“Baby, it’s not going up!”
Does this sound familiar to you?
Well, maybe not to you.
But a lot of men are suffering from low sex drive – especially as they get older.
And it can be embarrassing in front of your girlfriend or wife.
So we are gonna lay out for you how to fix it and shoot your sex drive through the stratosphere again.
What Does The Science Say?
First off, libido can vary between men. What one man might consider a low sex drive, another might not.
Besides, low libido can be affected by other factors as well – such as stress & lack of sleep.
So, it’s kinda difficult to define a “normal” level of libido. That’s something you have to know for yourself by listening to your body.
But something we can all agree on is this: If your sex drive is too low, you are in trouble.
In a large study of men in Massachusetts, about 11% overall said they had a lack of sex drive. The researchers then tested all the men’s testosterone levels. About 28% of men with low testosterone had low libido.
That might not sound like a lot. However, low testosterone can be the evil brother to conditions that lead to low libido as well: Obesity, Diabetes, atherosclerosis (clogging of arteries), etc….
And because the symptoms for low T are similar to symptoms for a lot of conditions, we men believe there may be something else we are suffering from….so we start neglecting our testosterone levels.
As well as sexual problems, symptoms of low testosterone in men include:
- Feeling more tired and unfit
- Sleep problems
- Mood changes, feeling out of sorts
- Lacking strength or muscle bulk
- Worse memory and concentration
- Smaller testes, larger breasts
- Night sweats and hot flushes
- Loss of body hair
- Thinning bones
- Mild anaemia
If you can identify with a few of these symptoms, you should definitely consider undertaking some serious lifestyle changes.
What Actually Happens When You Can’t Get It Up?
Think of low testosterone and your weak sex drive in terms of 3-B’s: brain, biochemistry and blood flow.
Without going too much into detail, your brain registers sexually relevant events…but it will also register stress factors preventing you from getting an erection.
The quality of your erection can depend on how much stress you are experiencing.
Your biochemistry will also determine the quality of your sex drive, because adequate levels of testosterone are required to turn signals (sent from your brain) into biochemicals signals for an erection.
In short: You need testosterone to get morning wood.
Not getting it up anymore is really a blood flow problem. While younger, healthy males shouldn’t experience blood flow issues, it will always be involved, which is why erection drugs work.
This is why lifestyle corrections are so critical for men. Most men jump to testosterone and erection drugs, but studies show complete restoration of erections in men as old as eighty when lifestyle is corrected.
Remember: Taking testosterone and NOT living healthy won’t do a thing for you.
TRT and lifestyle changes – What to do?
Let’s say you are experiencing a lack of morning wood and you know for a fact that you have low t as well. What should you do?
The first step is to start living a testosterone-supportive lifestyle:
- Adequate macronutrient intake
- Adequate calorie intake: 10 x bodyweight and a 30-40-30 (carbs, protein, fat) diet for overweight less active men. 15 x bodyweight and 40-30-30 (carbs, protein, fat) ratio for all men engaged in frequent, intense exercise.
- Adequate intake of micronutrients: The primary ones are magnesium, zinc and Vitamin D
- Weight training and intense exercise
- Lots of walking & outdoor activities since these lower stress hormone levels
Once you get diet and exercise taken care of you’ll have to get a baseline of labs:
- Testosterone, total and free
- Hemoglobin A1C (to rule out high blood sugar and diabetes)
- Fasting Insulin (to rule out insulin resistance)
- DHEA Sulfate
- Vitamin D
- High sensitivity estrogen (to rule out high aromatase since some men aromatize testosterone to estrogen)
If there are no changes after three months of focused lifestyle changes ONLY THEN consider testosterone replacement therapy or TRT.
What you want when restoring testosterone is to bring your levels back to optimal, NOT exceed them.
If levels are low right out of the gate, you have two options: HCG monotherapy (and/or clomid) or testosterone replacement.
And you should consult your physician and/or qualified lab to recommend what therapy to start.