent years, the demand for (and use of) testosterone has been on the increase.
As a matter of fact, the market value has increased from $20 million annual sales in the 1990s to about $2 billion annual sales in 2012. This clearly shows just how desperate men are when it comes to countering the effects of aging.
However, there have been recent medical studies that prove negative effects of testosterone, some of them related to stroke and even heart attacks (surprise!).
During this study, Dr. Bhasin and his team enrolled and studied 308 men who were over 60 years old. Their testosterone levels were between low and low-normal. Half of the men were provided with testosterone gels, which they rubbed on their skin.
The other half of the men were provided with placebo gel that had no medicine. After about three years, the study found out that the sexual outcome for both groups weren’t different, and that those who had the testosterone gel were not different (sexually) from their counterparts.
According to Dr. Bhasin, “when men grow older and age, their testosterone levels usually begin declining at the rate of 1 percent every year after the age of 40.”
It is the testosterone produced by the testicles that is normally responsible for the sexual drive that men experience.
And since this testosterone tends to decline with age, it means that the injection of testosterone into men (particularly older men) won’t necessarily affect their sex life, neither does it affect their quality of life.
Dr. Andrew Freeman, a clinical director at the National Jewish Health in Denver, concludes by noting, “Men have to ask themselves why they have to take testosterone if it doesn’t make them feel any better. Other studies have actually proved that healthy living and regular exercises can improve sexual life of older men.”