When you have low T, the levels of the male sex hormone, testosterone, drop below normal levels. When this happens, it may affect your life in a variety of ways, such as hindering your sex life. It can cause your sex drive to go down and may even cause you to develop erectile dysfunction (ED). When you develop ED, it can cause you to have issues with getting or maintaining an erection.
What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?
Aside from low T, there are other factors that can lead to erectile dysfunction. One of the most common causes of ED is reduced blood flow to the penis caused by chronic conditions such as:
High blood pressure
Hardening of the arteries
Multiple sclerosis, chronic back pain, and other neurological conditions can also lead to ED. Psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, and relationship issues can also lead to ED.
How Does Low T Cause Erectile Dysfunction?
To have an erection, the male body relies on testosterone. However, the relationship between achieving an erection and testosterone levels is one that is complex and not completely understood. In some cases, there are men who can have erections even if their testosterone levels are below the normal range.
There is a clear link between low testosterone levels and chronic conditions that play a role in causing erectile dysfunction, such as obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
What Are Some Signs that I Have Low T?
Some of the common signs that you have low T include:
Low energy levels
Low sex drive/lack of sexual stamina
Extra fat, especially in the gut/weight gain
Issues focusing or concentrating
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you may have low T and could benefit greatly from testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
Can Hormone Replacement Therapy Help with Erectile Dysfunction?
For men with normal testosterone levels, raising them with testosterone replacement therapy won’t likely help their erectile dysfunction. Instead, they will need to determine the underlying cause, such as chronic illness, obesity, etc., and address that with their doctor to determine the best course of action.
With TRT, you can restore and enhance libido as well as the ability to achieve and maintain an erection. Other benefits of TRT include:
Elevated mood and a better sense of well being
Increased calcium retention, which can increase bone density
Reduced inflammation, which results in a decrease in joint pain and stiffness