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  • Writer's pictureMonica Bell

Can Low Testosterone Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

Testosterone is getting a lot of attention lately. Our understanding and appreciation of all hormones' roles in every aspect of our lives continue to grow. Sexual function and overall health and well-being are tightly connected to testosterone, but other factors significantly influence sexual function and health. We will examine testosterone's role in erectile dysfunction and the complex interplay of lifestyle and hormones in sexual desire and satisfaction.


What is Testosterone and Why Does it Matter?

Testosterone is a powerful hormone for both men and women. Testosterone is made in the testicles and controls normal male sexual development and functions for men. As men age, their testosterone levels fall, on average 1-2% every year after the age of 30. Here are the symptoms of low testosterone:

Low sex drive

Low sex drive is more troublesome for some people than others. If you have a long-time partner with whom you have had a healthy and consistent sex life, a low sex drive could present problems.

Reduced lean muscle mass

Maintaining muscle mass is critical as you get older. Without it, you can’t continue to function at a level that supports your activities. Men lose about 30% or more of their muscle mass during their lifetime. You have to have sufficient testosterone to build muscle combined with weight-bearing exercises.

Fatigue and lack of motivation

Feeling tired and lacking the motivation to do the things you used to? Low testosterone could be the culprit.

Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction may or may not be caused by low testosterone, however, a decrease in morning erections can be the first sign of low testosterone. Erectile problems are common in men, with a frequent cause being the hardening of the arteries impeding blood flow to the penis. And low testosterone is a frequent accomplice to atherosclerosis in contributing to erectile dysfunction. As many as one in three men mentioning erectile dysfunction to their doctor have low testosterone. Experts believe that other factors, including low testosterone, make a difficult situation worse.


What Modifiable Lifestyle Factors Contribute to Sex Drive and Erectile Dysfunction?

There are a host of medical conditions and lifestyle factors that contribute to low sex drive and erectile dysfunction. It can seem overwhelming to tackle health-related problems, but the benefits will be significant.


Endocrine diseases like diabetes affect the body’s ability to use insulin. Diabetes can cause nerve damage which impairs blood flow to the penis and disrupts hormone levels.

Neurological Disorders

Nerve conditions affect the brain’s ability to communicate with the reproductive system. Examples of neurological disorders include MS, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and dementia.


Several medications can contribute to erectile dysfunction including, but not limited to Flomax, beta-blockers, Xanax, and antidepressants.

Cardiac Conditions

Heart problems such as atherosclerosis and hypertension can cause erectile dysfunction.

Mental Health Problems

Depression and anxiety are risk factors for erectile dysfunction, and the drugs used to treat these disorders can also contribute.


Stress, either due to erectile dysfunction, relationship issues, or other factors in your life, can cause erectile dysfunction.

Obesity and Lack of Exercise and More

You can probably see where we are headed with this? An unhealthy person is much more likely to have erectile dysfunction. Obesity, alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, smoking, and drug use are all culprits.


Treatment Options for Erectile Dysfunction

Occasional erectile dysfunction is probably not a cause for concern, but if it is an ongoing issue, it can cause stress in your relationship and affect your self-confidence. First of all, while you are in the process of treating your erectile dysfunction, realize that you can explore other areas of sexuality. It is possible to have an orgasm without an erection. Explore mutual masturbation and other forms of intimacy. Keep a positive attitude and consider treatment options for erectile dysfunction.

At Optimal Hormone Health, we will do a complete evaluation of your hormone levels and overall health. Then we will put together an individualized plan for treating your erectile dysfunction and improving all other aspects of your life.

Testosterone Replacement

If you have low testosterone levels, getting your testosterone back up to healthy levels makes sense. At Optimal Hormone Health, we explore a variety of ways to optimize testosterone in men. Some of the options include injections, creams, and pellets. Optimizing testosterone levels usually results in increased libido, morning erections, and improved erection quality.

Alma Duo

At Optimal Hormone Health, we have the gold standard shock wave technology for restoring blood flow to the penis. Using FDA-approved technology, our focused, low-intensity shockwave device can help strengthen & maintain erections by:

  • Increasing blood flow

  • Encouraging stem cells

  • Encouraging new blood vessel growth

And Alma Duo is not just for men with erectile dysfunction! We can treat anyone who wants a better erection. Examples of suitable candidates for treatment include:

  • Anyone who wants a better erection

  • If you use Viagra or Cialis and get a good response

  • If you use the above and get a poor response

  • If you have a difficult time maintaining an erection until completion

Improving Your Health

It is human nature to want a quick fix to erectile dysfunction, but as you can see, treatment involves a holistic and comprehensive approach to your specific health care needs. Taking steps to improve your overall health will make you a more confident and vibrant person.


Optimal Hormone Health and Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction does not have to disrupt your life. View this problem as an opportunity to enhance your sexual drive, improve your relationship, and live a longer, healthier life.

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