Guys! This one’s for you! Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for erectile dysfunction. You’ve heard of it. Maybe some good stuff. Maybe some not-so-good stuff. But for some reason, you won’t ask your doctor about it. Why’s that? Is there a little voice inside your head that’s screaming, “Don’t tell anyone! They’re going to think you’re weak, or there’s something wrong with you!”
But wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to treat erectile dysfunction so that you could have a super awesome sex life again? Of course it would! If you’re stuck with the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, hormone replacement therapy may be the superhero that saves your sex life!
HRT to the rescue!
So, what does HRT have to do with erectile dysfunction? To find out, we first need to look at the causes of erectile dysfunction.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction
Often mental health issues like depression and anxiety are the culprit. Sometimes, there’s an unresolved issue in the relationship. But erectile dysfunction isn’t always just in your head. There are often underlying physical reasons that you could be experiencing premature ejaculations or the inability to get or maintain an erection.
Maybe you have a chronic condition like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, or hardening of the arteries. These all reduce blood flow to your penis – and you know what that means!
Or you could have a hormone imbalance. Since you’re a guy, the obvious hormone to jump to here is testosterone. But testosterone isn’t the only hormone that can cause ED. For example, men who have an imbalance in thyroid hormones can also struggle with erectile dysfunction.
If it’s hormones, then it’s time to call in the cavalry.
Finding out whether the underlying cause of your erectile dysfunction is hormones is as easy as calling your doctor and going in for blood tests. That may not seem easy to some of you because just the idea of having to say the words “erectile dysfunction” out loud is enough to make you cringe.
However, you don’t have to worry. You’re not the only guy who’s going through this.
The reason we can say this is that erectile dysfunction affects about 30 million men in the United States! Your doctor, man or woman, isn’t going to think any less of you for having this condition. Just the opposite:
- They know that talking with your doctor and seeking a solution takes courage.
- They also appreciate that you’re taking care of yourself and supporting your relationship.
Once your doctor has found the underlying cause of the condition, then they will make a treatment plan for you. If hormone imbalance needs to be addressed, then it’s as simple as getting on BHRT.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy involves using naturally derived hormones to rebalance your natural hormone levels. BHRT provides a steady stream of hormones directly to your bloodstream, improving symptoms of an imbalance, including erectile dysfunction.
For example, if your testosterone level has dropped below normal, testosterone therapy is the best way to bring it back to optimal levels. Testosterone therapy can improve your sex drive, lift your mood, and improve erections.
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can also help clear up some of those other causes of erectile dysfunction like obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. When these conditions clear up, blood flow to the penis tends to increase.
How is testosterone therapy delivered?
The easiest way to deliver testosterone therapy is via bio-identical hormone pellets. You can read much more about hormone pellet therapy for men here, but your practitioner will insert a pellet about the size of a grain of rice just under the surface of your skin in your arm or other part of your body.
Over time, the pellet releases hormones into your body. The pellet will eventually dissolve and be absorbed by your body. At that point, you can have another one inserted. TRT pellets can last up to 6 months!
Here’s what you can expect from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for erectile dysfunction:
- The treatment is discreet. No one even has to know the pellet is there.
- Sexual function will improve.
- There is minimal risk of side effects.
- The results are long-lasting.
- BHRT is less invasive than penile implant surgery and more convenient than a penis pump.
Now Let’s Talk About Thyroid Hormone Imbalance
Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. It produces thyroid hormones that play critical roles in almost every function of the body. That’s a lot of responsibility for such a small gland! All hormones are chemical messengers that deliver instructions to different organs and tissues in the body. If your thyroid levels are too high or too low, then you will likely feel:
- constantly exhausted
- bummed out all the time
- absolutely no or little desire to have sex
Unfortunately, if your thyroid isn’t producing enough thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism), then you may have trouble getting or keeping an erection. This is not uncommon.
The good news here is that, like testosterone, a thyroid hormone deficiency can be treated using hormone replacement therapy.
In addition, increasing your thyroid levels can also boost your testosterone levels because of how the two hormones interact with one another.
On the other hand, if your body is making too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism), you may struggle with premature ejaculation. If this is the case, your doctor will address this condition with appropriate treatment.
Thyroid disorders have also been linked to
- interference with the hormones that regulate the production of testosterone and
- decreased production of molecules that regulate blood vessel function in your penis.
If thyroid issues are the underlying cause of your ED, then once it’s treated, your sexual function should return to normal.
Just like testosterone, finding out if you have a thyroid disorder is as easy as making an appointment and getting some blood tests. You could even have both your testosterone and thyroid checked at the same time!
You’ve Got This!
Erectile dysfunction doesn’t just ruin your sex life, it can ruin your whole life. It can also point to an underlying condition that, once treated, will not only address your issues in the bedroom but will improve your overall health and wellbeing. If you’re ready to get a handle on ED, contact us for a consultation!