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Erectile Dysfunction and Low Testosterone
Common Causes and Treatment Options
Common Causes of Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects 50% of men older than 40 years of age. Men with ED have trouble getting or maintaining an erection suitable for sex. Formerly known as male impotence, ED may result in substantial negative effect on quality of life. Some of the common causes of ED are:
- Reduced blood flow to the penis due to chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and hardening of the arteries.
- Psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, and relationship issues
- Multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, chronic back pain, and other -neurological conditions.
- Low Testosterone (T) level
Low Testosterone (T) and ED
Today we will talk about the link between low T and ED. If you have low T, your levels of the male sex hormone, testosterone, are below normal. When that happens your sex drive may take a dive and you might develop erectile dysfunction. It has been known that male erections depend on testosterone, however, the relationship between the two is not fully understood. Some men have healthy erections despite low testosterone levels. If we dig deeper, we learn that low testosterone levels are linked to a number of the same chronic conditions that play a role in erectile dysfunction, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
Sharzad Green, Pharm. D., is a hormone replacement specialist & pharmacist at Community Clinical Pharmacy, in Mesa, Arizona. She offers private Hormone Replacement Consultations to find a tailored solution that fits your needs. Sharzad has had the privilege of working with over 12,000 patients and providers in the Valley and around the world.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy and ED
In men with low testosterone, Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) may protect against some of the risk factors for ED by reducing belly fat, increasing insulin sensitivity, and lowering the risk for diabetes. Some studies suggest that TRT in men with low T may benefit the heart, although high doses of TRT may make heart disease worse.
Options to Help Raise your T level
If your testosterone level measures in the normal range, testosterone supplementation may not help your ED. Instead, you’ll have to look for other solutions. If you have low T, there are several options available to help raise your T level. At community Clinical Pharmacy, we custom make testosterone lozenges, creams, gels and injections. The lozenges or troches (pronounced Trow-kees) can be made in different strengths and flavors.
Some of our most popular flavors are raspberry, marshmallow, peppermint and banana. One may dissolve the troche in the cheek or under the tongue once or multiple times a day.
Gels and Creams are applied topically to the skin. One of the best formulas to enhance testosterone absorption utilizes a gel called Atrevis. Many factors are taken into consideration in choosing the ideal base for your topical TRT. Testosterone injectable formulations are available commercially, however, for patients who are allergic to one or more ingredients in the commercially available products, alternative formulas may be compounded. Treating low T can improve your sex life by restoring your libido and uplifting your mood, thereby renewing your interest in being intimate. You must realize that TRT may have risks and side effects and long-term safety and effectiveness have not been thoroughly studied.
To obtain more information and to find out if you would benefit from TRT, contact Community Clinical Pharmacy. An individualized consultation may be necessary to assess your particular situation, discuss your lab results, and come up with a plan for TRT or other viable options to help with your low T and ED.
If you find yourself interested in the treatments mentioned or any other alternatives to treatments that may not be working for you, contact our experts at Community Clinical Pharmacy. We can answer all your questions and work towards formulating a solution that works for you.
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