Necessary for life
Hormones are vital for sustaining life, and they play a role in the function of every part of the body. Many of the hormones interact with others, not the least being those that promote the perpetuation of life.
A lack of certain hormones can impact on the reproductive system and fertility, while a lack of others can negatively affect libido and sexual functionality.
Both men and women can be equally affected, as the sex hormones estrogen, testosterone and progesterone, are present in males and females – although proportions may differ.
Hormones that affect a woman’s sexuality
Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, are hormones that influence a woman’s sexual desire and reproductive system. An imbalance of all, or any of them, can result in sexual desire, libido issues, and fertility difficulties.
- Estrogen, which is a woman’s life blood, fluctuates during the menstrual cycles, and when levels drop, so does sexual desire. Fortunately this is only a temporary setback.
- Some hormonal birth control methods, including the pill, interfere with the menstrual cycle, and also leads to low libido hassles.
- During pre-menopause and menopause, both estrogen and progesterone steadily decrease, and many women report a drastic drop in sexual desire.
- A certain amount of testosterone, although a male hormone, is also needed by women, for healthy sexual desire. This hormone is produced through the operation of the ovaries and the adrenal glands.
There are many factors which may affect various hormone levels, and the sex hormones of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, are certainly not excluded.
Hormones which affect a man’s sexuality
Testosterone, the powerful male hormone, plays a major part in a man’s life. It is produced mainly in the testicles, and among other things such as muscle strength and sperm production, is responsible for all the male characteristics, including the development of the sexual organs.
From the onset of puberty, testosterone is the driving force of a man’s libido, which is at its peak from the late teens until the middle thirties. After that the libido, with age, gradually begins to decrease, in line with gradual decreasing testosterone.
However, men do not go through menopause, and for many men, no matter what age, the sex drive may never completely disappear, but the intensity could change over time.
Although testosterone is the most influential hormone when it comes sexuality, low levels are tied into low libido problems. Research has shown that an endocrine disorder may decrease testosterone levels, and possibly lead to a degree of erectile dysfunction.
The endocrine system is a collection of glands, which among other things, also regulates sexual function.
Other factors that may affect sexuality
Sex hormones which are perfectly balanced, is undoubtedly the best way to maintain libido and sexual desire in both men and women.
However, there are other factors which may cause your libido to hit the ground.
Certain medications, including blood pressure meds, antidepressants, antihistamines, and diabetic meds, can seriously impede desire. Visit the doctor if you feel your sexuality has been compromised by medications. There could also be an undiagnosed medical problem adding to the problem.
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